In these days of Simpsons fatigue, Family Guy clones and lackluster Mike Judge comedies, the state of primetime animation is at an all-time low. (South Park has somehow managed to stay smart, timely and relevant.) So an injection of the late-night sensibilities of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim into the primetime world is a welcome change. FX's new spy parody Archer was created by Frisky Dingo and Sealab 2021 co-creator Adam Reed, and it brings an edgy intelligence to the 10:00 hour that thirteen "different" Seth MacFarlane shows just won't give you.
Normally, the Going Through Channels blog is your source for explicit instructions on what we think you should be watching on TV. But there's one show I feel strongly enough about to boss you around over here too: Adult Swim's Frisky Dingo.
WAIT. Hear me out! I know that Adult Swim is kind of hit and miss. You love Harvey Birdman, and then they come out with some crap like Squidbillies. But Frisky Dingo is really good: it's the epic struggle of a superhero (Awesome-X) and a supervillain (Killface), who are also sometimes best friends...when they're not trying to blow up the planet, maintain Train Island, or run for President. And yes, I realize that if you've never seen the show before and just tune in on Sunday night at midnight without any kind of context, it's going to seem insane. But that's how Glark and I first saw it: we were on vacation and saw, like, the eleventh episode of the first season's thirteen, and although it made no sense, it was so funny that we immediately had to watch the whole season. (It's available on iTunes for $10 or something -- COMPLETELY WORTH IT, I PROMISE.)
Seriously? It's hilarious. I don't even want to tell you too much about plot lines because I don't want to wreck it for you. Just trust me.