March 18th, 2010


Ugly Americans

Conedy Central's new animated program Ugly Americans premiered last night after South Park--which hit it out of the ballpark with a great new episode about Tiger Woods--and I kind of loved it. How could I not love a show about a New York City populated with zombies, monsters, wizards, demons and robots?

Our hero is Mark Lilly, a human social worker at the Department of Integration who tries to find jobs for various beings, human and otherwise, in the city. And that's what I really loved about the show. The monsters aren't monstrous, they're just like us, stuck in dead-end jobs, trying to climb the corporate ladder, find love and in other ways make it in the Big Apple. Seriously, who couldn't love a show that includes a slacker zombie roommate and a wizard co-worker who uses his magic wand to change stacks of paperwork into shots of alcohol, or includes a running gag about how zombies are always breaking down doors for no good reason? When Mark goes on a date with his succubus girlfriend/boss in Hell--yes, the actual Hell--and they wind up at a restaurant that serves "unbaptized-baby-arm soup with a playful raspberry coulis," I knew this was a show for me. It's like Charles Addams meets Gahan Wilson.

Admittedly, I didn't like the animation style at first--as someone who's hardly up on animation, I seem to be very picky about the styles I enjoy; who knew?--but by the end of the thirty-minute episode it had grown on me. Just like Ugly Americans itself did. I think this may be one of my new favorites.

The TV Nerd says: Well worth your time!