Reviews: Aqua Teen Hunger Force

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A mixed bag by anyother name
This show... Oh man, this show is without a doubt the most bizarre thing I've ever seen. That's the only phrase that does it justice. There's no rhyme or rhythm to what's going to happen. With Negative Continuity at full throttle, anything and everything can happen. This makes the series incredibly unpredictable with outrageous swerves and deaths coming out of nowhere. This is actually a pretty good thing as it keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what kind of insane thing is going to happen next. And more often than not, the show delivers.

Except sometimes, you don't enjoy what you get. The show contains very generous heapings of black comedy that more often than not, comes off as a bad case of Dude, Not Funny!!. In particular, I especially hated it when Master Shake microwaved not one but 2 kittens! Like, that's not even shock humour, that's just really poor taste.

In other cases, it's actually pretty funny and the black humour is actually genuinely funny. I'll admit, the series made me laugh more than a few times.

And then there are moments when it's just plain weird to the point where you question yourself if the 10 minutes you spent watching it was worth it. That's another thing worth mentioning actually. Each episode is only 10 minutes long, so you can quickly watch one episode and if it's a particularly crap one, you don't lose too much time watching it.

Overall, The series just baffles me. It's an incredibly strange and surreal experience to watch this show and it can be real hit-and-miss with its pretty original plots and heavy abuse of negative continuity. There were times I laughed, there were times I was deeply shocked, and there were times where I muttered to myself, "what the actual fuck did I just watch?" I'd recommend watching the first few episodes to get an idea of what the show is like, as I really can't decide whether to recommend watching the series or not. It's just that strange
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Funny, but not for everybody
A great, quirky little show with funny characters and situations more than out-and-out jokes. Not for everybody, but great for those who can get into it.

Probably the weirdest show on television, and that's saying something. If you can dig it's odd sense of humor and bizarre premise, though, you'll find a show that hits more often than it misses. Certainly it's not for everyone; it's big on Dead Baby Comedy, Crosses The Line Twice and Overly Long Gag as well as a penchant for very little actually happening, but if you like conceptual, character-based humor and can take joy in comedic sociopathy, you'll enjoy most of it.

A few caveats: the show takes some time to get into, and until you understand the characters you probably won't like it. Some of the episodes are only really funny on second viewing, and some of them are just plain bad. The show is also generally funny in short bursts; it's ten minutes long for a reason. Trying to do an extended binge is not recommended unless you're a huge fan.

Overall, I'd say thumbs up to this one, but be warned that it's not for everybody and it might take awhile for you to get into it.
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