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‘Bordertown’ Pilot – Unoriginal, Unfunny Adult Cartoon

January 8, 2016

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Imagine if you took Family Guy and American Dad!, meshed them together, and took out anything that made those shows likable. You’d have FOX’s new animated series Bordertown.

Okay, to be fair, I’m just judging this based on the first episode. Maybe it’ll improve as the show continues. But honestly, I’m not sure if I plan on coming back again to watch.

So Bordertown focuses on two Southwestern families living on the border between Mexico and California. Our protagonist Bud Buckwald is a middle-aged man and an open racist. This is where a lot of the humor in the show comes from.

And I often really like this kind of racial humor. All in the Family did it well. South Park has been doing it well for years. Family Guy and American Dad! have also done it well in the past. The problem here is that this episode doesn’t really do much new with this kind of comedy. And it’s not really going to be that funny if we’ve heard these jokes before.

So the main plot of this episode is that Bud’s daughter Becky gets engaged to J.C., the son of the Mexican family living next door. And of course, Bud isn’t happy with this and does everything  he can to try and stop it.

But what else doesn’t work about this pilot? Well, as you might have been able to tell by the above photo, the animation here just has a very unappealing look to it. I feel like they animators went out of their way to make everything to look as ugly and bland as possible.

The voice acting isn’t very good either in my opinion. Most of of the characters voices are just really annoying to listen to.

Then there’s the characters themselves. One problem I have is that some of them are kind of underdeveloped, at least at this point in the series. In particular, I’m talking about Bud’s wife. I feel like I know hardly anything about her. Hopefully she’ll get some more development in later episodes.

Is there anything here to enjoy? Well, despite the comedy not being very good overall, this episode did get a decent amount of chuckles out of me. Some of the jokes are a little clever and amusing. And there were a couple of genuinely funny jokes, mainly towards the end of the episode. But overall, I just didn’t like this very much.

I give this pilot a 4 out of 10.

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Happily Divorced Pilot Episode Review

June 22, 2011

Happily Divorced is the new sitcom on TV Land starring and created by Fran Drescher (The Nanny).

Fran Drescher plays Fran, a woman who after 18 years of marriage, discovers that her husband, Peter (John Michael Higgins) is gay. They decide to get a divorce, but must stay living together until he can afford to move out on his own.

After only watching one episode, my first impression of this show is not that good.

The humor in this show just doesn’t work very well. A lot of the jokes just fall flat. I really wasn’t laughing all that much. I think the issue is that the writers were just trying too hard. The jokes all feel so forced. I think the comedy would have been better if they just focused more on telling the story and developing the characters, and just let the humor come out more naturally.

The jokes also seemed really repetitive. It’s like the writers had two funny ideas for jokes and just repeated them over and over. One was just poking fun at the fact that Peter is gay. And the other is the fact that to everyone other than Fran, it seemed so obvious that he was gay and how they are all so baffled that she didn’t have a clue.

And another thing I would like to mention, I think Fran Drescher’s voice may have gotten even more irritating.

I really didn’t enjoy this episode too much. I got a couple of laughs, but I’m not sure if I’ll be tuning in to watch Happily Divorced again tonight.

I give the pilot a 4/10.

By: John D’Amico


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