“The Goode Family,” a new animated series from Mike Judge (“King of the Hill,” “Beavis and Butt-head,” “Office Space”), John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky (“King of the Hill,” “Blades of Glory”), premieres WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Meet Gerald and Helen Goode, a couple who live by the motto WWAGD (“What Would Al Gore Do?”). Gerald, a college administrator, and Helen, a community activist, are determined to obliterate their carbon footprint on the planet: They’re zealous vegans, they drive a hybrid, and they recycle everything possible. Even the family dog, Che, is vegan. In the words of Helen, all the Goodes want to do is buy organic apples and call minorities by their right names. But despite their best efforts, something always goes haywire with their politically correct plans.
Like adopted son Ubuntu – Gerald and Helen thought they were doing the right thing by adopting a baby from Africa, only to learn that Ubuntu was South African . . . and white. Now a teenager, he eagerly tries to embrace the Goodes’ love of things like crafts and organic gardening, even though deep in his gene pool is a drive towards more blue collar pursuits like driving fast, using tools and violent sports. Teenage daughter Bliss is constantly mortified by her parents (especially her mom’s efforts to talk openly, girlfriend-to-girlfriend, about sex). Even Che is rebelling against his owners – he’s secretly depopulating the neighborhood of every stray squirrel, cat, rabbit and bird in search of a square meal.
Their kids and dog aren’t the only ones who find the Goodes hard to understand. Helen’s SUV-driving, meat eating dad, Charlie, thinks her efforts to save the planet are just a waste of time. Neighbor Ray Johnson is bemused at the Goodes’ attempts to refer to him by the right ethnic catch phrase (“African American”? “Person of Color”?) and the constant drama unfolding right next door.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” Helen is distraught when Bliss, fed up with her mom’s trying to talk to her about sex, joins an abstinence group. Things go from bad to worse when Bliss asks her father, Gerald, to take her to the group’s purity ball. Meanwhile Ubuntu turns 16 and wants to learn how to get his driver’s license.
“The Goode Family” is voiced by Mike Judge as Gerald, Nancy Carell as Helen, Dave Herman as Ubuntu/President Kent Jensen/Treyvon, Linda Cardellini as Bliss and Brian Doyle-Murray as Charlie.
Guest voice cast: Gary Anthony Williams as Ray/the DMV Person/Ted, Mo Collins as the Checker/Lucy, Dee Bradley Baker as Che, and Julia Sweeney as Margo.
“Pilot” was written by John Altschuler, Mike Judge and Dave Krinsky, and directed by Wes Archer.
John Altschuler, Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky, Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally are executive producers of the series, which is produced by MRC and 3 Arts Entertainment.
“The Goode Family” is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary Closed Captioning. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.
This episode of “The Goode Family” will be available on abc.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.