Bless the Harts

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Bless the Harts
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At this point, adult cartoons should be blessed with more unoriginality to the Harts.
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 29, 2019 - June 20, 2021
Network(s): Fox
Created by: Emily Spivey
Distributed by: 20th Television (season 1)
Fox Corporation
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (season 2)
Starring: Kristen Wiig
Maya Rudolph
Jillian Bell
Ike Barinholtz
Kumail Nanjiani
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 34


Bless the Harts is an American animated sitcom created by Emily Spivey (from the Up All Night fame) and produced by Titmouse Inc. (of The Midnight Gospel and Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart fame). It aired for two seasons on Fox, running from September 29, 2019 to June 20, 2021. It got cancelled on April 1, 2021, due to low ratings for the second season and the negative reviews from audiences.

Bad Qualities

  1. This cartoon is, once again, one of those generic and unoriginal adult cartoons featuring a family, which has been done many times before.
    • It also feels like a cartoon that was only made to fill in Fox's revived Animation Dominiation block that would only last for 13 episodes before being canceled. Despite this, the show got greenlit for a second season.
    • Despite following the same formula as The Simpsons and Family Guy, it's actually a shamelessly approved King of the Hill ripoff, since the show takes place at the Southern United States (North Carolina in this case) along with a Southern family as mostly all the main characters like the Hills.
      • One of the main characters, Wayne Edwards, looks and acts like a combination of Hank Hill and Jeff Boomhauer.
      • They were even allowed to use the fictional Mega-Lo-Mart store chain with the approval of creator Mike Judge.
  2. Choppy animation, and the character designs aren't any better to look at. What doesn't help is that Digital eMation animates this show.
  3. One of the main characters is Jesus (or heavily implied a hallucination of him, due to only "seeing" him at the main protagonist's job, the Last Supper). Yes, you read that right.
  4. The characters are all annoying, stereotypical, and bland, most likely because the show focuses on a family like all other adult cartoons.
  5. It tries to be trendy with the Internet, such as Jenny's mom printing out memes.
  6. The jokes feel forced. Not only that, but some of it goes on for far too long.
  7. The show thinks there's churches made to worship Satan, as well as thinking there's a building inspector.
    • It also thinks making creative buildings is "illegal" which is not.
  8. Unrealistic scenes that can't happen in real life, such as Violet's art studio blowing up into the sky, despite the fact that it's realistic fiction.

Good Qualities

  1. The Hug n Bug commercial.
  2. Similarly, Violet Hart and Wayne Edwards are the only likable characters so far.
  3. This show has a pretty catchy theme song.
  4. The show, does have some good North Carolina scenery in few spots, which is based on the creator's grown-up hometown as mentioned in the trivia section.
  5. Some pretty funny lines and moments like "Hug N Busted!" and "Mega-Lo-Memories".
  6. It at least is tasteful and doesn't fully revolve around mean-spirited, edgy or offensive "jokes" like modern Family Guy.
  7. This show improved a bit in Season 2 (also there's some good episodes)z
  8. Decent voice acting.

Reception

Despite positive reviews from critics and high ratings as of the first few episodes, audiences reactions have been mixed to negative, with a 5.0 on IMDb[1] as well as a 66% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

Trivia

  • According to the creator, Emily Spivey, this show is her first animation passion project to 'tribute' of her hometown High Point, the Triad region, and the state of North Carolina.
  • The cancellation for the series was announced on April 1, 2021. Some people thought that the cancellation was an April Fools joke with the series being renewed for a third season, but that wasn't the case.
  • This was the last cartoon that Derrick J. Wyatt worked on, before his death on December 16, 2021, at age 49.

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