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SpaceGoldfish fromWazn

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« Reply #120 on: 01-10-2012 01:14 »

No the only reason I would show him some episodes is if I was sure he wouldn't get any of the jokes.  The only other episode on the computer was Proposition Infinity, but I really thought that would be pushing it, so we watched A Clockwork Origin instead. 

I still think I liked the honking swan and the tricycletops more then he did though!
Solid Gold Bender

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« Reply #121 on: 01-10-2012 01:17 »

Interesting. How about Fry and The Slurm Factory, especially if he's seen the real thing. I would recommend all of season 1 actually.
Homer Sompson
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« Reply #122 on: 01-10-2012 18:00 »

I don't think Love's Labours Lost in Space would be good, you know, and that's from season 1.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #123 on: 01-11-2012 01:54 »

What about "I Second that Emotion"?
DannyJC13

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« Reply #124 on: 01-11-2012 17:41 »

But Bender would come across as the "bad guy" in that cause of how evil he is towards Nibbler...
Beanoz4

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« Reply #125 on: 01-11-2012 19:31 »

But then turn out as the 'nice guy' when he helps to save him.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #126 on: 07-29-2013 04:17 »
« Last Edit on: 07-29-2013 22:21 »

*BUMP!*
Not all of these episodes are appropriate, but at least they're tamer than other episodes.

Space Pilot 3000
Series has Landed
I, Roomate
A Flight to Remember
Mars University (probably the tamest of them all)
Fry and the Slurm Factory
Time keeps on Slipping
Insane in the Maneframe
Leela's Homeworld
Less Than Hero
Jurassic Bark
The Why of Fry
The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings
The Route of All Evil

.....Phew.
Quantum Neutrino Field

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« Reply #127 on: 07-29-2013 04:29 »

^ I'd disagree:
The Sting with it's dream-like uneasiness.
Raging Bender - violence?
Anna3000

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« Reply #128 on: 07-29-2013 04:41 »

I'd also kick out SP3000 because of the fairly large suicide booth part and "Xmas Story" because of homicidal Santa. Also, possibly cut out "Insane in the Mainframe" due to Roberto's violence if we're still talking about a 3 year old.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #129 on: 07-29-2013 04:58 »

^ I'd disagree:
The Sting with it's dream-like uneasiness.
Raging Bender - violence?
I'd also kick out SP3000 because of the fairly large suicide booth part and "Xmas Story" because of homicidal Santa. Also, possibly cut out "Insane in the Mainframe" due to Roberto's violence if we're still talking about a 3 year old.
A do agree for the most part with QNF about The Sting. The uneasiness is relavant, but alot of current cartoon series can get weirder than this episode ever got, such as Adventure Time or Regular Show.
I moreso agree with the Violence part, however. Although plenty of current cartoons have violence, none of them have Tommy gun carrying Santas.
If I had to cut out from my own, it would have to be TDHAIP, what with it having to do with the devil and all...
Beamer

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« Reply #130 on: 07-29-2013 05:02 »
« Last Edit on: 07-29-2013 05:04 »

Correction: The Robot Devil. tongue

Also, I'd imagine a three year old would probably get a kick out of Fry and the Slurm Factory. The Route of All Evil is a very tame episode, too.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #131 on: 07-29-2013 05:20 »

Hey, I remember this thread.
There's a number of tame episodes out there, but generally I think Futurama is pretty unsuitable for a 3-year-old.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #132 on: 07-29-2013 05:22 »

Also, I'd imagine a three year old would probably get a kick out of Fry and the Slurm Factory. The Route of All Evil is a very tame episode, too.
Those are good points. I'lll add them to my list!
Hey, I remember this thread.
There's a number of tame episodes out there, but generally I think Futurama is pretty unsuitable for a 3-year-old.
For the most part, agreed. Most of my suggestions were for ages 7-10 and up, I guess. Seriously, though, Mars University feels just like a Saturday Morning Show to me.
AllEggsIn1Basket

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« Reply #133 on: 07-29-2013 18:54 »

Wow, looks like I'm in the running for Terrible Mother 2013 seeing as my daughter (who turned two in April) has been in the same room during most of the episodes. I question how much damage is really done as her attention span for television is about 4 minutes with greatest focus being on the theme song so she can dance. Then again, she did ask to be Bender for Halloween...

