|Uncle Grandpa riding his "Giant Realistic Flying Tiger."|
The child of Cartoon Network's modern version of the Cartoon Cartoon Show, "Cartoonstitute" (which ironically gave birth to one of my favorite modern Cartoon Network shows, Regular Show), the show premiered tonight, September 2, 2013, at 8:00pm EST. Uncle Grandpa is, as one of the taglines of the show says, everyone on the planet's uncle and grandpa.
Incest jokes aside, the main characters seem to be the titular character, Uncle Grandpa (whose catchphrase "Good Morning" gets really old, really fast), the Giant Realistic Flying Tiger (who doesn't move, just changes into other pictures of actual tigers), Pizza Steve (a slice of pizza with sunglasses....and that's pretty much it), and his neighbor Mr. Gus (a cartoonified version of Godzilla). Oh, and if you consider it important, his "Belly Bag" talks, like a creepy version of Dora the Explorer's Backpack.
The randomness that makes Adventure Time and Regular Show awesome just make this show annoying. There's no real plot, nothing makes any sense, and although that may be cute to some, it makes me look back to a time of Dexter's Lab, Johnny Bravo, and Ed Edd & Eddy with both fondness and curiosity: How did Cartoon Network, a channel that had a laundry list of amazing shows, fall so far? The great programs they used to have, like Young Justice, fell apart and were cancelled due to the network's own failings, yet they try to push new shows like Uncle Grandpa on the viewer, where there's nothing deep, nothing intelligent, and nothing that makes you want to come back for more.
If you want to see for yourself, Uncle Grandpa has new episodes Mondays at 8:00pm EST on Cartoon Network. Check your local listings, but honestly, I'd avoid this one if I were you. Thanks for reading! My name is Sam Lascio, and I am a Fanboy!