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Xavier: Renegade Angel
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this animated Adult Swim series is intended for mature audiences only (and opens with a disclaimer saying so). It's full of crude references to oral sex, same-sex relationships, and incest; cartoon nudity (buttocks and breasts are visible; male genitalia is blurred); and blood (limbs are torn from people and animals, etc.). Racial and homophobic epithets ("honky," "dyke," and more) are used frequently, and the stream of words like "ass," "bitch," and "hell" is endless.
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What's the story?
XAVIER: RENEGADE ANGEL is a decidedly adult-oriented animated series that follows the narcissistic spiritual wanderings of a half man/half beast named Xavier. The odd-looking, self-absorbed creature embarks on a search for his father's killer ... after burning down his parents' house while they were still inside. Oblivious to the fact that he is responsible for the death, he travels the country, hoping to unlock the deep mysteries of his soul while helping others.
Is it any good?
Unfortunately, the people that Xavier meets on his journeys are usually too narrow-minded to accept him into their community. It doesn't help when the untalented, rather powerless healer causes major problems while feeding his self-absorbed need to uncover life's deeper meaning. But with the help of his ancient spirit guide, Xavier usually manages to at least partially fix the messes he creates along the way.
Created by John Lee and Vernon Chatman, the show's computer graphic animation makes it look more like a video game than a TV series. And looks aside, this Adult Swim series isn't very entertaining. It features lots of crude sexual references, nudity, and gory violence. It's also full of offensive stereotypes of various groups (including homosexuals and small-town residents) and derogatory language. Some adults may enjoy this kind of humor, but it's definitely not for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the use of stereotypes in TV shows. Why do show creators use derogatory language to create humor? Does using this language in adult programming make it more appropriate? Does anything in the show shock you, as well as make you laugh?
How does the media typically portray people and cultures that seek spiritual guidance? Which cultures rely on ancient guides and rituals to guide them through life? What kind of answers are people who practice spiritual guidance looking for?