From the first moment that I was watching this show, the first thing I thought of was a show I used to adore: Family Guy. Quick and clever jokes, cutting and not taking itself too serious. When Family Guy was brought back, lame shock took over, scatterbrain cutaways dominated, self indulgence and more ruined the show severely.
Now, Daniel Tosh the Comedy Central King of irreverence has stepped up to the plate with Roger Black (Yucko the Clown on the Howard Stern show) and Waco O'Guin have made a show very much in the Family Guy vein. The artwork is shockingly mediocre, the animation simplistic and the format familiar territory of profane humor and sex jokes except for one thing: Brickleberry is FUNNY.
The format is a second rate National Park struggling to hang on and having wacky adventures with it's colorful cast of characters. Really, it's just got a Park theme to a normal sitcom animated or otherwise.
Much like a lot of other animated fare, the jokes and writing save the show. Jokes come fast, are clever and the show knows when to pull back and so far, no self indulgence.
The cast of characters has the rangers led by Woody the silly senior ranger, Steve the dorky Ranger of the Month, Denzel the black ranger who knows nothing of his job, Ethel the tree hugging liberal twig ranger, Connie the super sized lesbian ranger and finally Malloy the bearcub who is often up to no good. If you read that and didn't wonder if Seth MacFarlane wrote any of this, I wouldn't blame you. Like I said the show is really simplistic, but at least it's funny. Really a talking bearcub who causes mischief doesn't make anyone think of MacFarlane's Stewie, Brian or Roger?
What are some episode premises? Theres trying to find a cute new animal to encourage more tourism, or Woody outsourcing call center workers from India to be new rangers and even an episode where Steve and Denzel end up with each others skin color.
Brickleberry as I said breaks NO new ground with really anything but it's jokes and it's ability to make me laugh which is a lot. It's been a while since I could really enjoy a show like this. It's not preachy, it's not indulgent, it's not annoying, it's jokes relate to whats going on and it's fun. More fun then a trip to a crummy national park.
Comedy Central's animated farce about dysfunctional park rangers and they're raunchy goings on at a low rent national park. High energy, fast jokes and a lot of fun. Fans of the original Family Guy run will find a lot to like here.
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more