FOX’s Far North is pretty good | Television / Streaming

If “Bob’s Burgers” is the city’s family comedy, “The Great North” is its country counterpart. The fantastic Nick Offerman plays Beef Tobin, a fisherman and divorced father of four living in Alaska. The Ox values ​​family above all else, as defined in the series premiere, which has already aired in a “preview preview” and is now available on Hulu (just like the second episode… technically, the “premiere of the series”. season “February 14e is episode three and then it will be weekly from there). In the first, Beef panics when he finds out that his 16-year-old daughter Judy (Jenny Slate) has found a job at the mall because he’s so protective of keeping the Tobin clan together at all times. If the show has a lead, it’s Judy, who directs most of the storytelling with her combination of wide-eyed optimism and big heart. She’s got a bit of the Sue Heck from “The Middle” thing going on and Slate nails the tone if she panics kissing a boy at school or talking to her imaginary BFF Alanis Morissette (voiced by the singer herself) .

Slate and Offerman are accompanied by a vocal talented rock star group that includes Will Forte as Wolf Tobin, Paul Rust as Ham Tobin and Aparna Nancherla as Moon Tobin, whose constant wearing of a bear outfit feels like a wink. a direct eye at Louise’s bunny ears. in “Bob’s Burgers”. Wolf is engaged to Honeybee Shaw (Dulcé Sloan), who moved from Fresno to Alaska to be with him while Ham is openly gay and supported by his family. These shows all have a very open world view that showcases relationships and family without feeling cliched in the way they do it and “The Great North” is no exception. It’s the kind of show that has a completely unpredictable sense of humor – this week’s episode features Ham and Beef trying to throw a ‘Shrek’ themed party without seeing it, for example, with incorrect results, let’s just say. the jokes emerge from a warm and united family dynamic.

The writing needs to be refined a bit, but that’s normal for a sitcom, even an animated one. (The first season of “Bob’s Burgers” isn’t good.) Sometimes it takes a while to understand the strengths of a voice cast and for them to build their characters. In the four available episodes of “The Great North,” some of the Tobins still feel a bit undefined and I’m waiting for the vocal cast and writers to gel a little better, but I’m pretty sure it will happen beforehand. the end of the first year. And the one thing that’s so nice to see, even in these early days of training, is that none of the “The Far North” jokes seem cheap or predictable. The humor here is unexpected and often clever in a way that sets it apart from other modern animated shows. Well, at least everything except “Bob’s Burgers” and “Central Park”.

Four episodes reviewed for review.

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