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Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is a witty animated show that aired on Cartoon Network from 2000 to 2007. The show features Harvey Birdman, a former superhero who earned his law degree and works as an attorney. He defends various cartoon characters from their legal troubles.
The show's main character, Harvey Birdman, is voiced by Gary Cole, who brilliantly portrays his character's deadpan humor and wit. Birdman is joined by his loyal assistant, Peanut, voiced by Thomas Allen. Together, they navigate the outrageous and ridiculous cases that come their way, from defending the likes of Fred Flintstone to appearing in court against Space Ghost.
Another notable actor in the show is Stephen Colbert, who voices the villainous Phil Ken Sebben. Ken Sebben is Harvey's boss, and part of the humor in the show is the ridiculousness of this character constantly indulging in his own superego. John Michael Higgins lends his voice to the character of Mentok the Mind-Taker, a psychic lawyer who frequently appears in court battles.
The show features a host of other comic characters, all pulled from various Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 60s and 70s. Chris Edgerly voices the canine vigilante, Birdman's former sidekick now trying to make it in Hollywood as a writer. Maurice LaMarche voices the racecar driver turned attorney, who is Harvey's nemesis. Paget Brewster is the voice behind Judy Ken Sebben, the daughter of Phil Ken Sebben, who joins the law firm as a secretary after passing law school by bribing her professors. Peter MacNicol is the voice of X the Eliminator who is a contract killer hired by Harvey Birdman's firm.
The show's humor is reminiscent of a late-night talk show, with its witty writing and rapid-fire delivery. The jokes come fast and furious, and the show never takes itself too seriously. Alongside the legal cases, the show weaves amusing subplots into each episode, such as Birdman's affection for his boss's daughter or the rivalry between Birdman and X the Eliminator.
The animation style of the show is also noteworthy. The characters are all rendered in the classic Hanna-Barbera style, with its bright colors and bold lines. The colors of the backgrounds and settings are also vivid and eye-catching, which significantly adds to the appeal of the show.
Interestingly, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law has become somewhat of a cult classic since its cancellation. The weekly internet adaption of the show airs under the name "Harvey Birdman: Attorney General," and many of the show's fans have clamored for a revival. In recent years, there has been much talk of a potential revival, though nothing concrete has materialized as of yet.
In conclusion, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is a hilarious and irreverent animated show that expertly takes the conventions of classic cartoons and turns them on their head. The writing is witty, and the voice acting is top-notch. The animation is bright, colorful and visually appealing. Overall, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is one of the most entertaining and creative cartoon series of the last two decades.
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on December 30, 2000.