Now, we all remember Cartoon Network in its prime. I can't tell you how many times I'd come home from school as quickly as possible to catch Ed, Edd n Eddy, or waking up early to watch Dexter's Lab and Johnny Bravo. Lately, it seems as though Cartoon Network has been falling apart, dishing out mediocre tv shows like the Amazing World of Gumball, Johnny Test, and a watered-down MAD. However, in the pile CN has laid out, a few gems shine through to me, one of which is Regular Show.
Unlike most shows nowadays, this is definitely meant for teenage audiences, minimum. Kids may think it's funny, but the humor and even language at times surprises me that this wasn't on the line-up for Adult Swim. The show follows the mishaps of best friends Mordecai (a tall blue-jay) and Rigby (a short raccoon) as they continually slack off at their job maintaining a park. Similar to how early Simpsons episodes used to play out, Regular Show starts out with very ordinary situations, typically involving Mordecai and Rigby's boss Benson giving them a menial job to do and the pair blowing it off to do something else, and snowballs into bizarre situations that involve explosions, monsters, and in many cases, the near destruction of the park. The other park employees provide a strong ensemble for each episode, playing anything from mentor (such as Skips, voiced by Mark-Fucking-Hamill, by the way) to antagonist in the case of Mitch, aka "Muscle Man". By far, my favorite character has to be Pops. It's shown in one episode that Pops is a kid in 1910, which is funny because the owner of the park is Pops's father. Pops always approaches a situation either as a child would, or as someone completely out of touch with modern times would, using old terms such as "good show" and referring to Rock, Paper, Scissors as "Quartz, Parchment, Shears".
The Season 4 episode "TGI Tuesday" will premiere Monday January 7th at 8pm EST on Cartoon Network. Stay tuned for more reviews, and keep checking out the site for more content!
My name is Sam Lascio, and I am a Fanboy.