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The Pole

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The Pole
Before Santa Inc., there was this.
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 17 - April 21, 2021
Network(s): SYFY
Created by: Matthew Bass
Theodore Beissman
Starring: Bobby Moynihan
Sasheer Zamata
Timothy Simons
Nicole Byer
Jillian Bell
Colin Jost
SungWon Cho
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 6


The Pole" is about the inner workings of Santa's workshop the other 364 days of the year and what it takes to deliver presents to 2.2 billion children. It is a satire of America's current political and social climate and examines what it means to be a leader in uncertain times. After a scandal involving "Saint" Nick rocks the foundations of the North Pole, all hell breaks loose, and as Nick struggles with naughty vs. nice, Mrs. Claus works to keep the political machine that is toy production afloat.

Why It’s Not Ready for the Season

  1. Vulgar and disgusting humor like raping a reindeer and the show barely if ever tries to be funny. There’s a joke in one episode where a word is written called Penisgate is absolutely vile and gross
    • The humor is also unfunny or really pointless for 2020s standards and the gross out doesn’t make it better. Also this show is a sex scandal.
    • The show constantly make penis jokes or sex jokes, even a unfunny joke or gag.
  2. Nearly all of the characters are either bland, unlikable or have little to no personality.
    • Nick is a unlikable jerk who doesn’t want good kids to have presents and have fun on Christmas Day. He wants the bad kids to have gifts and rewards rather than coal.
    • Jack is very foul mouthed, disrespectful, hot-tempered and cusses at others for little to no reason and yells at them just to be a sick jerk.
    • The rest are bland at best or unlikable at worst.
  3. The show can mean-spirited because Nick wants naughty kids to have Christmas and he doesn’t care about the good kids only the bad kids and himself, making him more selfish and unlikable.
  4. The show's characters are bland or mean-spirited, some of them are disrespectful or cuss at the other for doing nothing wrong for example. In one episode, this elf cuss at this lady looking at him and just standing.
  5. The episodes are terrible because they have horrible jokes, mean-spirited or bland characters and vile writing for a adult series.
  6. The art style, while not bad looks like it’s ripping off Hero Elementary or Paradise PD which the former is way better than this.
  7. All the 6 episodes are vile, boring or despicable because the elves does a boring thing, Jake yells at his mom or dad or then something generic happens. The formula gets stale pretty fast that you don’t wanna watch the show anymore and quit watching easily.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The show has some likable characters like Matilda and others
  2. The line “I made cookies, bitch” was hilarious.
    • The show has some funny moments, this takes the cake.
  3. The voice acting is decent especially from Bobby Moynihan as Nick and Nicole Byer as Matilda.
  4. The show has great and beautiful background and an amazing art style, along with that the show has pretty great characters designs.


The Pole has received mixed to negative reviews from fans and critics alike. It has a 5.2/10 rating on IMDB.


This was on SYFY’s short lived animation block called TZGZ.




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