Comedy as a loose term.
This is a review of a new season..."comedy", the animated car wreck that is Allen Gregory. Funny was never so painful.
The tears were real.
There have been some great animated comedies over the past decade and some, really, not so great.
The daddy of them all is The Simpsons. A show that peaked in the early noughties, The Simpsons took a dysfunctional family, living in a dysfunctional community, full of dysfunctional characters and showed the world how it is through a magnifying glass.
Mixing manic comic scenarios with searing scripted wit, The Simpsons continually raised the bar for animated comedy.
Others followed; the one joked South Park, the oft cancelled yet brilliant Family Guy, King of the Hill, American Dad and a few others.
With the recent fall season in the States heralding new shows, I thought I would take a look at the one animated 'comedy' - ah yes the quotation marks are back - that debuted this fall.
The show is called Allen Gregory. Take Stevie from Family Guy and age him six years. Place him in the guardianship of a rich, gay megalomaniac, who - this bit is SO FUNNY! - managed to, by sheer perseverance, convince a straight, married hunk to be his life partner, add an adopted Darla-esque - another element rip off from a better animated comedy - and you have the cesspit of a 'comedy' that is Allen Gregory.
The opening episode sees us introduced to Allen Gregory De Longpre (must have been hilarious coming up with that name) a precocious little boy, who, due to financial problems, is forced to attend a regular school.
This 'comedy' is so unfunny, unoriginal and underwhelming, it is hard to think of adjectives appropriate enough to describe the abject awfulness of the show.
The only reason this show should get an extended run is to show would be comedy writers what not to do. The fact that two of the creators of this tripe - Jarrad Paul and Jonah Hill - have been in far superior fare makes it worse.
I could not wait for the show to end. If the general populace is lucky, the studio will pull the plug on this turd of a 'comedy' sooner rather than later.