11 min. per episode
In an attempt to write a review for the Netflix original series House of Cards…I got distracted. That review is still coming I swear, but for now, I need to get my material out there. So here’s a review of a Cartoon Network show.
Regular Show is about an anthropomorphic blue jay named Mordecai and his best friend, a raccoon named Rigby. The two work and live at a town park as part of the maintenance crew. They constantly try to find ways to slack off from the jobs their boss Benson (a walking, talking gumball machine, no joke) gives them and somehow shit hits the fan every time. As in magical killer cyborgs show up when Death rides a Harley to fight Santa Claus while Mordecai and Rigby close a portal to another dimension, that kind of shit hitting the fan action. And that’s all in eleven minutes of television time.
Yeah, you’re starting to realize how ironic the name of the show is now, aren’t you?
Regular Show is funny as all hell. The comedic timing is spot-on and the jokes almost never miss. For a show that’s meant for the 13-16 year old crowd, the humor is surprisingly quick-witted while at the same time not being so pretentious that the jokes will ever go over your head. The stories move at a great pace and each episode usually has a hilarious ending stewing with irony. Sweet, delicious irony.
The show also has plenty of action sequences. There are kung-fu fights, car chases, and even giant monsters that threaten to destroy the city. Also, if those stakes aren’t high enough for you, they’ll always find a way to up the ante, like by having a giant manifestation of a diary secrets come to life to kill Mordecai because he looked at the pages after he broke the lock on the diary.
The show also has a lot of serious aspects to it. Despite the fact that the characters are either animals, gumball machines, or look like the deformed offspring of the Hulk, you’re somehow able to relate to each of them. Mordecai is basically the everyman in his early twenties that many of us can sympathize with. He has insecurities, doesn’t really know what he wants to do with his life since he dropped out of college, and always has girl problems. If you can’t relate to him, then I guess you were having much more fun at 23 than I was.
Even Benson is easy to understand. Sure, I guess you can say he’s the jerk of the show, but let’s be real here. He manages the park, has a lot of responsibilities, and is constantly having to deal with our two main characters slacking off, not doing their jobs, and above all else causing massive destruction to the park. You can see why he gets so mad and threatens to fire Mordecai and Rigby on a daily basis. The only question gone unanswered is, “why hasn’t he?”
Honestly, this is one of the best shows Cartoon Network has produced since the likes of Dexter’s Lab, The Powerpuff Girls and Johnny Bravo were on. What makes the show great beyond its humor is the fact that it’s able to communicate with almost any audience. Kids will love it for its insanity, while the older crowd will love it for the way it takes relationships seriously…and the insanity. A must watch for any true cartoon fan.
Now if you all will excuse me, I’m off to finish watching Francis Underwood rise to political power and am going to try my hardest to make fun of it (Seriously, the show is tough to make fun of).
And now, a Regular Show Drinking Game
So you’re clear, the show only has a run-time of about 11 minutes per episode. So, if you want to take your time and pre-game a little, only take a sip. However, if you want to get smashed, take a shot.
Take a Drink/Shot: Every time Mordecai and Rigby say, “OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!”
Take a Drink/Shot: Every time Mordecai and Rigby go, “Hmm. Hmm”
Take a Drink/Shot: Every time Benson threatens to fire someone (double if he yells).
Take a Drink/Shot: Every time Muscle Man says, “My mom.”
Take a Drink/Shot: At the start of a montage.