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    “The Goode Family” Is a Hit…

    By Kyle | May 27, 2009

    On WSJ.com, anyway, where a profile of Mike Judge and a look at how he came up with the show is the no. 2 most widely-read story on the entire site. The story is grabbing readers despite its being five days old — and despite the fact that the Journal’s brand is not closely associated with entertainment features. ABC may well succeed in burying the show, but there is interest cooking up from below. Go on, tell your friends to watch it.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Comedy, Politics, TV | 8 Comments »

    8 Responses to ““The Goode Family” Is a Hit…”

    1. shangui Says:
      May 27th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

      Sorry all, but when this show gets canceled in a few weeks (tops), it’s not going to be because of some MSM conspiracy. It had a few genuinely funny moments (the sign in the Whole Foods and the dog), but the whole premise is drastically limited. Also, most of these jokes have shown up in Simpsons, South Park, or Family Guy many times.

      But naming the blood-thirsty dog who the family thinks is a beacon of peaceful nature “Che” is absolutely perfect.

    2. JohnM Says:
      May 27th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

      Got bored after 5 minutes. I’m not into cartoons during prime time anyway. ps – underrated show, “Red Eye”, on Fox News usually at 3 am.

    3. kyle Says:
      May 27th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

      Shangui, you’ll see next week’s episode is very different. It’s more like “King of the Hill.” It isn’t political jokes all the way through but uses what we know about the characters as a jumping-off point for a story (about how the adopted African kid becomes a football player, which touches off in his mom a sort of atavistic love of football she can’t control). Give it a shot.

    4. Brandon Says:
      May 28th, 2009 at 10:39 am

      I’m giving it about 5 or 6 episodes to establish the characters but I think this show has a unique challenge. The unique challenge with the Goode Family is they simply are not likable people, they’re a-holes. On King of the Hill the guys, while at times complete morons, were always likable and good people. The fact is uber liberal types are simply not likable or good people and as such your only interest in them is seeing them fail.

      Don’t get me wrong there were some great gags on there and people on the right probably enjoyed all the zingers, however the ugly reflection in the mirror is probably going to chase off anyone with liberal views and of course cause a lot of scathing reviews by liberals in the press.

    5. shangui Says:
      May 28th, 2009 at 11:29 am

      Kyle– That sounds more promising. I definitely planned to give it a few more tries anyway. I’d like to see it succeed.

      Brandon– “The fact is uber liberal types are simply not likable or good people” makes you sound like Hunter, just on the other side. While I’ll disagree on essentially every major issue with people on the far left, to say that they are not good people is just silly and incorrect. There are plenty of caring, thoughtful, intelligent people on the far left to really do want to make the world a better place. I may not think they are going about it in a way that will be successful, but that doesn’t always mean they are evil.

      Now purity balls, on the other hand, are about as creepy as you can get.

    6. JKB Says:
      May 28th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

      WWAGD – That’s not going away.

      Reasonably funny but probably right that it’ll take a couple of episodes to get going as we get under the facade of the family members.

    7. Brandon Says:
      May 28th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

      Shangui,

      I should elaborate I guess. My brother is uber liberal and is very likable, when he isn’t on his high horse, but on TV shows you aren’t making a real person, you are making a caricature of a real person. Hank was caricature of what you would consider a right winger; family, god, and country but he lived in a very sheltered world and was resitant to changing it. He was a man of values but his values at their core were respectable. The Goode Family (the Mom in particular) is a caricature of a left winger so she is devoid of values, essentially an enviromental zealot, dislikes everyone who disagrees with her, and is more concerned with what everyone else thinks of her and making sure she stays on top of all of the trends which basically makes her one of the dreaded “fake people”. None of these are likable qualities. Plus she seems to be a bit of a lush.

      Obviously not all liberals are this fanatical in their zealotry, most aren’t, but ones that are that out there are completely unlikable (aka. Hippies). If you don’t believe me go to Boulder CO for a week or two. I know I didn’t really soften my response much but did want to clarify a bit.

    8. shangui Says:
      May 28th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      Brandon– Point taken. The mom is clearly a problematic character in that she’s just taken too far. The father and daughter have much more promise. The father, in particular, is clearly going to be annoying but more concerned with doing the right thing than simply looking like he is (of the first episode is an indication).

      I still say the dog is the best thing going.

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