The Goode Family: Season 1 (2009)


Season 1
The Goode Family

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While its premise may seem good on paper, Mike Judge's The Goode Family comes across as a heavy-handed and outdated satire of political correctness that lacks the humor and warmth that made King of the Hill so beloved in the first place.

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Air date: May 27, 2009

Animated comedy about a vegan politically correct family whose good intentions always seem to go awry. In the pilot, daughter Bliss tires of her mother's attempts to talk to her about sex and joins an abstinence group, and adopted son Ubuntu turns 16 and wants to learn to drive.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2009

Ubuntu becomes a star on his high-school football team, and Helen and Gerald struggle with being a "football family." Meanwhile, Bliss tries to improve her college prospects using unorthodox methods.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2009

Charlie bonds with a repulsive dog at Helen's animal rescue and it winds up living with the Goodes because Charlie's home doesn't allow pets. Meanwhile, Che tries to help Gerald deal with a squirrel problem at the college .

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Air date: Jun 12, 2009

Helen's back goes out, jeopardizing the Goodes' chances of being featured on the organic garden tour. A Latino gardening crew and Helen's childhood pen pal from Burma come to the rescue. But to the Goodes' chagrin, they discover they've unknowingly exploited the workers.

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Air date: Jun 19, 2009

Gerald and Helen befriend a lesbian couple to impress the arts council, but it goes for naught when Gerald makes an inadvertent antigay slur.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2009

Helen invites a noted guest to Greenville for the Eco Festival who turns out to be nothing more than a freeloader.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2009

Bliss gets a job cleaning up graffiti but there's no work to do, so Helen starts tagging secretly. Her graffiti becomes a sensation, and an Oxford professor (voice of Elvis Costello) declares it the work of a major new urban artist.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2009

Gerald gets tricked into eating supposedly meatless chili that has chicken in it, so he confronts a local celebrity chef. Meanwhile, Che goes missing.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2009

Gerald and Helen tutor at-risk kids after school, leaving their own kids to their own devices. Ubuntu unknowingly joins an ecoterrorist group, and Bliss starts a fake ID business.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2009

Gerald tries to raise money to bring a Public Broadcast Radio station to Greenville and it looks like he's going to succeed, but an old woman who donated $100,000 may lose her house because of the donation. Andy Richter, Kevin Nealon and Julia Sweeney are part of the guest voice cast.

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Critic Reviews for The Goode Family Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (16)

"Goode" is never savage. There's even some wisdom here. The characters? Green but never mean and all likable.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

The biggest structural problem, though, is that The Goode Family moves very, very slowly. As in: literally slowly. You will notice... the way The Goode Family contains long, unnecessary pauses, as if there genuinely just wasn't enough script.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

None of this is likely to have anywhere near the staying power of King of the Hill, which hung in there for 14 seasons on Fox. But as a summertime diversion, The Goode Family turns out to be perhaps just good enough.

Apr 6, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

On the other hand, for all of its mocking, "The Goode Family'' still treats its main characters kindly.

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I think "The Goode Family" finds the Goodes... to be just as well-meaning as Hank, but they're so intense (if often confused) in their beliefs that it becomes too easy to laugh at all of them - and more difficult to laugh with them.

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Unnecessary, and close to unwatchable.

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Maybe someday there will be a good TV comedy that lampoons political correctness. But "The Goode Family" is not that show. It's just bad.

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The premise is perfect, and so is the execution -- especially the details.

Apr 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[A] heavy-handed satire of political correctness that makes Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head look like a paragon of subtlety.

Apr 6, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

The company finally has produced a decent show. Let's see how long it lasts.

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Instead of incorporating actual humor into the show, [Mike] Judge presents an irritatingly obnoxious, overly liberal family and expects that we'll simply laugh at the absurdity. Instead, it's mostly just irritating.

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However, at the end of the day, a sitcom has to be funny, and more often than not, The Goode Family was not.

Apr 6, 2020 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Goode Family: Season 1

  • Jan 26, 2021
    This show is one that should have survived were else can you see a dig driven to serial killing because of veganism it fellowed up KIng of the hill and deserved to last longer then part of season but it was put in a night when no one watches tv it was funny but you never knew what was going to happen or who they would meet.

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