Saturday, May 10, 2008

MSCR: Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Right from the start, the title just grabs you. You sit there scratching your head, trying to figure out how a D-list superhero from the late sixties transitioned into a career as a defense attorney. As it turns out ... he took a correspondence course.

This show brings back some of the most forgettable characters from the Hanna-Barbera lineup and crams them into the usual Lawyer Show premise. Peter Potamus plays Harvey's annoying coworker, the Super Friends make regular appearances as both plaintiffs and defendants, with the Honorable Judge Mentok the Mind-taker presiding.

Judge Mentok, shown here hypnotizing the jury.

The humor lies in seeing these beloved childhood icons lie, cheat, and finagle their way through a gross parody of our legal system. Watching the show for any amount of time will evoke feelings of surprise, disgust, and titillation. Often concurrently.

This show is perfect for anyone who enjoys classic cartoons and surrealist comedy. Which, I will admit, may include a scant few. But if you are one of these discerning late-night couch potatoes, Harvey Birdman is for you! Check it out during the coveted weeknights-at-1am spot on Cartoon Network.

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