My initial hunches
about American Dad
- from back in July of last year - seem to have been largely correct; the political humour was what could charitably be termed excruciatingly stupid. Or painfully juvenile, even; these were the kind of one-dimensional jibes a fourteen-year-old might think clever. The one scene that rose above stupid hippie/evil right-winger gags was a CBS News (!) story, showing George Bush talking to God on the phone - presented, of course, by Dan Rather. I wonder if that was that animated before or after Rathergate? (God, as it turns out, answers to Dick Cheney. Derisive, Jack Chick-esque HAW HAW!
One thing I'll grant is that it has a peppy theme song. More than anything, though, the show was just plain lame - and that's not something an auteur like Seth Macfarlane, riding on a reputation of being "edgy," can really afford to be.