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Hercules Says
Jonah Hill’s ALLEN GREGORY Should Fit Comfortably Among Its Fox Network Animation Domination Companions!!

Published at: Oct. 30, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST by hercules

 

I am – Hercules!!

“Allen Gregory” comes to us from writer-actor Jonah Hill (who also co-wrote and co-stars in next year’s “21 Jump Street” movie) and “Yes Man” screenwriters Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel.

The new animated series should snuggle up beautifully to a “Family Guy” adjacent timeslot, as it follows the adventures of a tiny and impossibly precocious youngster who will put more than a few people in the mind of Stewie Griffin.

The gayest of Allen’s two dads looks exactly like Dean Pelton, the gayest character on NBC’s “Community.”

Hill’s better-known co-stars include French Stewart (“3rd Rock From The Sun”) and Will Forte (“Clone High,” “MacGruber”).

I grew annoyed and impatient with the pilot until it got around to Allen’s profound lust for and (very adult) attempted seduction of his obese, 68-year-old new principal. This mad, one-sided romance made up for a lot of early-episode joke misfires -- but I fear this series has already fallen into pattern with Fox’s many miss-and-hit Seth MacFarlane cartoons, which offer few enough solid jokes per half-hour to warrant avoiding the investment of valuable time.

AOL says:

... Unless I hear 'Allen Gregory' has taken a great leap forward in originality and intelligence (and so far the writing shows little of either), I'll probably just stick with 'Bob's Burgers,' the genially deranged animated comedy that Fox will bring back in January. ...

HitFix says:

... This show actually made me hate a 7-year-old. Well-done. ... the version on display in the pilot is one I have no interest in ever watching again. …

The New York Times says:

... A fundamental problem with the new Fox cartoon “Allen Gregory” — though not the biggest one — is that it’s never clear what the show is satirizing. The title character is nominally a privileged 7-year-old horrified at the prospect of attending a public elementary school, but he’s drawn as a boutonniere-wearing dandy and talks like a supremely egotistical talent agent. He’s a little bit Stewie from “Family Guy,” a little bit Ari Gold from “Entourage,” a little bit Frasier and Niles Crane, a little bit Mr. Magoo. ...

The Los Angeles Times says:

... These are the sort of jokes that make you wonder not so much whether you are too old for them but whether you have simply lived too long. ...

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... In clips, "Allen Gregory" looks promising but then you see the show and realize quickly it's the same jokes repeated ad nauseum … Some of the comedy is -- the way Allen mistreats authority figures, including his teacher and school principal -- amusing because it's recognizable as bad behavior you'd see from someone with an overblown sense of self-importance and entitlement, but how many times can you laugh at the same basic joke in a half hour, let alone week after week?

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... Allen Gregory is Richie Rich without the nice gene. We take malicious delight in watching him get taken down a peg or two, but at the same time, given how insufferable Richard is, we grudgingly begin to like the kid. Plus, the show's humorous. …

The Washington Post says:

... coy but limp … so thoroughly coated in a single flavor of sourness that it is difficult to view it as anything but pointless and quickly repetitive. …

USA Today says:

... Gross, ugly, vicious and stupid —Allen is all of that, to be sure. But funny? Too rarely to matter. …

The Boston Globe says:

... The show, like many animated sitcoms, strains to be worthy of more than just the 10-minute-short treatment, and is therefore filled in with some unfunny and repetitive material. The idea of satirizing know-it-all, narcissistic kids is solid. I love the way Allen Gregory talks down to every adult he encounters, as if they’re members of a lower species. But the world built around that core of satire is a lot less promising. ...

Variety says:

... Deeply absurd but only fitfully funny, "Allen" will probably be loved by a small group of people, but not especially liked by many. …

8:30 p.m. Sunday. Fox.

