It wouldn’t take much more than a few moments with the relentlessly squiggly, jarringly dry Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, which premiered on Comedy Central in 1995, to understand that it was a different beast entirely than most other animated series of the era. While perhaps too challenging in aesthetic and humor to ever reach the status of The Simpsons or any of Mike Judge’s projects, Dr. Katz carried enough esteem to win producer Loren Bouchard and star H. Jon Benjamin to develop a like-minded (and like-styled) animated series with up-and-comer Brendon Small. The fruit of this team’s labors would turn out to be Home Movies.
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In 1999, audiences were flooded with teen movies and TV shows that would become modern classics. The world seemed to belong to high schoolers: She’s All That, American Pie, and Varsity Blues ruled theaters, while Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer reigned on TV. But there was one show that debuted that year, Freaks and Geeks, that came and went with hardly a mainstream peep. Its cast was full of unknown actors, its characters weren’t “hot” in any conventional sense, and they weren’t wearing whipped cream bikinis or fighting demons.
by Mario Casill