Drawn Together is one of those television shows that would so easily slip under the radar here in the UK – in the US, it never fared as well as hoped by creators Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, but it is a real gem.
The original pitch to Comedy Central was for a cartoon TV reality show with characters from different backgrounds – there are superheroes, videogame characters and a host of Hanna-Barber-ians. Comedy Central allegedly believed they were buying a reality TV show, but what they received was so much better…
It may be a little late for a disclaimer, but here goes. The show is chocked full of adult humour, including violence, foul language, gratuitous cartoon nudity, racism and a whole basket of WTF. If you are at work checking out this article, the content in question in 100% NSFW.
So, it’s pretty strongly humoured. And yes, I know I mentioned racism, but let’s clear that one up right here – it is as racist as the old jokes that were told. They vary depending on the gag, but they usually boil down to three somethings (religious figures, nationalities, etc), with one of them behaving very stereotypically. It’s not done in a hateful way, which as any good boy and girl knows is not funny.
So, back to the content. It stars several characters across different genres – there’s Xander, the videogame adventurer, who has a secret even he doesn’t realise. There’s Princess Clara, a singing princess with a poor concept of reality and a bigoted upbringing. She usually argues with Foxxy Love, a black mystery solving musician (voiced by Cree Summer). Foxxy is usually seen as the more sane of the group. Thrown into the mix, the super-powered Captain Hero, a big, selfish jock whose super-slogan is “Save yourselves”. The last members of the house are Ling-Ling, an Asian battle-monster (read: Pikachu parody), Wooldoor Sockbat (read: Spongebob Squarepants parody), Spanky Ham (read: Adam Carolla) and Toot (read: Betty Boop clone with an over-eating disorder). With all of these strong personalities and backgrounds mixed in together, it’s not a surprise that Comedy Central believed they were purchasing a real reality show.
The first season makes the most sense when seen consecutively, as it has a running story. It follows the characters as they deal with challenges set by the producer, mocking popular shows such as The Real World, Survivor and Big Brother, and each other.
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