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"Animals" review by Suzanne 3/11/16
Airs Fridays 11:30pm on HBO

Somebody had an interesting idea with this show, but it's executed poorly. The idea to have cartoon city animals acting and talking like humans in New York City, is pretty brilliant, and the style of their drawings work well with it. However, it's just not very funny, and they don't make it too interesting.

The first episode has some rats standing around talking about this party they're going to, while they watch a fat guy have sex with some hooker, who dies. It's supposed to be shocking, I guess, but it's just not at all. It's just stupid. Maybe before shows like "Family Guy" or "South Park," I would have found this shocking and possibly funny, but not now.  It doesn't even come close to as funny as either of those shows on their worst days.

I'm sure that people who think they're very droll and witty will like it, and possibly also stoned college kids. The rest of you shouldn't bother.


Created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, Animals. focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earthís least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether itís lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

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