The Great North - Fox New Show S1E1 *Spoilers*

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    Steveknj

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    This was so bad I wanted to start a thread!!

    I honestly don't know how stuff like this makes it on the air. It's a comedy but I can tell you I watched the whole thing with a straight face. I like the Alaska theme, which is why I watched, but this show could have been set anywere, the moose not withstanding.
     
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    lambertman

    lambertman Chris Lambert, man

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    Not very good. Seems to be a vehicle for Nick Offerman and Will Forte to play to (toned down) type, but the story is lacking. They set a lot of things up, but I’m not intrigued as to how they will play out.

    In contrast, I started watching Bob’s Burgers (same creator) cold with the 11th season premiere this fall, and I immediately loved it. So my heart’s not *all* cold and black. :D
     
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    series5orpremier

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    I thought it has promise, or maybe anything looks promising following Call Me Kat. It was a rough start and the writing and delivery has to improve to approach Bob's Burgers-caliber, but most of the voice cast looks impressive on paper.

    I missed the opening scene and spent most of the episode trying to figure out the characters' relationships to one another (which is obvious in BB and an advantage they have). At one point I thought there were 3 generations but was finally bailed out by Wikipedia. I might have made the youngest of three sons a precocious Louise-like girl instead but even though Aparna could probably pass for boy or girl she just doesn't have the quick comical delivery Kristen Schaal does. Jenny Slate, as the only daughter, I think is a natural for cartoons and could have played any daughter at any age.
     
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    trainman

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    Just because you have one show with a child who always wears the head part of a rabbit suit, it doesn't mean you have to up the ante for your second show and have a child who always wears an entire bear suit (even if you think it's cute).
     
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    sharkster

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    I have the show on deck but haven't watched yet. I like Offerman and I'm a HUGE fan of Megan Mullally (plus, they seem like such a great couple), so these are the reasons I decided to add the show. Bummer if it sucks but I'll wait til I watch the pilot.
     
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    mlsnyc

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    I liked it enough and will stick with it for now. Bob’s Burgers is one of my favorite shows so that’s probably why i’m okay with the first episode and going to give it a long leash.
     
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    realityboy

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    This was not good. I’ll give it a few more chances, but I hope it improves.
     
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    Donbadabon

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    I didn't realize the same guy from Bob's Burgers (which I love) did this, and kept thinking it was a cheap rip-off of Bob. I thought it was terrible.
     
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    Tony_T

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    Watched about 10 min on Hulu, then watched a few old Bob’s Burgers (on Hulu). Might finish the remainder later.
     
  10. Steveknj

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    I don't watch Bob's Burgers, so I had nothing to compare it to. As I said, the Alaska theme is why i watched, but they go to a mall? Yeah, I guess they have malls in Alaska, but that kind of makes it seem like it could be set anywhere. But the delivery was boring, and it just wasn't funny. I really like Will Forte (could care less about the other actors), but to be honest I really had no idea who any of the actors were until the credits at the end.
     
  11. trainman

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    Sherman...
    Technically, it was created by a couple of writers from "Bob's Burgers" (the Molyneux sisters) along with another writer (Minty Lewis), and it has the same animation studio and other technical crew. Loren Bouchard, the creator of "Bob's Burgers," is listed as an executive producer, but probably doesn't have much to do with the actual writing and whatnot.
     
  12. That Don Guy

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    ...any more than, just because they had one show that had a talking dog, the same co-developer needed a show with a talking fish?
     
  13. martinp13

    martinp13 Roller coaster addict :)

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    Someone non-human has to be the voice of reason. ;)
     
  14. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    Sherman...
    There have now been two episodes of this show that have aired as "special previews." Fox needs to be careful or they'll run out of episodes before it actually premieres.
     
  15. That Don Guy

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    I don't know why, but I have a gut feeling somebody at Fox didn't like the numbers that its first episode got, so airing an episode right after an NFL playoff game will get more people interested in it - and if the show does crash and burn, they can now air all 13 produced episodes before Memorial Day weekend. (There are 11 episodes left, and 15 Sundays from 2/14 through 5/23, but repeats are expected on Grammy night, Palm Sunday (for some reason), Easter, and Oscar night.)
     
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    I liked it better than the first, maybe due to being more familiar with it going in or maybe just a better episode. I liked the twin brother/sister secret handshake but it also felt like a ripoff of the Will Ferrell/Cheri Oteri Spartan Cheerleader skit from SNL.
     
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    I hear the plan is to air squall me by your game but holdover My Fart Will Go On. They might air all 13 but it's definitely a "we'll see".
     
  18. jamesbobo

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    Despite all the hate here, Entertainment Weekly really likes this show and gave it an A rating.
     
  19. Steveknj

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    I wonder how much Fox pays Entertainment Weekly in advertising? Yeah, I'm cynical. I remember years ago, the top cars in the Auto magazines were always rumored to be chosen based on ad dollars. And again, as I keep saying, a critic is one opinion.
     
  20. orangemo

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    I really like the Great North. I agree with a lot of the critics.

    But we’ll see if it is better than Duncanville or Bless the Harts. I can see it being certainly better than Duncanville by the end of s1 imo.
     

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