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TV Series Review

As a 16-year-old human raised by anthropomorphic jellyfish, Cornell somehow never caught on that he was adopted. Sure, his parents (Barry and Debbie) and sister (KY) looked different, but he was still their son. Just … a human son.

When Cornell’s parents finally get around to telling him that he’s not their biological offspring, he feels lost. Bewildered and perplexed, Cornell begins to try new things to find out who he is. And his search for his “true” identity leads him, his parents and his sister, to rediscover their passions in peculiar and—critically for our purposes--obscene ways.

Too Adult to Swim?

Back in 2015, Tyler Okonma (more widely known as Tyler the Creator) and buddy Lionel Boyce came up with the idea for The Jellies!. At first, the show was featured on Tyler’s own app, Golf Media, a place where Tyler could give fans a piece of his brain without restriction. Tyler said that he wanted the app to be “my own MTV or my own Cartoon Network.”

The problem? Well, Tyler’s idea of “Cartoon Network” was too obscene for the actual station. But in October 2017, the show was taken from the app and given a home on Adult Swim, the Cartoon Network’s most risqué time block. Known for its mature content, Adult Swim presents animated characters that are bound to catch an innocent eye or two. But let me warn you: this is not the kind of show you’d want your children to watch. In fact, I bet you wouldn’t even want to watch it yourself.

The show features Cornell, a malleable people pleaser, his average jellyfish dad, Barry, provocative mom, Debbie, and plain-Jane sister, KY. Some characters take a stab at morality while most are just obscene. Jokes about racism, drugs, sex, sexual orientation, abuse and rape litter each episode. Then, of course, there’s the profane language that pops in every five seconds.

It’s like every jellyfish’s worst nightmare.

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Episode Reviews

May 19, 2019: "Jellystripper"
May 19, 2019: "My Brother's Keeper"



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Lionel Boyce as various; Tyler the Creator as various; Blake Anderson as Barry Jelly; Mashari Laila Bain as Girl from Brooklyn; A.J. Johnson as Debbie Jelly; Kilo Kish as KY Jelly; Phil LaMarr as Cornell Jelly; Frankie Ingrassia as Producer; J.D. Witherspoon as Drake; Kevin Michael Richardson as Reggie




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Kristin Smith

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