Series of Tubes: Animation Domination Season Finales Reaction

While I was watching "Lost" last night, my DVR was recording the FOX animated series season finales. "American Dad" aired last week to make room for the one-hour "Family Guy" episode, but otherwise there were three animated series that wrapped up this week. Let's take a look at each of them.

"The Simpsons"
What more can be said about this show that hasn't been said over the past 21 seasons. On a weekly basis it generally makes you laugh, but it doesn't pack the punch it used to. The main story of Sunday's episode was Moe discovering a talent for insults and using it to become a contest judge, eventually working his way all the way up to "American Idol". Meanwhile, with Moe's closed, Homer was spending more time at home, getting on Marge's nerves. Was it entirely original? Not really. But it worked. Still, it was the second Moe-centric episode in the last three weeks. I like Moe, but not that much.
Grade: B- (the "Lost"-related blackboard joke saves it from falling into C territory).

"The Cleveland Show" 
Yes, I still watch this show. No, I'm not the only one, though at times it seems like it. This episode started off really well, with Cleveland Jr. inheriting all of his mother's money, but quickly turned into another useless episode. I barely care about the family that lives at Cleveland's house, much less his mother and father. However, Cleveland Jr. did get in a nice dig at "Family Guy", when he explained that he got part of his money from a reckless homicide settlement from Peter Griffin. "Apparently to pay for it, Mr. Griffin had to get a series of new jobs. I didn't see it, but I heard it was hilarious. Not as hilarious as it would have been two or three years ago, but there were still some solid laughs there." It would've been funnier if it weren't so true.
Grade: D+

"Family Guy"
Speaking of things that were funnier two or three years ago, "Family Guy" wrapped up its season with the hour-long spoof of "The Empire Strikes Back." First of all, anyone who really wanted to see this saw it months ago, when it came out on DVD and Blu-ray. Secondly, it wasn't as funny as the first Star Wars spoof. That's not to say it was bad -- far from it -- it just felt a lot like a "been there, done that" experience. Still, it was a hell of a lot better than most of the crap they've given us this season (and some of the more tedious jokes were actually cut for the TV airing). The title crawl was probably the most I've laughed at "Family Guy" this year, and that was after I'd already seen it twice. Fucking CGI elephant.
Grade: B- (I want to go higher, but Chris's boss as Yoda was such a poor decision that it drags the whole hour down)

For more coverage of the 2009-10 TV season finale episodes, click here. will be sharing thoughts on the finales of nearly 20 different scripted series that have been part of our viewing schedule all year.


  1. Give Cleveland show a bit of a break. It's like your slow cousin trying to play baseball with the normal kids. Other than that, spot on.


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