Just because they’re animated, doesn’t mean they’re for the kiddies.
I thought I’d take a break from the stand-up this week; mostly and mainly because I haven’t posted anything here since last week and I don’t want these back-to-back posts seeming redundant… or anything…but I’d still like you to meet your LMAO quota for the week.
So, instead, I’m going to look at the world of adult cartoons and the pure bliss they can so often bring me. This is a Top 5, of course, but as per my usual, this is in no particular order, except for that in which they were remembered.
Standing tall as FX’s spy extraordinaire, Sterling Malory Archer is probably one of the most flip, reckless, and charmingly captivating spies on the planet. If only because he always manages to get his guy, and then his girl! H. Jon Benjamin really gives more than a voice to this character; I don’t think he would be as popular without Benjamin’s timing, inflection, and overall tone. But that is saying nothing about the cast: Aisha Taylor, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Jessica Walter, and many more round out this cast nicely and blend so very well together. The main drive of the show is ISIS (which will experience a name change [spoiler alert] in the new season, due to real-world international conflicts), the spy organization run by Sterling’s mother, Malory (voiced by Walter). I think IMDB best summed up the heart of the show, “At ISIS, an international spy agency, global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other.” Catch up on Netflix (Seasons 1-4) and Amazon (Season 5) before the new season premieres on Jan. 8.
“Best of Archer” (From License to Review)
America’s first family: Peet-ah, Lois, Chris, Meg, Stewie, and Brian are the perfect satirical version of the American family. Seth MacFarlane has a far-reaching sense of humor that holds nothing sacred, and I love every second of it. He incorporates music, pop culture references, and all the little details of an American life that keep The Griffins just within reach, self-deprecating, and relevant enough to reflect on the issues getting the world’s attention. I hope this show isn’t going anywhere for a while.
“The Best of Family Guy” (From Stevenc1652)
I was introduced to this by a couple of very, very good friends of mine who leaped at the opportunity after I told them I knew what Adult Swim was. “Then have you seen this?” they asked, and my whole world changed. Well, not really, but I have to say that I probably would have never heard of Archer if I hadn’t seen Lucy first–because H. Jon Benjamin provides the voice for Lucy’s father: Satan, that’s right! So cool. Anyway, this cartoon follows what it would be like if Satan had a daughter and she wanted to date Jesus–whoops, was that a spoiler? Sorry. The situations and conversations that occur between Lucy and her father are hilarious in terms of religions, dating between them, and parent/child relationships. Definitely worth checking out!
“Episode 1: He’s Not the Messiah, He’s a DJ” (From SuperLuckyDaughterEd)
I’ve only seen a handful of these episodes, but everything I’ve seen I’ve loved. This show follows the antics and adventures of a metal band, Dethklok–touted as the world’s most successful death metal band. Escaping the government’s watchful eye and maintaining their hardcore rock status takes this international quintet into strange and funny situations.
“Metalocalypse: Best Songs” (From Adult Swim)
I have loved this show from the first time that I saw it, and sadly enough I cannot recall the details of that first sighting. It’s been years, that much I know, and I haven’t seen enough of this show–that is something else I know. I should go to Netflix and overdose, but that takes actual time. Though I saw The Simpsons first, I like this better because of the humor and story lines it follows. I’m also a huge fan of Katey Sagal (voicing Leela, the purple-haired cyclops).
I found this really cool video where a guy with an interesting accent explores and explains why he chose his Top 10 Best Futurama episodes of all time. I believe you’ll find yourself laughing and nodding along with the commentary, while remembering your own highlights of the episodes you see and the ones you don’t. I completely agree with the narrator’s #1 choice.
“Top 10 Best Futurama Episodes of All Time” (From phantomstrider8)