 

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  • Oct. 30, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Allen Gregory and family is the 1%

    by FlandersBum

    Let's kick his ass and take his stuff. Bastard. Leave it to Fox to glamorize these jerks.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Show looks so horrible...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Only douche bags or morons would watch this. Knowing Fox though they'll push it on us for a long time.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Was just going to say that bit about dean pelton. :)

    by AshMcQ

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    21 Jump Street? Really?

    by Mugato5150

    I mean really?

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Gee, a precocious, efeminate child who hates everybody and everything...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...how original!

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    I saw Jonah Hill on Leno while flipping around.

    by blackwood

    He kinda looks like someone murdered Jonah Hill, hollowed him out, and is now wearing him. It's a bit creepy.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    blackwood ...

    by D_T

    Yeah, you get used to the chubby version of someone, they looks so bizarre when you see them after huge weight loss. Plus they tend to look so gaunt and almost sick. re: the show Looks pretty terrible, but 1) this kind of one joke shtick doesn't really appeal to me, and B) I really dislike the style/design, kinds of creeps me out. Funny enough, I didn't really care much for Bob's Burgers in the promos, though I did like the design (I'm kind of a fan of minimalist, but very stylized animation art) ... but B's B actually grew on me. It's very hit/miss, but when it hits it can be very funny (still think the misses outweigh hits by too much).

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Give Me Bob's Burgers Instead!

    by Fievel

    I thought it was cancelled. So happy to hear it's coming back!!!

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    ...realize quickly it's the same jokes repeated ad nauseum

    by Xiphos_2

    So the creators/writers worked on Family Guy then?

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Herc, you need to give American Dad another chance

    by GoDFaDDa42

    Your reference to "Seth McFarlane cartoons", as if they are indistinguishable, makes it clear that you haven't seen any episodes of American Dad past the first few. The first two seasons were pretty rough, with a few good episodes thrown in... until the third season or so, when the show changed in tone, and increased the quality of its animation. It has excellent writing, and the tone and style of humor is very different from Family Guy - it's more akin to Simpsons in its heydey.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    The MAIN reason this is on the air is Jonah Hill ...

    by DrMorbius

    The MAIN reason I will not be watching this is Jonah Hill!!!

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Agree on American Dad

    by sofaking

    It surprised me as well how good the writing is lately on AD. If there were a Sunday cartoon power ranking, they would easily be in the lead this season.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    lol at that LA Times quote...

    by Mantis_Toboggan_MD

    I'll still probably watch the first few episodes though. Can't be worse than the Cleveland Show.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Nope! no sir,

    by HoweHatTrick

    pure shit. Thank god for football and a fuckload of booze!

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    What the hell was up with Family Guy tonight?

    by cookepuss

    Maybe except for the "slappy" joke, it wasn't funny. Not in the least. More than that, it was actually pretty unsettling. Quagmire's sister spends most of the time getting beaten up by her boyfriend. Then the rest of the episode deals with the guys setting out to kill him. Not in the joke filled way either. Did Scorsese or Tarantino direct this fuckin' ep? Really, really dark shit. If anybody wanted to point to a true "jump the shark" moment then this would be it. I NEVER say that about any show. I am aghast.

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    FG and AG

    by Darth_Nader

    I too was offset by Family guy tonight. WTF was it all about? Trying to make fun of an abusive relationship? Waaay off base. Allen Gregory: HATED IT. The whole pretentious hipster thing was funny for a few minutes, but it's a one trick pony. The 'dads' relationship wasn't funny, and Daria (whom I shall always refer to the daughter as), was just about the only interesting character, and that was because I am just not bored of her yet.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    This show sucks...

    by JeffManSixtyFo

    and is in no way funny.

