• Son of Zorn is Bloody Ridiculous

    by  • September 9, 2016 • Fox, Paleyfest 2016 • 5 Comments


    Adult Swim-style “comedy” comes to Fox Sunday nights.

    Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith…if Zorn sounds cartoonish, there’s a reason: he is literally a cartoon character, who is able to step out of his cartoon adventures and enter the real, live-action world. There, he seeks to reconnect with his geeky teenage son Alan, forge a friendship with his remarried ex-wife Edie, and hold down an industrial sales job under his boss Linda, real humans who live in suburbia and have real problems…not the least of which is a cartoon barbarian destroying the boardroom and chopping off the heads of their neighbors’ pets.

    Son of Zorn’s blend of animation and live-action, and its extremely obvious and heavy-handed “satire” on cartoons like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe would be ideal on a cable network like Adult Swim; but while Sunday night is traditionally adult animation time on Fox, this program is bizarre even by the standards of The Simpsons and Family Guy.

    The animated segments are far bloodier than the cartoons they are parodying (and that’s supposedly part of the joke), with animated characters being killed in splats of blood, and Zorn himself boasting of feats like “drinking the blood of my fallen enemies out of the skulls of their children.” Meanwhile, the live-action segments are a tired rehash of a “irresponsible dad tries to make amends” story clumsily contrasted with Zorn’s barbarian character. The resultant “humor”  is leaden at best, with jokes about Zorn drawing his sword on his co-workers, calling a waitress “whore,” et cetera, as well as crudely joking with Edie about “that fivesome we had with the mountain trolls” and suchlike.  

    The entire premise might’ve made for a mildly clever short feature; but 10 minutes of barbarian posturing in the real world is one thing; 13 weeks of it is another. (Luckily, there’s no way this series will last 13 weeks.) Parents are duly warned that children watching Son of Zorn will be exposed to gory cartoon violence, foul language, inappropriate sexual innuendo, and “comedy” that could seriously stunt the growth of their sense of humor.

    Son of Zorn premieres Sunday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    5 Responses to Son of Zorn is Bloody Ridiculous

    1. deeskiggles
      October 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      this looks painfully unfunny. only 40 year olds can relate to this He Man character ripoff.

    2. V. Galloway
      September 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      I never understand why FOX always reaches to the bottom of the barrel for entertainment. It is deeply disturbing to think parents would ever expose their children to this. As an adult, I certainly have no interest in this garbage. Why would anyone think this is funny? It is ridiculous waste of time and money, but it is not funny.

    3. John Boulton
      September 17, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Wow, Jonathan… seriously? Chill out, dude. Anyway, I dunno. This show looks a bit “iffy” with me. I could see myself enjoying the good laugh at parts… but I suspect there are times it will become overdone with being a bit too sadistic. My concern is that, yes, it may well be shown at such a time when kids & teenagers are watching it. And, yes, I am concerned that this will merely prove just more material for kids & teenagers to repeat its “humor” offensively… which kids & teenagers do not need more of.

    4. Jonathan
      September 13, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Stunt the growth of their humor? God you must be a blast at parties. Once again his group shows they don’t know a thing about good television. May not be the best or funniest show but I’ll take it over 99% of the shows you give the “PTC’s pledge of approval to (as if your approval means anything).

      Oh and way to go blocking me on Facebook guess this groups likes to censor anybody who doesn’t think the way they do.

      • PTC
        September 14, 2016 at 10:02 am

        Jonathan, we value all opinions. We are open to any healthy debate to help parents make more informed viewing decisions for their children. Trust me, we have seen and heard it all. Most people are very supportive of what we do, but there are a few who shockingly disagree with our vision to help provide a safer TV and media environment for children. We do not block anyone on our social media, unless they have violated our comments policy. We are pretty open, but follow basic common sense social media guidelines that many corporations, non-profits, government agencies, and others follow. Basically, trolling, profanity, harassment and personal attacks are not acceptable. For clarification, please see our comments policy. http://w2.parentstv.org/blog/index.php/sample-page/

        Thanks and we look forward to your comments on our various topics in the future.

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