I love non sequitur humor and obscure pop cultural references. While both may seem easy, it takes a special kind of touch to really make them work. I've always been impressed with how The Simpsons works subtle references into the show, and even Family Guy does it in a much less refined, often more jarring manner. It's not enough, though, to just toss out items from the pop culture grab bag or rattle off detached phrases. There has to be a method to the madness. This begins to explain why on one hand I absolutely adored Freakazoid!, but on the other hand I sometimes found it wanting.
was the animated adventures of a young computer
nerd named Dexter Douglas who is sucked into his computer and turned
into the titular hero. Freakazoid always manages to save the day, which
is a miracle since he's pretty much a raving lunatic. The show was
created for the Kids WB, but constant references to things like Ed Wood
probably didn't endear a young audience who was
used to, you know, humor they understood. If the character of
Freakazoid was a kind of bizarre enigma, the show itself was even more
so. Here was a cartoon with decidedly adult humor stuck in the same
timeslot as average kid fare, safely hidden away from the older viewers
who may have given it a chance to grow had they known it even existed.
Nevertheless, the show was never able to sling its pop cultural
absurdities with the same finesse as The Simpsons
The best thing that could be said about Freakazoid! was that it was
very sharp, very witty, and very funny... for a kids show. I don't
consider that an insult, as I think that's all it was ever trying to be.