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Family Guy Struggles Under The Weight Of Wokeness

When you watch Family Guy, you have to take the bumps where they come. Unless you’re a straight white guy, you’re always on the show’s list of easy targets, and even then there’s a chance you’ll end up in the crosshairs. When Family Guy emerged, it was merciless, and swaggered across our screens with an untouchable attitude. Recently though, Family […]

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2% Of The Way To The Year 3000, How Does Futurama Hold Up?

When people talk about humour being dated, they’re usually talking about social sensibilities. Dated humour normally refers to jokes which revolve around racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or some other discrimination; if you think humour is dated, it probably means you now feel guilty about jokes which punch down on minorities. They’re no more or less funny than they used to […]

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Harley Quinn’s Show Highlights The Importance Of Taking Risks

Harley Quinn’s new animated show arrived with all the chaotic energy of Harleen Quinzel herself, full of stunts, hyper stylised violence and more curse words per square inch than a sailor who just caught himself in his zipper. It’s managed to capture Harley’s frenetic personality and channel that into its momentum, with Season 2 premiering just seven weeks after Season […]

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The History Of The AI Sex Mommy

Overwatch’s latest hero, Echo, is an AI sex mommy. She’s far from the only one, and she even challenges some of the typical tropes of what makes a sex mommy, but she is a sex mommy nonetheless. Sex mommies are feminine robots, designed primarily to be subservient to man’s desires, but with the added angle that people want to have […]

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Golden Era Plus – Brick Like Me

Brick Like Me is arguably the most ambitious episode The Simpsons has ever done, but it’s not here by virtue of its high concept alone. While The Simpsons has had success with concept episodes in the likes of The Simpsons Guy and Eternal Moonshine Of The Simpson Mind, it’s also flopped hard with The Great Phatsby and Dogtown. Brick Like […]

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Best Girls – Louise Belcher, Bob’s Burgers

Bob’s Burgers is one of the best cartoons out there, but Louise Belcher deserves a special kind of praise. That she’s my favourite is largely irrelevant here; all of the family are great in their own way and it’s their dynamic which elevates Bob’s Burgers out of being simply and copy and paste of The Simpsons, Family Guy or American […]

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Episode Spotlight – The Sting, Futurama

Despite having very little in common apart from their creator, Futurama always seemed to be living in The Simpsons’ shadow. It’s ironic that now it’s been cancelled, we see Groening’s new show Disenchantment being unfavourably compared to Futurama, with Dreamland in the shadow of New New York. That’s all probably an argument for another time though, as The Sting highlights […]

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Why South Park Is The Ultimate Safe Space

South Park says things other shows won’t. That’s always been its schtick. 300 episodes in, it’s still able to shock, as the most recent season showed through Band In China and Board Girls, which tackled Chinese censorship and trans women in sport. Both important issues of our time, and South Park handled then in a typical South Park way. We’ll […]

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Golden Era Plus – The Squirt & The Whale

For our second Golden Era + feature, it’s another Lisa episode in The Squirt & The Whale. Lisa’s actually the character I feel has gone off the rails the most since the Golden Era ended, so the Lisa episodes I like are few and far between. That said, because of their relative rarity, they’re a lot more special, which probably […]

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Golden Era Plus – Halloween Of Horror

For the first Golden Era Plus feature, I couldn’t look past Halloween Of Horror. Though not my runaway favourite episode post Golden Era, it is one of the best put together. It changes up the stale Halloween formula to tell one of the show’s most human stories in years. Watch If You Like: Lisa The Greek, HOMR, Moaning Lisa, Bart […]