JoshTheater

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« Reply #134 on: 07-29-2013 19:06 »

He's seen BWABB and Attack of the Killer App (his mom also had PI downloaded but I didn't think it would be appropriate for a 3 year old to see that.)

Wait...you're worried about him seeing things that are too mature for him, and yet those are the two episodes he's already seen? Wow, you're doing a terrible job at this. tongue
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #135 on: 07-29-2013 19:56 »

If I had to choose which Movie would be most appropriate, I would probably have to go with Into the Wild Green Yonder. Other than Leela's swearing at the begginning (although it is cencored) and possibly the strip club scene with Fanny (not sure if that's her name, I mean Bender's girlfriend in the movie), it's relatively tame compared to the other movies.
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #136 on: 07-29-2013 21:39 »

I actually had a similar problem almost a year ago... I was living in an apartment with two guys, one of their girlfriends, and her children who were in 1st and 2nd grade at the time.  We let them watch Futurama, and tried to skip past anything that seemed like it might be bad; ie sex or violent.  I don't think Futurama is that bad in the violent department to be honest.

It's rather Low-End for TV-14, On the original run, it was mostly TV-PG (With some TV-14 episodes) Sex is mostly references, an violence is controlled. It's about Simpsons Level. All the canadian releases for Futurama (Except Vol. 6) Is 14A, but same with the Simpsons (With the exception of Season 15) so really, Those two are rather low in the adult cartoon category.
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #137 on: 07-29-2013 21:42 »
« Last Edit on: 07-29-2013 21:47 »

*BUMP!*
Not all of these episodes are appropriate, but at least they're tamer than other episodes.

Space Pilot 3000
Series has Landed
I, Roomate
A Flight to Remember
Mars University (probably the tamest of them all)
Fry and the Slurm Factory
Xmas Story
Raging Bender
Time keeps on Slipping
Insane in the Maneframe
Leela's Homeworld
Less Than Hero
Jurassic Bark
The Sting
The Why of Fry
The Fransworth Parabox
The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings
The Route of All Evil
Saturday Morning Fun Pit

.....Phew.
Wow, odd enough, all episodes are 14+ in Canada, but on the Global Channel, Family Guy gets a PG!?! Canadians are weird though
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #138 on: 07-29-2013 21:45 »
« Last Edit on: 07-29-2013 21:47 »

^ I'd disagree:
The Sting with it's dream-like uneasiness.
Raging Bender - violence?
I'd also kick out SP3000 because of the fairly large suicide booth part and "Xmas Story" because of homicidal Santa. Also, possibly cut out "Insane in the Mainframe" due to Roberto's violence if we're still talking about a 3 year old.
A do agree for the most part with QNF about The Sting. The uneasiness is relavant, but alot of current cartoon series can get weirder than this episode ever got, such as Adventure Time or Regular Show.
I moreso agree with the Violence part, however. Although plenty of current cartoons have violence, none of them have Tommy gun carrying Santas.
If I had to cut out from my own, it would have to be TDHAIP, what with it having to do with the devil and all...
The Farnsworth Pararabox I would say should stay out, Because it was rated 12 by the BBFC, and all the drug references  :/
and Saturday Morning Fun Pit for Violence (GI Zapp)
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #139 on: 07-29-2013 22:18 »

