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Brickleberry is an American adult animated television sitcom that aired on Comedy Central from September 25, 2012 to April 14, 2015.
The series follows a group of park rangers as they work through their daily lives in the fictional Brickleberry National Park near Hazlehurst in the Driftless Region of Illinois.
- It rip-offs Family Guy right down to the artstyle and the cutaway gags. The series was even made and owned by 20th Century Fox and was initially planned to air on Fox next to Family Guy but was rejected for being "too offensive". And keep in mind, FOX is the same network who thought Allen Gregory was a good idea. In fact, the series actually aired on FX in Latin America, Brazil and Portugal and FOX itself in Italy. Like Family Guy, it also mocks stereotypical Christian fundamentalists all the time.
- The character designs are ugly and the animation is even more stilted and unexpressive than Family Guy, making it resemble even more of a cheap knock-off of "Family Guy". It doesn't help that it's animated by Bento Box Entertainment, the same studio behind Legends of Chamberlain Heights and the aforementioned Allen Gregory.
- Lots of unlikable characters, like Woody and Malloy.
- Steve is also unlikable, as he is a self-centered narcissist who does many stupid things, such as in the episode "Squabbits", where he forced a squirrel and a rabbit have sex with each other to create what Woody could later call "the cutest animal", though his snarky attitude does tone down a bit in season 3.
- There is nudity in almost every episode, all of which is barely censored (even on DVD). Only testicles, anuses, and animal genitalia are uncensored.
- Some episodes have stupid and messed up plots. For example, In "The Comeback", Malloy helps Woody pursue his former career on being a porn star to prove he’s still the best!
- Malloy is an atheist despite god, heaven, and hell existing in the Brickleberry universe, which is completely contradictory and likely was a failed attempt at irony.
- The characters are very clichéd and derived from every Seth MacFarlane show ever made:
- Steve is your typical idiotic and incompetent protagonist.
- Woody is your typical bossy protagonist that is sometimes the villain.
- Ethel is the sexy one.
- Connie is the strong but ugly lesbian.
- Denzel is your typical "grandma dater" who is unlikable.
- Malloy is the typical "jerk to everyone" and is very unlikable and crude.
- Most endings of each episode are cop-outs (especially "Global Warning").
- So many awful episodes, such as "Scared Straight", "Race Off!" and "Gay Bomb" just to name a few.
- Numerous unnecessary death scenes and gore, as an attempt to be shocking and edgy, despite nowhere near as violent as other cartoons.
- Immature and stupid humor, akin to that of a middle schooler or a really bad Adam Sandler movie.
- There are lots of weak parodies and pot-shots at celebrities and politicians that make the worst of modern Family Guy look good. Thankfully, they're not frequent.
- The show tries to make fun of everybody on the planet, such as crippled, disabled, gay, fat, and lesbian people.
- The show uses racist stereotypes as jokes an attempt to be edgy and "satirical", with every race known to man being mocked, such as White Southerners, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians.
- The episode "Two Weeks Notice" brought back the unfunny "God is black" joke.
- Some of the jokes take it way too far, such as tons of graphic incest and rape jokes.
- There are many disgusting and unfunny (running) gags.
- Connie's vagina makes a grumbling noise.
- Denzel has sex with old people.
- Steve acts like an idiot.
- Ethel tries to be the hot one and acts like the best.
- Woody throws tantrums.
- Firecracker Jim has no point in the show other than being friends with Bobby and being a one-note jokes.
- Denzel is nothing more than unlikable because he has sex with every old person, to the point he even MARRIED one in "That Brother's my Father".
- It overuses bleeping, especially in words that aren’t profane. Even on DVD, Hulu, Netflix, and digital download, the swearing remains censored.
- The episode "Old Wounds" contains a gross closeup showing the remains of Woody's past partner's groin. It repeats four times.
- Malloy is way too similar to Rallo from The Cleveland Show to the point where he's pretty much a furry version of him, not only do they both serve as the Stewie of their respective shows but they have extremely similar designs, the same kind of attitude and even their names sound & look alike.
- Some decent and good episodes here and there like "Little Boy Malloy" and "My Favorite Bear".
- Some funny moments here and there. It's still funnier when compared to other bad adult cartoons like Allen Gregory.
- The voice acting is very decent, largely thanks to hiring talented voice actors like Tom Kenny, the voice of Woody.
- The concept is actually creative, despite ensemble workplace comedies being done to death.
- The intro sometimes changes, which is cool.
- Malloy can be sometimes funny, despite being unlikable.
- The animation is okay in a few aspects.
- Woody is the perfect villain for this show, as his unlikability actually goes well with his character. He's also have some good jokes as he's voiced by Tom Kenny.
- It's depraved parody of Smokey the Bear is one of the few good parodies in the show.
- The soundtrack is pretty good especially the theme song and end credits song, despite the latter being a stock public domain track.
- Some tolerable characters such as Dr. Kuzniak for example.
- Some episodes have fairly decent plots like the one where Ethel and Connie try to reproduce Malloy's species by making him mate with another bear.
- The Comic Book series that picked up were the series finale "Global Warming" left off is better than the actual show itself.
- Season 3 was a bit of an improvement.
- The Polish dub of the show was decent, as there were no censor beeps in that dub.
The show arrived to mixed reviews from critics.
Dylan P. Gadino of Laugh Spin called Brickleberry "fast-paced and hilarious."
Ray Rahman of Entertainment Weekly said the show "tends to rise above your average adult-animation fare."
Brickleberry raises the offensive comedy stakes so high that it leaves a viewer waiting in expectation for the next tasteless joke. Because the show can't sustain such jokes constantly, there's a lot of down time between the outrageous. During these valleys, Brickleberry grows dull. “” Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
However, some found the show more offensive than humorous. Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club commented that "Brickleberry hails from the 'deliberately provocative' school of comedy, where obviously offensive things are tossed out for shock value and if you don't laugh, you're a tight-ass who doesn't get the other levels to the jokes." Ross Bonaime of Paste gave the show a 0.5 out 10, writing that "Brickleberry is poorly constructed, horribly executed and groan-worthy rather than funny in any way. It's a show that's actually painful to watch, because it keeps finding new depths of tasteless jokes without any punchline that are worse than the ones that preceded them."
Many reviewers compared the show unfavorably to Family Guy and South Park. Brian Lowry of Variety lamented the show's eagerness to offend:
Yes, South Park has long since established animation is a fine place to skewer sacred cows, but Brickleberry has nothing more on its mind than seeing how far it can push the boundaries of dick and handicapped jokes. As a consequence, the premise (a second-rate national park) is purely incidental.
IGN's Jesse Schedeen felt the show did not live up to Comedy Central's past animated efforts, deeming it "a slap to the face of that legacy [... In South Park], there's always an underlying sense of humanity to offset the humor. Brickleberry lacks that." The series creators acknowledged the influence, saying: "Family Guy and South Park paved the way for us."