If you're a children of the 90s, you are most probably familiar with Beavis and Butt-head, almost cultural icons which shot into mainstream popularity during the mid-1990s via the MTV animated series. If you liked the irrepressible duo, then new ABC animated series The Goode Family might be up your alley. Directed by Beavis and Butt-head creator Mike Judge, The Goode Family seemingly pokes fun at today's eco-obsessed world with Gerald and Helen Goode, a pair of environmentally conscious, hybrid-driving vegans, who always fall short in their attempts to be politically correct.
Gerald of The Goode Family, voiced by Judge himself, is an administrator at a community college who comes from a "long line of over-educated academic liverals," while Helen is a local green activist. The couple also has an adopted son named Ubuntu from Africa, and a biological daughter named Bliss who often disagrees with her parents and even pokes fun in their various world views. Lastly, the family dog, Che, is also a vegan, who craves meat and often tries to eat neighborhood animals and pets.
If the intention of The Goode Family
isn't clear enough, Judge makes it, by specifically saying that it pokes fun at the excesses of the save-the-planet types. "Oh yeah, I know these people. They're everywhere, hanging out at Whole Foods .. .forever feeling guilty about being a human being"
And while a lot of people might be excited for this shift in programming for ABC, some critics don't see The Goode Family
lasting long because it might prove to be too controversial.
"I doubt ABC has the guts to keep this show on the air very long," says New York Post's Kyle Smith I'm guessing they won't promote it, no one will watch it and then they'll say, 'Whoops! No one is in the mood to mock liberals these days. Our bad.' I give it a month." - Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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