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  • Cult Classic: Though nowhere near the level of Mike Judge's other shows, it did gain a small but dedicated fanbase once all of the episodes were available to watch in chronological order.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    Ubuntu: I like you.
    Tanya: I heard you on the radio. I'm not scared of you anymore.
    Ubuntu: Dance with me?
    Tanya: I'd like that.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: Most fans would agree that the pilot does a less-than-satisfactory job in setting up the show's overall humor and tone, both of which vastly improve in the episodes that follow.
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  • So Okay, It's Average: Even with it's questionable socio-political humor, most viewers simply felt the show wasn't funny or interesting enough to justify it, resulting in it's swift cancelation and some viewers eventually softening to it.
  • Squick: Gutterball, Charlie's grotesque pet. Heck, his entire species is this.
  • Tearjerker: In episode 6, where Gerald briefly abandons his family to undertake a misguided cause.
    Ubuntu: You can't leave! Who am I gonna open jars for?!
  • Unacceptable Targets:
    • The main reason why this show failed. The Goodes are made fun of for being progressive and open-minded, which is difficult to parody while keeping the characters human (compare King of the Hill, which was a much more tongue-in-cheek but otherwise sympathetic depiction of conservatives). As a result, conservatives didn't find the show satirical enough, liberals didn't understand what the jokes were supposed to even be, and neither side was able to get attached to the characters.
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    • Che the dog. There's nothing funny about animal neglect/starvation.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: As mentioned above, part of the show's problem was that the Goodes are fundamentally decent people. It's true that they're slightly overbearing but they ultimately want to do right by other people and the world at large, which makes the show's harsh criticisms of them feel disproportionate, if nothing else. This is especially evident with Gerald, whose kind, warm-hearted personality is at odds with how all the humor directed at him feels so bitter and nasty. Unlike with Hank Hill, who has flaws but is portrayed sympathetically for the most part, it seems like the show's creators genuinely despise Gerald and have nothing but ill will for him.
  • Vindicated by History: A fanbase for the show has been steadily growing in recent years, with some even saying that the satire on Political Correctness Gone Mad was a lot sharper and a much better than most gave it credit for, especially once political correctness itself experienced a major resurgence in The New '10s.
  • The Woobie:
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    • Poor, poor Che, who has to sneak out at night in order to eat meat and survive.
    • Ubuntu, if you think too hard about his parents' explanation of his origin story. His parents assumed that since he was a white South African, his blood parents were terrible people, and they resolved to prove that with conscientious parenting they could undo his blood parents' evil and make him a functioning member of society. It's extremely doubtful that his parents' parenting style wouldn't leave Ubuntu with extreme self-image issues and feelings of self-loathing.

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