20 Very Adult Jokes We Missed in Kids Media

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ had a key party reference
20 Very Adult Jokes We Missed in Kids Media

Family-friendly entertainment has to walk a fine line between appropriate for children and Baby Einstein nonsense that will put anyone over the age of two to sleep. Parents need something they can take the kids to see before they lose their ever-lovin’ minds, but what’s on the screen should ideally not accomplish the same thing as staying home. It’s also usually adults behind the scenes, and they, too, would die of boredom if they didn’t spice things up once in a while.

That means a lot of your favorite movies and TV shows as a kid threw in some jokes just for the grown-ups in the house. Don’t be surprised if you rewatch them as an adult only to find barely hidden references to sex, drugs and O.J. Simpson. And so, when user Naweezy asked r/AskReddit, “What are some adult jokes we might have missed in shows and movies for kids?,” Redditors who had done just that spilled their trauma.


Cow and Chicken

Dexter’s Laboratory

Mrs. Doubtfire

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Monster House

The Rugrats Movie


Hey Arnold!

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius

Justice League

Looney Tunes

SpongeBob SquarePants

Toy Story 2




Shrek 2


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