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Mike Judge's next animated series after King of the Hill. Just as KotH was a parody of straitlaced conservative Middle America, The Goode Family skewers the other side of the political spectrum (liberal, politically correct West Coast America), as exemplified by the titular family of liberals who do their best to maintain political correctness in all facets of their lifestyle, as difficult as it can be at times.The family consists of Gerald, a community college professor; Helen, a self-proclaimed activist; Bliss, their snarky teenage daughter, and Ubuntu, their adopted African son who turned out to be a white South African. Other characters include Che, the family dog whom they raised as a vegan (but who often sneaks out to eat wild animals and neighborhood pets), and Charlie, Helen's sarcastic father who doesn't approve of their lifestyle.Originally airing on ABC, it was canceled during its only season. Comedy Central aired reruns of the show, but now the show is gone too.
Comically Missing the Point: With the possible exception of Bliss, none of the Goodes realize that Che doesn't like being a vegan, or that dogs are natural carnivores.
There is some controversy over whether dogs are carnivores or omnivores, which may be why the Goodes think it is okay to feed them a vegan diet. That said, although dogs are very adaptable in regards to diet, the evidence is that dogs are better off on a carnivorous diet. Moreover wolves, which are genetically so close to dogs as to be practically the same species, are definitely carnivores. Contrast cats, which are obligate carnivores that would die on a vegan diet.
Dating What Daddy Hates: Bliss tries this to scare Helen and Gerald into letting her date the boy she's actually interested in; it backfires...spectacularly.