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The Goode Family was a satirical animated sitcom that premiered on ABC in 2009. The show was created by Mike Judge, known for his work on Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, and Office Space. The Goode Family followed the lives of the titular family, consisting of Gerald and Helen Goode, their teenage daughter Bliss, and their adopted son Ubuntu. They were a stereotypical upper middle-class family living in the fictitious, eco-friendly town of Greenville.
Gerald was an anthropology professor who had a passion for saving the environment and was extremely politically correct. Helen was a stay-at-home mom who was also a vegan and volunteered at various charities. Bliss was an activist who was passionate about social justice and Ubuntu was a young boy from Africa whom the Goodes adopted in order to make a difference in the world.
The show satirized the over-the-top liberalism of the Goodes and the lengths they went to in order to be politically correct. For example, they had a hybrid car named "Eco-Mobile" and recycled everything, including their own urine. They also tried to raise their children to be environmentally conscious and socially responsible, but often struggled to understand their teenage daughter's rebellion and their son's cultural identity crisis.
The show featured a wide range of supporting characters that the Goodes interacted with, including their next-door neighbors who were conservative and unapologetically anti-environmentalist. Other recurring characters were the Goodes' son's birth mother, an environmental activist who was trying to teach the family about the importance of cultural diversity, and a town council member who was determined to implement ridiculous policies in the name of environmentalism.
The humor of The Goode Family often relied on the absurdity of the characters' extreme liberalism and the clash between their ideals and the realities of everyday life. The show also made fun of different social and political issues, ranging from environmentalism and animal rights to race and gender relations.
Despite its talented cast, which included Nancy Carell, David Herman, Linda Cardellini, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Dee Bradley Baker, The Goode Family failed to find an audience and was cancelled by ABC after only one season. The show's humor was considered too niche and polarizing, making it difficult to attract a large enough fan base.
Overall, The Goode Family was an attempt to satirize the current trends of political correctness and environmentalism prevalent in American society. While it was not always successful, the show's clever writing and talented voice cast made for an entertaining and thought-provoking experience. Unfortunately, the show's time on air was cut short, leaving fans wanting more.
The Goode Family is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on May 27, 2009.