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|The Goode Family|
The Goode family. From the left: Gerald, Helen, Bliss, Che, and Ubuntu
Dee Bradley Baker
|Theme music composer||Groove Addicts|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
3 Arts Entertainment
Media Rights Capital
|Original release||May 27– August 7, 2009|
The Goode Family is an American animated comedy series, which originally aired on ABC from May 27, 2009 to August 7, 2009. The series was created by Mike Judge, and follows the life of an environmentally responsible, albeit obsessive, family. The series takes a comic look at contemporary society. Judge created the show along with former King of the Hill writers John Altschuler and David Krinsky. The show was cancelled after its first season.
The Goode family struggles with the modern social and environmental responsibilities of being liberals, and the paradoxes that arise for a working-class family when trying to be politically correct all of the time about everything. Situations in the first episode included shopping at a natural foods store without having brought reusable bags, how to refer to ethnic groups, analyzing conservative beliefs they typically despise, and raising modern teenagers. The pilot satirized both stereotypical "liberal" and "conservative" mindsets, including the ongoing derangement of the family's "vegan" dog (who has taken to eating neighborhood pets).
The show is created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky, with Altschuler and Krinsky serving as show runners. The show is directed by John Rice, Seth Kearsley, Jennifer Coyle, and Anthony Chun, with Wes Archer as supervising director. Show writers include Jonathan Collier, Jace Richdale, Gene Hong, Owen Ellickson, Dave Jeser, Franklin Hardy, Leila Strachan, Brad Pope, Howard Kremer, Shane Kosakowski, Jordana Arkin, and Matt Silverstein, in addition to Altschuler and Krinsky, and other writers.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Wes Archer||John Altschuler, Mike Judge & Dave Krinsky||May 27, 2009||GFA01|
|Bliss takes drastic action and joins an abstinence group after hearing more than her fair share of safe sex talk from her mother. Ubuntu wants to learn to drive now that he has turned sixteen.|
|2||"Pleatherheads"||John Rice||Matt Silverstein & Dave Jeser||June 3, 2009||GFA06|
|Ubuntu finds himself as the main man on the football team so Helen and Gerald need to learn what being a "football family" actually means. Bliss is worried she might not get into college so she goes to great lengths to give herself a better shot at getting in.|
|3||"Goodes Gone Wild"||John Rice||Jordana Arkin||June 3, 2009||GFA02|
|Helen adopts an uncategorized animal in an effort to get Charlie to notice her good deeds. With no way of knowing how it acts and what it eats, she has quite an undertaking. Elsewhere, Gerald gets a helping hand from Che in order to get rid of the squirrels plaguing the college.|
|4||"Helen's Back"||Jennifer Coyle||Jonathan Collier||June 12, 2009||GFA05|
|When Helen loses the ability to walk through a back injury, the family turn to a Latino gardening team in order to be part of an organic garden tour. Elsewhere Bliss and Ubuntu try out the 'trading up' scheme.|
|5||"A Tale of Two Lesbians"||Anthony Chun||Franklin Hardy & Shane Kosakowski||June 19, 2009||GFA04|
|Gerald and Helen offend a lesbian couple so must seek out new lesbian friends in order to prove they aren't being offensive. Meanwhile, Ubuntu discovers he is quite adept at playing bingo.|
|6||"Freeganomics"||John Rice||Brad Pope & Howard Kremer||June 26, 2009||GFA10|
|Helen gets the support of 'Freegan' Heinrich in order to get more people to come to the Eco Festival. After realizing what sort of person he is, they have difficulty getting him to leave their home.|
|7||"Graffiti in Greenville"||Seth Kearsley||Leila Strachan||July 3, 2009||GFA08|
|Helen becomes a graffiti artist in order to make Bliss do some actual work, because she has been lying to her about the work she's been 'doing'. When her work begins to get noticed, Helen realizes she will need to come out of the shadows if she wants to get recognition for what she has done.|
|8||"A Goode Game of Chicken"||Jennifer Coyle||Gene Hong||July 10, 2009||GFA09|
|Gerald eats a meal that contains chicken even though it is not supposed to. He decides to take on Cranky (a chef) to protest what happened. Elsewhere, nobody can find Che so they assume he is missing.|
|9||"After-School Special"||Anthony Chun||Franklin Hardy & Shane Kosakowski||July 17, 2009||GFA12|
|When Helen and Gerald stop paying attention to their own kids due to mentoring at-risk children, Bliss and Ubuntu start causing trouble of their own.|
|10||"Public Disturbance"||Anthony Chun||Owen Ellickson||July 24, 2009||GFA07|
|In an effort to bring public radio to the town, Gerald tries to get the other residents to become involved as well.|
|11||"Trouble in Store"||Seth Kearsley||Jordana Arkin||July 31, 2009||GFA11|
|Helen is banned from One Earth on the day of Gerald's big meal, after 'stealing' something from the store.|
|12||"Gerald's Way or the Highway"||Seth Kearsley||Jace Richdale||August 7, 2009||GFA03|
|Gerald takes over a highway in order to show his kids what one man can do to change things for the better. When he learns that it is being used to traffic drugs, he gets into a turf war with the dealers.|
|13||"A Goode Man is Hard to Find"||Jennifer Coyle||Dave Jeser & Matt Silverstein||August 7, 2009||GFA13|
|Gerald is under the impression that he is to become a sperm donor, and Charlie teaches Ubuntu about being a man after he gets his first facial hair.|
In 2010, reruns of The Goode Family aired Monday nights at 10pm on Comedy Central, beginning January 4. It was to be evaluated for new episodes. It departed the network's primetime schedule after four weeks, returning occasionally in low-trafficked timeslots.
When first airing, the show received mixed reviews. A reviewer for the L.A. Times said: "The Goode Family, which is nicely acted and well animated, works best when the cultural potshots give way to the more basic human needs of its characters: a mother's desire to be close to her daughter, or to her father (Brian Doyle-Murray as the resident voice of political incorrectness), in spite of "a lifetime of crippling negative comments," and a father's willingness to go outside his comfort zone to make his son happy, as when Ubuntu joins the football team. There's a show there." A reviewer for NJ.com said: The Goode Family feels as if you are being dropped into a foreign land without any kind of guide, or even map." A reviewer for The New York Times said: "Mr. Judge, who remains obsessed with the absurdities of political correctness, still has his head very much in the Clinton years, and it is possible to watch The Goode Family feeling so thoroughly transported back to another time that you wonder where all the Monica Lewinsky jokes went. Sometimes you’ve just got to grab your cup of fair-trade coffee and move on."