Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Veganism in Primetime Tonight!

All across the US tonight viewers will watch a story about a family of vegans trying to do good. They'll see their trials and tribulations. They'll learn from them. America will see how do-gooding vegans interact with "normal" society.

Sounds great? Well, probably not. For the family I speak of are the Goodes, subjects of the new animated comedy premiering on ABC tonight, "The Goode Family."

I blogged about this show exactly one year ago today. Here's some of what I said:

Of course, they're going to poke fun at people who try to be responsible citizens of the world. This doesn't bother me too much, as long as they do it intelligently and don't fall into the "crazy hippie" or "miserable vegan" trap. I don't know any crazy or miserable vegans. It feels good to do good. It is hard some times, but it's worth it. I hope that's where they go with the show.

Even if the show takes the easy route of vegan-bashing now and then, the fact that a vegan family is the subject of a major network sitcom is encouraging. Maybe this means that in a few years when I tell servers at restaurants that I'm vegan I won't have to then explain to them what that means.

But it probably also means that when people think "vegan" they'll think about that wacky Goode Family who are always so high-maintenance, condecending and miserable.

It's a double-edged sword. But at least it's a sword!

So yeah, it premiers tonight on ABC at 8:00 Central time. I'm sure it will be online at ABC tomorrow or the next day, for those of you not living in the States.

Here's a preview:

What Would Al Gore Do? Are you kidding me? What kind of vegan family would hold up Al Gore, a guy who refuses to acknowledge veganism as a way to curb global warming, as a pinnacle of virtue?

And there it is, my first legitimate criticism of this show.

Also, I already exploded into a rant about it to Mrs. Piggy today.

But I'll officially withhold judgement until after I watch the first episode. I swear, as Al Gore as my witness, I'm not already composing a scathing review.

Read my scathing review tomorrow.


Nick said...

I worry that nothing good will come of this. I've heard one too many jabs at veganism, and I don't know if I can put up with any more.

I also find it distressing that the characters in this show are considered radical. I mean, really. Reusing shopping bags? Being a vegan? These sorts of things are the absolute minimum you can do to try to live an ethical life.

Liz said...

Oh, I can tell I'm going to love this show. I love shows that make fun of people just like me. Really. Mike Judge essentially makes fun of my entire family and hometown on King of the Hill and I LOVE it!

Kris said...

I was a little unimpressed, especially for a project from Mike Judge. He just turned the Hill family inside out - sorta like "American Dad" did to "Family Guy."

Jeni Treehugger said...

I like the look of this - guess I'll wait until I've seen a few episodes to make up my mind. Won't be on over here for yonks anyway and Spanish just doesn't translate well in shows like this. Must find it online somewhere...