is an [adult swim]
program that parodies aspects of Walker, Texas Ranger
, produced by Conan O'Brien
's production company, Conaco.David Letterman
favorite Chris Elliott plays Chris Monsanto, arguably the best and most reckless Ranger in the service. He's backed up by Brett Mobley (Brett Gelman) and Susie Wagner, (Maria Thayer, best known as Jerri's friend on Strangers with Candy
), all under the supervision of Da Chief
(Michael Gladis of Mad Men
). Chris faces off against drug dealers, dirigible captains, pumas, bank robbers, and more, all with a peculiar kind of lazy violence.
This show provides examples of:
- Badass: Chris Monsanto
- Clueless Deputy: Brett, to the point where he's used as a club instead of as a deputy.
- Of course season three reveals Brett is really Satan and that his uselessness is an act he puts on in order to torment Chris
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Many battle end this way due to Chris's killer punch ability and willingness to fight dirty.
- Dead Partner: Played with in the pilot.
- Den of Iniquity: A bizarre bylaw makes it legal to do anything in the sky. Everything goes, up to and including murder. Naturally, a crime baron sets up a blimp as his base of operations where every type of crime is indulged and encouraged (except smoking, because of the hydrogen)
- Downer Ending: Chris committing suicide over his involvement in Brett's death.
- Fiery Redhead: Susie.
- Finger Poke of Doom: Chris's super-punch turns enemies into goo.
- Gainax Ending: The last few seconds of "Me Llamo Justice". Considering that the episode involved people made entirely of cocaine, this says a lot.
- Season three's finale took it to an even greater level: the entire show is set in hell and that Brett is really Satan, who forces Chris to live out different lives/scenarios for his amusement while secretly observing Chris's suffering by way of playing the role of Chris's annoying sidekick. The episode ends with Chris killing Satan only to flash back to his original death (decapitation vis hanging), and at the very end of the credits, it seems it was all in Doc Shades mind before he died.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Scatman appears to have qualities of this.
- Karma Houdini: Not only does Franklin Gribbs manage to cheat death (fleeing heaven and gaining a new identical body in the process to replace his old one) but he manages to avoid falling to his death by way of being rescued by a giant eagle
- Only Sane Woman: Susie, though she has a tendency to fall for obviously evil men.
- Properly Paranoid: Franklin Gribbs, especially when it came to Saint Peter plotting against him to steal his animal blooper footage from him
- Refuge in Audacity: All over the place.
- Shout-Out: To All That Jazz pretty much the whole musical number in the season 3 finale is lifted right out of the movie.
- The Danza: Chris Elliott as Chris Monsanto, and Brett Gelman as Brett Mobley.
- Thrown from the Zeppelin: The conclusion of "Master of Da'Skies."
- Vice City: A loophole in the law allows criminals to act with impunity... as long as they're in the sky.
- ... leading the episode's crime baron to set up a Den of Iniquity as a giant crime blimp where everything goes and sky-crime is encouraged. Except Smoking.
- Considering the blimp is suspended by flammable hydrogen, it's not that hard to see why smoking is outlawed.
- U.S. Marshal
- Younger Than He Looks: Subverted with the Chief; Gladis' makeup is too ridiculous for anyone to believe he's actually old.