Friday, June 19, 2009

The Goode Family - Ep 4: Again with the Al Gore

Yes, I realized I skipped episode 3. It's not working on the ABC website right now. I'll occasionally check back to see if it works.


Mom Goode wants to hire help for the garden because she threw out her back. Dad Goode says they don't need help. He says, "Do you think Al Gore has a staff of people helping him?"

Again with the assumption that environmentally and socially conscious people worship Al Gore. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me.

Dad Goode then says, "We're not hiring any minorities to do our dirty work. That's racist! It's whites-only at the Goode house."

OK, that's pretty funny. And the rest of the episode relies pretty heavily on the same kind of humor. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.

I'm not inspired to do a big review of this episode like I've done for the last two. Instead, I have a general observation about the show: This vegan family looks great.

Mom and Dad Goode look great and always healthy. Adopted son Goode is a tank. Daughter Goode is a waif, but a waif in the way that pop culture idolizes. The animation for her torso shows her pelvic bones, but that's in these days, right?

Anyway, here's a healthy vegan family on network TV.

This is what I meant when I said that this show could be a double edged sword for veganism. There are a lot of people out there who assume that veganism is a deficient diet. If you can't eat the superfoods that are meat, dairy and eggs, then you'll whither away and die. So far, The Goode Family has shown that vegans are just as fit, if not more fit, then their omnivorous counterparts. Adopted Son Goode was the star of the football team in episode 2.

So far, I'd have to honestly say that this show is a net positive for veganism. Of course, that could change in the span of one episode. But so far ... I feel dirty saying it, but ... so good? Really? Did I just type that?

Coming up tonight at 7:30 central, A Tale of Two Lesbians. Here's the description: "Helen and Gerald try to prove they're not homophobic by befriending a lesbian couple."

That sounds groan-worthy. Sure, the show might not be all bad, but I'm sort of starting to hope it dies a quiet death.


herbivore said...

This isn't related to you post but... I saw you all at St Paul Luce today! I was going to say hi, but then I figured you would have no idea who I was. I am Tori of VFF as well.

BTW your kids are so adorable!

Jeni Treehugger said...

I've not managed to see any other episodes apart from the first one....I will of course catch up with them all eventually.

Al said...

Herb, you totally should have said hi. It would have been awkward in that really cool way. BTW, that whole big group I was with was vegan.