Earlier this year we got all excited when we thought the American remake of Kath & Kim was set in a fictional South Florida, before finding out it was set in a fictional Central Florida. The fate of that show remains up in the air (sigh, maybe we were the only ones who kinda, sorta liked it. Still think it has potential with a few changes. Call us, Ben Silverman.), but last night Fox debuted another remake of an Australian series set somewhere in a fictional Florida town. The historic town of Knob Haven to be exact.
Sit Down, Shut Up is the animated remake of a short-lived live-action series of the same name from down under, re-imagined by Mitchell Hurwitz, the same guy responsible for the dearly departed TV series/eagerly anticipated movie Arrested Development. It follows a group of teachers at a high school in a small fishing town (the only reason for this so far seems to be so that the school team can be called "The Baiters"), and features a solid voice cast consisting of past and present SNL players (Kenan Thompson, Will Forte, Cheri Oteri) and Arrested alum (Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Henry Winkler).
The Herald's Glenn Garvin hates it with a passion. He compares it to Hitler invading Russia. Seriously. We think it's charming and had a few good laughs, even if it can't quite replace King of the Hill in its time slot or Arrested Development with its pedigree.Just because you've created one hilarious show doesn't mean your other work is a guaranteed hit. We were reminded of that when American Dad came on 30 minutes later, but rest assured it's not quite American Dad bad and has promise.
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Plus the character of acting principal Sue Sezno is the funniest role Kenan Thompson has had since Baggin' Saggin' Berry.
Full episode after the cut.