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News & Interviews for The Great North: Season 1
It's not the superficial links that make "The Great North" a worthy successor to "Bob's Burgers"; it's their shared sense of compassion.
[A] smart, tender, funny family comedy that very much shares a sense of humor with the Belchers of Bob's Burgers and the Tillermans of Central Park.
The genuine care that the Tobins demonstrate for each other never tips toward the cloying because The Great North's writers are so good at inserting very specific jokes into the mix.
While the series draws extensive inspiration from Bob's Burgers, it boasts its own distinct charm.
It's a straightforward family-sitcom dynamic, loaded up with endearing eccentricity.
With memorable characters, running credit gags and catchy episode-closing songs, I don't think Bob's Burgers as reimagined by somebody who just watched Northern Exposure would be such a bad thing anyway.
Even with only a handful of episodes under its belt (that I've been provided to screen), The Great North is already proving to be a zany and loveable addition to the animated sitcom genre.
The Great North is comfort viewing of the highest caliber, a glass of the same hot beverage before seeing the same friends at the same place, feeling lovingly ensconced by it all. Why on earth would we need to reinvent this particular wheel?
The show's humour relies on a certain hyper-specificity both in its characters and its setting, and it's a testament to the fine writing and vocal performances that all this is bedded in by the end of the first episode, more or less...
Audience Reviews for The Great North: Season 1
1d agoNick offerman and Wil Forte are awesome in this very amusing and engaging offering.
Mar 30, 2021Look, I'm a big "cartoon guy". I love and have watched every season (yes, every) of Simpsons, continue to watch all Bob's Burgers and such and I just couldn't get past Episode 7. I don't care about any political stuff, but this. is. just. so. boring. It needs to go. I'd rather watch just about anything else that this. I'm sorry, but needs to go.
Mar 30, 2021Terrible bland waste of time. Character reactions are impausible and characters are forgettable and dull.
Mar 29, 2021Really disappointed. Love Bob's Burgers but this stinks right from the theme song. My wife and I could only stomach one and half episodes. It is not funny at all and what is with Alanis Morissette's appearance as the Northern Lights? Weird and annoying. Will not be watching again.
Mar 08, 2021It's been smashed by reviewers and critics for being "liberal", I don't get why, it's just a bunch of nice people coming together to make a nice show. The only arguably liberal comment in it is a character makes his sexuality known and everyone is cool with it. Which... is a good thing right? The show has a nice cosy feel to it, that feeling that we're all in this same horrible situation so instead of facing the world you can just kick back and relax with a show that makes no reference to the current on going pandemic and delivers 21 minutes of just nice, light humour and easy to follow stories that let you put the show on and zone in and out at your leisure, just enjoying the evening
Mar 07, 2021Honestly so far "The Great North" is off to a great start and will be destined to be Fox's next big animated series next to Bob's Burgers, whenever Simpsons and Family Guy end, both the Tobins and the Bletchers will be both great series to cap off your Sunday nights
Mar 07, 2021Liberal critics - another 100% Audience reviews - Its flat out garbage. Liberals are losing their touch with reality , the people in said reality, and their own ability to distinguish fiction from reality. Its a the great north charlie brown. Good grief . Hey, family guy was popular so as liberals, lets copy their formula over and over, hoping to indoctrinate them. Because entertainment is NOT THE PRIORITY in the entertainment industry. It is now prime directive number 1 to force proven failed ideology down the throats of everyone watching anything.
Mar 03, 2021The Great North, while having some potential, has many flaws that make it, I believe, a show that isn't worth watching when paired up with others in its genre. First off, I'll start off with the good. Nick Offerman and Jenny Slate steal the show as Beef and Judy Tobin, two of the show's most prominent characters so far. Of course, with the other member of the voice cast being no slouches either. Will Forte, Dulce Sloan, Aparna Nancherla, and Paul Rust all give their own wonderful performances as well. The animation, of course, is top-notch. Exactly what I would expect from the studio behind Bob's Burgers. Before the negative keep in mind, I have only seen the first five episodes of the show. Now, onto the negative. First, the characters. If I'm being honest, Moon is incredibly similar to Louise from Bob's Burgers, almost a carbon copy in fact. With some dark themes and an animal costume, it's hard not to draw comparisons. Though Moon lacks the edge and charm that Louise had. Judy is an awkward, boy-crazy, eccentric teenage girl who has a strong imagination... just like Tina from Bob's Burgers. Beef is Nick Offerman's stereotype, and with that you can't go wrong, but it might draw comparisons to Parks and Recreation. Ham honestly seems like a grown-up and homosexual version of Gene from Bob's Burgers. Though it is nice to have a homosexual member of the main cast. Such a large amount of characters that just seem like carbon copies of others could cause a large issue. If this show is going to survive, these characters need changes and development. On top of that, the plots feel forced and the main theme song is cringe-inducing. The worst problem, however, is it just isn't as funny as it could be. I did not laugh once while watching this show, and though that might be because comedy is subjective, I still think it's an issue. This show has overall potential, but it needs to be very careful about how it proceeds, and it needs to separate itself from Bob's Burgers in order to survive. (This review was made as of 3/2/2021, and the reviewer has only seen the episodes currently available, which is the first 5 of season 1)
Feb 27, 2021Cash grab- Too bad, there's all the elements for a great show but it falls flat. While watching I can't shake the feeling that there was little to no effort put into any of it. The characters are one dimensional and plots seem *really* forced.. Jokes are bad, but worst of all it's boring. Animation and voice actors are obviously top notch, which is why the majority of people will tune in, but The Great North just doesn't have staying power.. With so many "great" animated shows out there there I'd be surprised if this has a second season. My guess is that many, if not all, of the critic reviews are influenced by $$$$- There's just no justification for such glowing reviews.
Feb 27, 2021Very underwhelming. The writers don't do their job by making us care about the characters or by putting them in funny situations. Not much humor and most of what is attempted are limp referential quips. The wholesomeness is forced and lifeless, unlike in Bobs Burgers. Not much style or substance with this show so far. Although the voice cast has some great talent, even their work feels low effort.