^ I'd disagree:
The Sting with it's dream-like uneasiness.
Raging Bender - violence?
I'd also kick out SP3000 because of the fairly large suicide booth part and "Xmas Story" because of homicidal Santa. Also, possibly cut out "Insane in the Mainframe" due to Roberto's violence if we're still talking about a 3 year old.
A do agree for the most part with QNF about The Sting. The uneasiness is relavant, but alot of current cartoon series can get weirder than this episode ever got, such as Adventure Time or Regular Show.
I moreso agree with the Violence part, however. Although plenty of current cartoons have violence, none of them have Tommy gun carrying Santas.
If I had to cut out from my own, it would have to be TDHAIP, what with it having to do with the devil and all...
The Farnsworth Pararabox I would say should stay out, Because it was rated 12 by the BBFC, and all the drug references  :/
and Saturday Morning Fun Pit for Violence (GI Zapp)
I'll remove the ones everyone disagrees with from my list. Also, I'll add any suggestions you guys have to it. I'll make it kind of like a Master List of safe episodes!
Tachyon

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« Reply #140 on: 07-29-2013 22:27 »

Wow, looks like I'm in the running for Terrible Mother 2013 seeing as my daughter (who turned two in April) has been in the same room during most of the episodes. I question how much damage is really done as her attention span for television is about 4 minutes with greatest focus being on the theme song so she can dance. Then again, she did ask to be Bender for Halloween...


Watch out this Halloween... "Only two mini-Snickers bars?  Bite my shiny metal ass!"  :D

Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #141 on: 07-29-2013 22:32 »

Wow, looks like I'm in the running for Terrible Mother 2013 seeing as my daughter (who turned two in April) has been in the same room during most of the episodes. I question how much damage is really done as her attention span for television is about 4 minutes with greatest focus being on the theme song so she can dance. Then again, she did ask to be Bender for Halloween...
May I suggest that she goes as Gender Bender? laff
TheMadCapper

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« Reply #142 on: 07-29-2013 23:19 »

Futurama is meant for mature audiences. I wouldn't show a small child Futurama. It is great fun for adults, but there are too many elements present that children who are still forming a paradigm should not be exposed to. Some of the things we laugh at in Futurama include disrespect for others, sexual promiscuity, violence, breaking the law, profanity, and substance abuse.

At age 3, kids can be told that something is bad, but I don't think they should be presented with it as amusement. Kids emulate what they see.

Edit - especially since most of the time the bad behavior is without consequences. Sometimes it's important to the plot, but usually the misbehavior is played for laughs and then dropped and ignored.

I said it two years ago, and I still stand behind it. A small child doesn't need to be exposed to adult entertainment even if it's in a colorful visually attractive cartoon.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #143 on: 07-29-2013 23:52 »

Futurama is meant for mature audiences. I wouldn't show a small child Futurama. It is great fun for adults, but there are too many elements present that children who are still forming a paradigm should not be exposed to. Some of the things we laugh at in Futurama include disrespect for others, sexual promiscuity, violence, breaking the law, profanity, and substance abuse.

At age 3, kids can be told that something is bad, but I don't think they should be presented with it as amusement. Kids emulate what they see.

Edit - especially since most of the time the bad behavior is without consequences. Sometimes it's important to the plot, but usually the misbehavior is played for laughs and then dropped and ignored.

I said it two years ago, and I still stand behind it. A small child doesn't need to be exposed to adult entertainment even if it's in a colorful visually attractive cartoon.

I do agree with that, myself.
It's really no argument whether Futurama is a kid's show or not; it's not. So honestly, I don't think letting kids watch it would be wise.

But, if they want to see it, or if the parents think the kid would like it, this thread is meant to help those parents decide what episodes would be appropriate to watch as a family.
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #144 on: 07-30-2013 03:11 »

"Yo Leela Leela" would be perfectly acceptable, I think, since a lot of people think it plays like an unimaginative, obnoxious kids' show anyway.


