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Bordertown on FOX

"Bordertown" review by Suzanne 1/3/16
Premieres Sunday, January 3, 9:30/8:30c on FOX

I didn't expect much from this show because I don't find most sitcoms funny, and I think most FOX sitcoms are particularly bad.  However, it's very funny. If you like shows like "Family Guy" or "Southpark," it's very similar to those shows, only it's a bit more extreme.  Don't expect reality or warm likeable characters.  You shouldn't watch it if you get offended easily because like "Family Guy," they make fun of everyone and everything.

The characters live in a border town in the desert near Mexico. One family is Latino, and the other is not only white, but the dad is a border guard, and he's very racist. He's kind of like Archie Bunker, but much worse (and dumber). His daughter gets involved with the college-educated son of the Latino family next door, who just came back into town.

The show is created by one of the "Family Guy" writers. You'll no doubt recognize the cast below. They do a fabulous job. You don't want to miss this one because it's hilarious! I was laughing all the way through.

At first I was distracted by the fact that Hank Azaria (Bud), who does many voices on "The Simpsons," sounded a lot like The Comic Book Guy on that show. Eventually, I got used to it. It's just a very funny and silly show so enjoy it!

Check out our Interview with Hank Azaria and Nicholas Gonzalez


A new animated series, BORDERTOWN takes a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America. Exploring family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink, the series centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. - Mexico border.


Hank Azaria as Bud Buckwald

Alex Borstein as Janice & Becky Buckwald

Missi Pyle as Gert Buckwald

Judah Friedlander as Sanford Buckwald

Nicholas Gonzalez as Ernesto Gonzalez and J.C

20th Century Fox Television

Mark Hentemann

Seth MacFarlane
Mark Hentemann

Alex Carter

Dan Vebber

Lalo Alcaraz

Gustavo Arellano

Valentina L. Garza

From FAMILY GUY’s Mark Hentemann comes BORDERTOWN, a new animated comedy about two families living in a Southwest desert town on the U.S. - Mexico border. The series takes a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America, where the U.S. Census forecasts that by 2017, ethnic minorities will become the majority. Set against this increasingly diverse backdrop, the comedy explores family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink.

BORDERTOWN centers on two clans: the Buckwalds and the Gonzalezes. BUD BUCKWALD (Hank Azaria, THE SIMPSONS) is a married father of three and a Border Patrol agent who is just a tad behind the times and feels slightly threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood. He lives next door to ERNESTO GONZALEZ (Nicholas Gonzalez, SLEEPY HOLLOW), an ambitious family man, who has been in the country less than 10 years, but is already doing better than Bud – which, it turns out, is a bit of an issue for Bud.

Bud is married to JANICE BUCKWALD (Alex Borstein, FAMILY GUY), both the wisest and most oblivious member of the family. The Buckwald kids include BECKY (Borstein), a socially awkward, big-boned geek; SANFORD (Judah Friedlander, “30 Rock”), a loser who thinks he’s a player; and GERT (Missi Pyle, “The Exes,” “Galaxy Quest”), a beauty pageant-obsessed five-year-old with a pet pig. Meanwhile, living the American Dream next door are the Gonzalezes, including MARIA (Stephanie Escajeda, “100 Things To Do Before High School”), Ernesto’s no-nonsense wife; their son, RUIZ (guest voice Efren Ramirez, “Napoleon Dynamite”); and their 21-year-old nephew, J.C. (Gonzalez), a graduate student who is engaged to Becky and frequently butts heads with Bud.

As Bud and Ernesto’s paths begin to cross, their two families soon become bound by romance, conflict and, perhaps most importantly, friendship – a word that means the same, no matter what side of the border you’re from.

BORDERTOWN is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Mark Hentemann. Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY) are executive producers. Alex Carter (FAMILY GUY) and Dan Vebber (AMERICAN DAD, “Futurama”) are co-executive producers. Lalo Alcaraz (“La Cucaracha”) and Gustavo Arellano (“¡Ask a Mexican!”) are consulting producers. Valentina L. Garza (THE SIMPSONS) is a supervising producer. “Like” BORDERTOWN on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @BORDERTOWNonFOX and join the discussion using #Bordertown.

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