Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Goode Family, the animated show about a politically correct family in a college town running on ABC right now, is freaking hilarious. Run to your TiVo now and record as much as you can.
Seriously. If you are a conservative who lives in a college town, or have lived in a college town, you are going to enjoy this.
I think its for ANYONE who lives in a college town, not just a "conservative." There's also "Glee."
Otherwise most TV is crap unless you have Showtime, which has inherited HBO's mantle with Dexter, Tracy Ullman, The Tudors, Weeds and now Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco.
I have a TV show idea. Based on this. Not to sound like that evil "racist" stupid Daddy Bush appointed Sonia Sotomayor(she obviously salsa'd a Pyne Prize and summa cum out of TH's alma mater...I mean not even Alito got the award), but yet again, someone blames blacks for a crime, this time in Philly. My friends and I actually took bets on this story being bullsh*t, and wingnuts exploded. I hope they are eating crow:
(from jack and jill politics)--
"It’s hard enough being an African-American in America. Even with a brotha occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But you would think those engaging in criminal activity would leave us the hell out of it, instead of blaming us in trying to cover it up. Peep this, and get pissed or get your laugh on; though in all honesty, there’s nothing funny about manhours, time, expenses and resources being expended for a HOAX:
'PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia news outlets are reporting a suburban mother who claimed she and her 9-year-old daughter had been abducted were spotted on video surveillance at Philadelphia International Airport boarding a plane to Florida.
The Philadelphia Inquirer and WPVI-TV, citing unidentified sources, report Wednesday that 38-year-old Bonnie Sweeten, and her daughter Julia Rakoczy, were shown boarding a plane to Tampa on Tuesday afternoon.'
She'd said evil black thugs kidnapped her daughter and put her in the trunk of a car. I don’t give two shyts what excuses this heifer uses when they catch her ass. And she obviously didn’t learn jack from Susan Smith or Jennifer Wilbanks...or the infamous Charles Stewart who almost caused a race riot in Boston, when they tried the “Black Man Attacked/Kidnapped/Killed My Children/Wife” excuses."
I have no idea what Christopher Chambers just wrote, there must be some drugs involved, maybe that's why he killed my fantasy team a few years ago when he was a receiver for the Dolphins.
Back to the show, I DVR'ed it and will watch it when I get home from the airport in (hopefully) an hour. Mike Judge is awesome. Beavis and Butthead was more subversive than the average critic appreciated. Office Space was genius. King of the Hill was great for the first 8 seasons or so (before it went all Simpsons and started sucking), Idiocracy had promise but ultimately was a glorious misfire.
I'm looking forward to how Judge's new venture works out.
Christopher - for what it's worth, I called BS on the story when it flashed across our TV screen Tuesday night in Philly during an "Amber alert." The spot where the alleged (now known to be fake) abduction took place is walking distance from a property my grandparents owned in Lower Bucks County, where my parents were married in 1948 and my sister in 1987 (we sold it a few years later). There is no way a jacking could happen on that stretch of Rt. 132 (called Street Road) without numerous witnesses seeing it happen, and it is not a high crime area, although somewhat higher than it was 60 years ago when it was mostly corn fields. It sounded fishy to begin with if you knew anything about the area. The woman obviously has some issues. If what you are focusing on is that she blamed it on some imaginary black dudes, I think you are missing the real underlying human tragedy here. If your point is that too many people were too quick to believe the story specifically because of the black element, I suspect that factor was not important in terms of the decision on the part of the relevant authorities to post an Amber alert. It would have been perhaps more credible had she blamed the Russian mafia, since there is a significant Russian emigre population in Northeast Philly, about 15 minutes away.
Anyway, I liked the show, especially when the son said he was sorry for wasting gas, and the father said, that's ok, as long as you feel guilty about it! I could relate to the scene in the market, since I almost always forget to bring my reusable bag to Whole Foods (but my township recycles newspapers and paper grocery bags, so it's cool).
This is the episode where they have to waste dialogue and time to introduce characters and sorta kinda explain them. Once that's set down, it can become more focused and interesting.
That said, it was better than I expected for a pilot.
I caught most of it, and found it quite amusing. Nevertheless, I was a bit concerned by the implications of the fact that the abstinence advocates were portrayed as incestuous nutcases. While those father-daughter events certainly deserve ridicule, I wonder if it isn't going to set up a tendency to parody leftist extremism for a bit, but then parody conservative types enough to make the leftists looked flawed but reasonable in comparison. On the other hand, even if it does that, it will be more than one can ordinarily expect from one of the mainstream networks.
I noticed the exterior shots--they were brief--of the church displayed a distinctly LDS temple style of architecture.
Having fired its opening volley, I wonder if the show can sustain the critique. How many jokes about organic groceries can we stomach?
Part of the success of The Simpsons and South Park is their skewering of all sides. We'll have to see if this one follows that path; if not, likely a short run.