But the Popular Slut Club part :/
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #145 on: 07-30-2013 03:17 »


Bender literally shits a brick

Not that bad, will fly over their heads :/
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #146 on: 07-30-2013 03:18 »

Yeah, I think "Yo Leela Leela" isn't appropriate at all. There's quite a lot of lazy sex jokes and mild language which I presume are to balance out the cutesy premise.
Beamer

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« Reply #147 on: 07-30-2013 04:13 »

The Farnsworth Pararabox I would say should stay out, Because it was rated 12 by the BBFC, and all the drug references  :/
Would a small child even understand the jokes, though? You're not outright showing any consumption, a kid's not going to think "420" holds any meaning beyond "a big number."

Look, I've been watching The Simpsons since I was 5 years old. Regularly, with many, many repeat viewings between then and now (I'm currently 24). And the beauty about these shows is, most of the more adult-oriented humour is executed with enough subtlety that it goes over your head as a kid. Simpsons episodes I saw as a 5 year old played differently when I was 10, then differently again when I was 15, and again when I was 20; albeit to a lesser extent. No, Futurama isn't the best choice for kids' entertainment, but I honestly don't think that even the roughest of episodes can do THAT much damage. Parents are a lot more protective these days about what their kids watch than they were several decades ago. It's not like you're exposing them to graphic violence or pornography or anything. A small child isn't watching this stuff on the same level as us - they're probably not even going to register the meaning behind most of the suff you're worrying about.

Also, if Futurama was around when I was a young kid, Bender shitting a brick probably would've been my favourite joke ever.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #148 on: 07-30-2013 07:20 »
« Last Edit on: 07-30-2013 07:23 »

I think just outright showing a kid pornography would potentially be better than showing a toddler - a TODDLER! - a show in which the characters frequently hurt each other for laughs and there are few really obvious moral boundaries for the violence. (And it's not just about how graphic it is, but more importantly, what the kids are learning from it - e.g. it is okay to hit someone because they annoy you in some minor way.)

I stand behind everything I said in this thread way back. Showing Futurama to a 7 or 8 year old is potentially a very different discussion, but a toddler just should not be watching this show, period. Kids grow up fast, and there will be plenty of time to expose them to shows like this in a few years when they're at a more appropriate age and can better contextualize the violence they see in fiction. Do so then.

As a parent (if I was one), I would not care one lick about Bender shitting a brick. I would be more concerned with Leela slapping Fry, and having that be played for laughs. I hate to play the "blame cartoons" card because I don't otherwise agree with it, but do people really not think toddlers imitate the things they see, on TV or elsewhere?
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #149 on: 07-30-2013 14:34 »

Yeah, I think "Yo Leela Leela" isn't appropriate at all. There's quite a lot of lazy sex jokes and mild language which I presume are to balance out the cutesy premise.
It was 12 rated from the BBFC for sex references
AllEggsIn1Basket

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« Reply #150 on: 07-30-2013 14:35 »

It's really the judgement call of the child's parents and it's their responsibility to set the parameters for viewing, same as it is for exposure to anything else. When TV shows are marked for viewership as "parental guidance advised," it's a parent's duty to provide the guidance and limitations as appropriate or not allow the show to be watched. I was about three when my dad started reading the newspaper comics to me. It's one of my happiest childhood memories, sprawling on the living room floor with the Sunday comics spread so he could read me the captions for the frames. Once I could read on my own, do you think I only read Family Circus and Dennis the Menace? No, I kept on through Snuffy Smith, Andy Capp, and Doonesbury. As much as I would have loved to have a talking tiger, it was clear that Calvin and Hobbes and all the other characters weren't real people. Children understand a lot more about the difference between reality and pretend than they're often given credit for and that understanding is helped along when parents take the time to reaffirm it.

