Adult Swim

Common Sense Media says

Promotional TV site can be funny, but it's for mature users.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Adult Swim features numerous sexually suggestive clips and games, which generally seem to correspond to the interests and desires of teenage boys. There’s plenty of violence and casual sexism.

Violence

Many of the television shows on the Adult Swim network feature extreme violence, exaggerated for effect, and the Web site includes clips, games, and other materials that promote these shows and often feature the same level of violence. It’s not realistic, but blowing up animated zombies is still violent.

Sex

Little real nudity, but many parts of Adult Swim have risqué material, including mostly naked women (with breasts barely covered by superimposed graphics) digitally inserted into short clips from some of the network’s shows, or compilations of the most sexually suggestive scenes from some shows. The breasts are animated, and the action is way over the top, and it’s not at all subtle.

Language

Some of the sections feature offensive language, including “son-of-a-bitch” or “damn.” Other words are bleeped.

Consumerism

The entire purpose of the site is to promote Adult Swim’s TV shows. It also has a section where visitors can purchase T-shirts, DVDs, toys and other merchandise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the shows promoted on the site include numerous references to drinking and drugs.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the ADULT SWIM Web site is chock full of sex and violence. The online counterpart to the Adult Swim network promotes its shows with articles, clips, and full episodes; many of the shows feature extreme violence and sexually suggestive content, and so do the online features. There are also plenty of simplistic games that are equally risqué. Many of the shows, and the Web features, are animated, which gives the creators liberty to indulge in over-the-top gore and cartoon sexual antics; they may think the impact is muted because there are no live actors, but many of the images are too much for young viewers.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

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Adult Swim, the network, focuses on edgy, satirical, sometimes experimental shows that feature extreme violence, casual sexism and highly suggestive material. But it’s all done with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, so hey, it’s OK -- it’s making fun of sadism and chauvinism, not promoting it, right? Adult Swim, the Web site, follows the same pattern, with clips, articles, games, and other features that promote its shows.

Some of the shows are quite funny while some are appealing only to a niche audience, but all of them are aimed, as the name says, at adults. The Web site includes the same mix of content, which can often be hit-or-miss, but whether it strikes home or not, it’s certainly not for young people.

Online interaction: Mostly limited to bulletin boards.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about animated violence. Do you think cartoon violence is OK for kids? Does it seem less extreme if it doesn’t involve real people? Do these online clips sometime feature violence that’s more extreme than live-action horror films?

  • Do you think sexual images are less risqué when they are animated? Do you think the sites promotes sexism? How does it objectify women?

Website details

Genre:Blogging
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 10 years old August 13, 2010
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I only think it is somewhat educational.

If any kids here play the "Kill yourself in 10 minutes" game they would learn it is wrong to commit suicide, so if they learn about it from that game, maybe they won't do it in the future. That is why I wrote it is educational so us kids will learn that is wrong.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Teen, 16 years old Written byNOMOREH8 May 21, 2011
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Good for mature teens

This should only be viewed by kids that are mature enough to handle it. There's a lot of inappropriate references and it should be seen by a parent before they let their kids watch something on it. But it's a really good representation of real life, and I believe that kids need to be exposed to the real world.
Parent of a 15 year old Written byflapatriot February 3, 2010
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Adult swim using a cartoon format with the type of content is irresponsible. Cartoon format is typically associated with child entertainment, using this format to deliver such adult content is irresponsible. It perpetuates a negative message without the reality of consequence.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex

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