South Park

South Park

Various television shows have mature content, but many animated series often explore dark humor and have obscene skits. Adult shows can include TV-14 to TV-MA. Dark humor is the main reason many viewers watch these animated shows, which is explored within each dynamic of specific animated shows.

‘Family Guy’

        This hit sitcom follows the Griffin family in their hectic, comedic lives. Most of the show has dark humor and dabbles in political or social stereotypes. The most intriguing element of the show is the generational age gap with the main characters. The parents, Peter and Lois, offer dark humor with political or historical contexts that are identifiable with adults. The teenagers, Meg and Chris, offer a form of relevance to social issues in the eyes of a younger generation or the obstacles with being a teen in today’s society. Furthermore, Stewie, their toddler, offers the mindset of a child with an unbelievable desire for world domination. These combinations of generations, along with the dark humor that includes stereotypes, sexual jokes and overall sarcastic attitudes make this show geared towards adults.

‘Big Mouth’

        “Big Mouth” talks all about puberty. This lewd show follows middle school boys and girls on discovering their bodies and how hormones affect their everyday lives. As puberty is a confusing time for many, it’s no secret this show can have vulgar ways to express it. Masturbation, genitalia and sexual concepts are the main themes of the show. Graphic depictions of these themes are typical in this animated show, yet the dark humor is a constant presence not only in the show, but other animated shows in general.

‘South Park’

        “South Park” follows four young boys in their ridiculous adventures in the small, quiet town of South Park, Colorado. As the show may sound intriguing and open to everyone, it quickly reminds viewers of the inappropriate behavior of kids in elementary school. Many of the jokes play on stereotypes, include vulgar language and sometimes show graphic depictions or actions from the characters. Slapstick comedy is definitely the underlying theme in the show and leaves viewers wanting more. The immaturity of the characters along with the sarcastic comments made throughout the show makes this animated adult show a very popular one.

‘Happy Tree Friends’

        Don’t let the cute cartoon characters trick you, because “Happy Tree Friends” is brutal. These episodes go from a simple, silly comedy to a violent, aggressive disaster. In every episode, an innocent character stumbles into a small disaster. Whether it’s stuck on a roller coaster or getting gum on their shoe, the problem always escalates in this show. From one small incident comes a brutal disaster. Magical boulders, nails or even knives are included in the show and somehow our happy characters usually end up mutilated or die a slow death. All of the episodes appear friendly and happy, which makes the deceiving look of a kid’s television show turn into a graphically violent, slightly funny comedy. In a way, it’s as if the creators get carried away with figuring out how to murder characters in each episode. The show receives much criticism that certain companies have taken the extent to ban the show from their streaming services. Russia in particular, refuses to stream any of the show’s content. Now, it is no lie the show’s main theme is death, but playing on innocence and almost unimaginable ways of dying make the show slightly comedic.

        Each show has a unique form of expressing their content and many of the themes are presented in a comedic format. Furthermore, these shows offer comedy for adults who enjoy dark humor, which makes them the best.

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