If my daughter watches the first few minutes of Futurama so she can dance around to the theme song and then we read a book while my husband watches the rest of the episode, I think that's okay. It's just a few minutes out of many hours spent together. Perhaps I'll be extracting my foot from my mouth next week when she opens the fridge, downs a bottle of beer, and then smashes it on the floor, but most likely not. I'm of the opinion that it's interactions between real people that most influence what children imitate and emulate.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #151 on: 07-30-2013 15:16 »

I think you're right AllEggs, but not all children are the same. Some can react much more strongly toward TV than others.

But I'm not gonna pretend I know the first thing about 3-year-olds.
Mr Snrub

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« Reply #152 on: 07-30-2013 16:11 »

I watched the show when I was six and barely understood a single joke. Still loved it, but didn't get it.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #153 on: 07-30-2013 16:20 »

Six seems young to me, but I wouldn't object as strongly. At that point, it actually would depend more on the kid. I think a six or seven year old can at least understand fantasy violence as such, especially when it's in very clear good/evil terms.

The biggest fallacy people keep making is thinking that something that's okay for SOME kids is okay for ALL of them. I would gladly show a six or seven year old Powerpuff Girls, or Ninja Turtles, or Star Wars. But a toddler is just too young. Kids develop very quickly and there really is a world of difference between those two ages.
Destroyer334545

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« Reply #154 on: 08-13-2013 03:30 »

Way to pick and choose one example out of dozens.

Futurama is a great show for mature audiences. It has entertained me since 2001. I have been a mature adult as long as this show has existed.
That does not mean children of age 3 should view this profane, disrespectful, violent, sexually charged show. It's for adults. Children who are learning to poop in a toilet should not be exposed to humor about senseless consequenceless violence and bad manners and sexual promiscuity. The Futurama universe is freaking twisted. Kids who have no idea what the number 8 is shouldn't have adult programming inflicted upon them.
Really, I was never offended by Futurama, and IMO, its rather low-end for TV-14, not for three year olds, but not the worst (Content Wise) TV show. ATHF, South Park and Robot Chicken are Disturbing most of the time, there is some sexual content in Futurama, but it's not freaking Animated Porn.
cartoonlover27

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« Reply #155 on: 08-13-2013 03:49 »

Futurama is meant for mature audiences. I wouldn't show a small child Futurama. It is great fun for adults, but there are too many elements present that children who are still forming a paradigm should not be exposed to. Some of the things we laugh at in Futurama include disrespect for others, sexual promiscuity, violence, breaking the law, profanity, and substance abuse.

At age 3, kids can be told that something is bad, but I don't think they should be presented with it as amusement. Kids emulate what they see.

Edit - especially since most of the time the bad behavior is without consequences. Sometimes it's important to the plot, but usually the misbehavior is played for laughs and then dropped and ignored.

I said it two years ago, and I still stand behind it. A small child doesn't need to be exposed to adult entertainment even if it's in a colorful visually attractive cartoon.

I agree that most eps are not appropriate for a three year old, but I think it's not that bad as long as you choose the right episode. I've been watching the Simpsons since I was like 5.
Kataang102

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« Reply #156 on: 08-13-2013 03:55 »

What about The Lesser of Two Evils

there's nothing too horrificly offensive exept maybe for the bathtub scene
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #157 on: 08-13-2013 04:01 »

What about The Lesser of Two Evils

there's nothing too horrificly offensive exept maybe for the bathtub scene
There's also the strip club scene, though....

I think 'Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch' would be an appropriate episode for older kids who understand the whole pregnancy thing, say 10 and up, but not for a 3 year old.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #158 on: 08-13-2013 04:40 »

I think most kids understand what pregnancy is, just not what actually triggers it.

Either way, KGKUAN is too Zapp-heavy to be appropriate for a young child in my opinion.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #159 on: 08-13-2013 04:55 »

I think most kids understand what pregnancy is, just not what actually triggers it.

Either way, KGKUAN is too Zapp-heavy to be appropriate for a young child in my opinion.
Actually, Zapp doesn't say anything that bad in that epsisode, other than 'Ship-to-ship intimacy' and 'a litttle lower and alot softer'.
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