  • I actually found myself moved when Quagmire made the speech during his sister's intervention. It didn't really feel like they were making fun of the abusive relationship after a while you were truly rooting for her to leave him and for Quagmire to eventually kill him. Maybe Seth McFarlane has seen this in real life. Seriously kind of moving and not as disturbingly glib as McFarlane has handled his characters murdering others in the past. Weird.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Allen was terrible and Family Guy was just weird.

    by Mugato5150

    The only funny part was Quagmire almost dying of auto-erotic asphyxiation from beating off to clown porn. Then it got all serious with some really awkward jokes shoe horned in. I guess it was some kind of experiment or something. Where to begging with Allen. I just won't bother.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    begin that is

    by Mugato5150

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 6 a.m. CST

    Fuck this show

    by SuperSaiyan2112

    I have never wanted to punch a cartoon 7 year old kid in the face so badly. Hipster Bullshit.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Unspeakably awful

    by captzeep

    The problem isn't really how terrible the show is, it's why anybody in a position to have it produced and put on the air would think it was funny, or that anybody would watch it. A small boy who acts like Perez Hilton might be funny for five seconds but no longer. Mean, obnoxious people are not funny, even if they are gay. It must have been written and produced by mean, obnoxious gay people and enough people at Fox are terrified of offending gay people that it then got put on the air. Deeply offensive and disgusting.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see Bob's Burgers.

    by Steve

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Nice to see Kevin Smith is still proud to be a fat bastard

    by thelordofhell

    Keep eating and smoking until you're morbidly obese and chronic stupid Kevin!!

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Did not like Allan Gregory.....

    by drewlicious

    Didn't laugh once. Really unappealing from start to finish. And as for Mr. Hill's weight loss....good for him. Yes, he looks weird but he was seriously pleasant to look at sometimes. He had that weird neck-beard thing that fat people get. While I'm on the subject there is one actor who actually looks really good with the weight loss.....John Goodman. I was glad to see that because the whole time I was watching Treme I was expecting to read about his death in the papers the ver next day.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    American Dad is the bees knees

    by David Cloverfield

    And the serious family guy episodes are the most interesting watch. They used to have them every once in a while, but they already had two this season (they also had the meg centric one). They're trying to add depth to the paper thin characters and they're going about it in a very wierd way.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    American Dad is awesome.

    by cerberus

    It's nice to see all the American Dad love. Until The Venture Brothers return it is the best cartoon on televison. The Family Guy episode was just a little too serious and South Park has now turned Randy Marsh into Peter Griffin. Sorry South Park fans you know it's true. Randy Marsh has been slowly but surely turning into Peter Griffin and now with the Broadway Bro Down episode the transformation is complete.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    The fact that there is no acknowledgement...

    by TopHat

    ...of the fact that his teacher is incrediably hot, makes this show automatically suspect.

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by TopHat

    ...I think the reason why FAMILY GUY is not as good anymore is because MacFarlane has TWO other shows now that use almost the exact same formula: Pop Culture references. Its like watching what's happened to THE SIMPSONS in the span of just a couple years instead of fifteen. If he didn't have these other two shows to worry about, he could use all the best jokes they come up with for them and put them into FAMILY GUY. You can almost picture the writers for FAMILY GUY sitting around saying "Yeah, that's a great idea! It'll be ...oh, wait. SHIT. We've already used that for AMERICAN DAD..." Agreed with AMERICAN DAD being really good, though. The episode that had Roger make Steve believe he was going to Hogwarts when in reality he was workiing for a drug dealer, was fucking hilarious... LEVITA LOS MONOS!

  • Oct. 31, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    American Dad Rocks!!!Cleveland Rocks!!!

    by DavidBanner

    MacFarlane's shows consistently keep the laughs going. Long live Animation Domination!

  • Nov. 1, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Gave Allen a shot

    by korahn

    First clue it would suck : Jonah Hill is involved. Still I said, "well, let's see." Nope, can't stand it. Can't wait for Bob's Burgers to come back. As for the Family Guy episode, weird how Fox aired this one but deemed the abortion one too controversial to air, (yet it was aired in the UK) lol.

  • Nov. 1, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    This show was awful.

    by 3774

    Just horrible in every way. There's no way I'd go back, unlike shaky starts for other animated shows in the past. Bring back Bob's Burgers.

  • Nov. 2, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Not Funny

    by eck_iii

    Awful, dumb, not funny. I don't mind a bit of perversity, but this was more tawdry then clever.