Father Gerald, on the other hand, may look clueless at times but he’s the one who actually lives up to the liberal label, opening his mind to new experiences.
Oh, if only more live-action liberals could walk in this animated fellow’s footsteps.
But a subsequent episode may spell trouble for the young series. The show’s second installment isn’t nearly as funny or as razor sharp as the first 30 minutes.
Judge isn’t listed as a writer on episode two, and his presence might be mandatory to keep Goode at the high level it needs to survive.
Adopted son Ubunto — he’s a white South African, much to his parents’ initial dismay — decides to join his school’s football team.
“You mean tackle football, like in the movies?” Gerald asks.
The episode does draw some ideological blood. Daughter Bliss wants to change her last name when she learns being white gives her almost no chance to win a college scholarship. And poor Ubunto can’t throw a pot to save his soul, a peaceful pastime endorsed by his family. But he learns his immense size makes him a natural for gridiron glory.
“Everyone in there looks like me,” Ubunto says while pointing to a football magazine found by his father, a neat tweak to identity politics.
The Goode Family still need to grow its characters if it hopes to succeed, since tweaking liberal stereotypes will only provide so much material and structure.
One way to do just that is to use Grandpa (Brian Doyle Murray) more in the future. He’s the voice of anti-PC reason in the show, and he could provide just the right culture clash material to give the program a stronger impression.
The series may not get that chance. Networks are all too eager to pull the plug on a new series, and Judge has a track record of creating cutting edge content only to see it given little respect by its backers.
Think Office Space and Idiocracy, the latter getting so little support from its studio that a movie poster wasn’t made for its brief theatrical release. So enjoy the subversive beauty of The Goode Family while you can.