What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding? According to Mike Judge’s new animated sitcom, The Goode Family, just about everything.
True to their name, the Goodes are an infuriatingly smug and self-righteous bunch: a nuclear family that’s hell-bent on maintaining the world’s smallest footprint. Gerald and Helen Goode drive a hybrid and live by the tenet WWAGD (“What would Al Gore do?”). They’ve named their adopted African son Ubuntu (in a mix-up, he turned out to be white South African). They feed their pet vegan dog food (he sneaks out at night to eat woodland creatures). The series (premiering 5/27 at 9 on ABC) plays like the funhouse-mirror version of Judge’s blue-collar spoofs King of the Hill and Beavis and Butthead, and it, too, is liberal with its laugh lines.
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