Parents' Guide to

Wonder Showzen

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Pitch-black puppet satire; no kids allowed!

TV MTV2 Comedy 2005
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age 14+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 14+

Wonder Showzen review

Wonder showzen is something of an anomaly and it’s one of the weirdest shows you’ll watch. The show is geared towards a counter culture audience, while at the same time pretending to be pre-schooler show. Some parts of the show can be down right unfunny like a good amount of the puppet skits, but when the jokes land it can be some of the most interesting and satirical comedy you’ll find anywhere else on TV. Some of the animation and live action bits are also really well done, but what I think the show does best is atmosphere. Wonder showzen feels very surreal. It feels very dark while having the face of something innocent. In some ways it makes you feel like your being brain washed by counter culture philosophy, a terrifying message in a seemingly innocent package. But this in if it’s self is most likely taking a satirical jab at putting western ideals into shows intended for a young audience. Wonder Showzen is not a great show but it’s worth watching just to say you’ve seen it. I wouldn’t recommend letting anyone below 14 watching this.
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age 18+

Wonder Showzen is for Adults only

i think Wonder Showzen is a amazing show but its also a very disturbing show with lots of disturbing imagery and also like other shows for Adults goes to far with making fun of stuff like religion there was one episode in season 1 that went way to far with it and while i like some parts from season 1 because of that episode i will not watch it season 2 is a little tamer in making fun of that stuff but still has a few disturbing moments in it once you get past that stuff though the show has some very funny parts like cartoons similair to Sesame street in it and the scenes with the puppets are pretty funny to but its definately not for kids because of the stuff i just mentioned plus it is very vilonte with blood and gore it is very racist has bad role models has lots of swearing like bastard and bitch and has lots of very raunchy Sexual innuendo and well its pretty funny some parts are very disturbing and sometimes Scary but with that being said Wonder Showzen is a amazing show but its also a very disturbing show at times and is for Adults only its bassically Sesame Street for Adults and i dont recommend it for anyone under the age of 18

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (12):

Wonder Showzen is the kind of series that makes viewers gasp as often as it makes them laugh. Whenever you think the show has gone as far as it can go, Chatman and Lee will dream up something even more audacious -- as they did in the first season's "Patience" episode. After viewers were subjected to an excruciatingly slow first 15 minutes, the entire thing ran backward, only to be followed by another version of the show in super-fast-forward mode.

For adults who appreciate cynical, pitch-black satire, Wonder Showzen is a dream come true. But younger children will be confused and upset by the things coming out of the furry, brightly colored puppets' mouths, and even some older teens may not be able to place the show's humor in the right context. It's absolutely a good idea to preview each episode before sharing it with children of any age -- and if you decide to keep it to yourself, enjoy ... and be sure to delete it from the TiVo when you're done.

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