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Hercules Says FX’s New Animated Sitcom UNSUPERVISED Proves Decidedly Unsuper!!

I am – Hercules!!

An animated series about two teens with no parental guidance, “Unsupervised” is a the brainchild of writer-actor David Hornsby, who also wrote and starred in the horrible (and quickly cancelled) Thursday night CBS sitcom “How To Be A Gentleman.”

“Unsupervised” is also a terrible show, and does itself no favors by arriving so soon after the triumphant return of Mike Judge’s much, much better “Beavis and Butt-head” over on MTV. Big talents like Justin Long, Fred Armisen, Maria Bamford and Kristin Bell lend their voices to little avail.

The New York Times says:

... mostly off-putting ... you can’t help thinking that “Unsupervised” would have been less expensive, and maybe funnier, if it had brought Mike Judge over from “Beavis and Butt-Head” and had him do all the voices.

The Washington Post says:

... doesn’t explore emotional story threads. It’s mainly a “Beavis and Butt-head” echo, which seems extra repetitive ...

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... Alas, there's no sophisticated humor in FX's "Unsupervised," which plays like a less witty "Beavis and Butt-head." …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... just a sad waste …

The Boston Herald says:

... Given the resumes of all involved, one would expect the show to have more bite. ...

Variety says:

... Although light on laughs, with its spare design and limited animation "Unsupervised" does create a reasonably cohesive, grimy little world …

10:30 p.m. Thursday. FX.


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  • Jan. 19, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Ah, rickety cricket

    by Holodigm

    That explains the it's always sunny connection they've pimped in the ads

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Beavis and Butthead is and had always been awful.

    by billcom6

    The only people who do and should find it funny are some or my delinquent students.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Didn't watch it: won't watch it; don't like its creator.

    by jamesonian

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    How about decently drawn animation?

    by HSStudios

    I wish they'd do character and show designs that didn't look like a 12-year-old did them.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Archer is the FX animated series to watch

    by Truxton Spangler


  • Jan. 19, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Sorry to see FX drop the ball on this one.

    by 2for2true

    But it's still the top network for original programming. I'm looking at you, big three.

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    @hsstudios Have you seen Archer?

    by thelordofhell

  • Jan. 19, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    fx needs to get archer back on the air

    by palewook

    double up the season order for this year instead of making other animated shows (or attempts at them)

  • It's no wonder he keeps pushing out crap.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Those Aren't Big Talents

    by Aquatarkusman

    At least where voice-over is concerned. Big talent = Tress MacNeill or Billy West or Maurice LaMarche, the people you listed are pretty drab, vocally (except for Maria, who sounds like a cross between a nervous old cat and a human).

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST

    by 1985Tango

    The myth of David Hornsby perpetuates. This show was a complete waste of time. Rickety Cricket is only marginally funny within a show that is quickly running out of ideas. This animated series has absolutely nothing to offer. Even Alan Gregory and the untimely Napoleon Dynamite had an edge, this thing is like flavorless Jell-o desperatley trying to get your attention. Hope the staff is looking forward to working on How to Be an Unemployed Gentleman.

  • Jan. 20, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Wait, that was Justin Long?

    by 1985Tango

    Couldn't they have had a Mac reference so we could recognize his voice?

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Napoleon Dynamite + Beavis & Butthead

    by Bass Ackwards

    Someone must have signed off on it not realizing that both Napolean Dynamite and Beavis would be on tv in animated form as well. Of maybe that's exactly why they did sign off on it.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Beavis & Butthead.....

    by ihatefanboys

    is awesome, and consistently funny. It never tries to be something it's not and just lays out things as they are....that the both of them are retarded. Unsupervised tries to get the audience to realize that not having good parents or role models in your life makes you dumb and useless. I liked the first episode but its subliminal BS at its worst. Right up there with every appearance of Military, Police, or Firefighters on TV always being branded with the word "hero"...its sad.