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Wednesday, May 27: The Goode Family

by Zach Oat May 26, 2009 5:27 pm
Wednesday, May 27: <i>The Goode Family</i>

I wasn't sure how I felt about this new animated series on ABC, until I found out Mike Judge was actually involved -- I probably should have known, since it looks like it could take place in the same oddly-drawn world as Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill. This series targets the opposite end of the earth from the salt-of-the-earth, down-home Texans of KotH, namely overly sensitive hippie-types who don't eat meat and bathe in rainwater. Basically, whereas the Hills were all Bush supporters, the Goodes live by the tenet "What Would Al Gore Do?" (Uh, grow a beard?)

Of course, I can't help but think of the last time a popular cartoon spun off in a different direction, creating an eerily similar world around a desperately-trying-to-be-different premise, and that was Seth MacFarlane's American Dad. While that show's patriarch was the polar opposite of Family Guy's Peter Griffin, everything else was like a mirror image (Evil baby? Evil goldfish. Dapper talking dog? Haughty talking alien.) Hopefully, this show will bring something new to the table, although the fact that King of the Hill is still on the air says something about not messing with perfection.

The Goode Family premieres tonight at 9/8C on ABC.

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