A show about a vegan family? Whah? Well, I’ve got to see this.
I’ve never been a fan of King of the Hill, but Nancy Walls (Carell now, I guess), Linda Cardellini, and Brian Doyle-Murray? I had to give it a shot. I’m always curious to see how vegans are represented in the media. People do tend to have negative images of us: pasty, skinny idiots who starve their babies? Teenage girls who take it up for a week as the new fad diet? Hippies living in an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, with home-schooled children named Freedom and Shiva?
So it was great to see ABC reaching out to its prime-time audience with a fully fleshed-out family as the focus of this new series, where we get to see a normal, fully functioning group of people who happen to be eco-conscious, liberal vegans. Except that that’s not the case at all here. They’re one-dimensional idiots who can’t play nice with others, yet they weren’t over-the-top enough to serve a satirical purpose. For instance, South Park’s hybrid episode? Hilarious and smart—it can be done!
You know what, watch the show and start the conversation. I guess I just don’t have the patience for television anymore. (At least I save money by not having cable.) I’ve watched the first three episodes and am just not coming around—how ’bout you?