Once upon a time, two animated kids spent their lives sitting around, talking about stuff that’s cool, stuff that sucks, and trying to figure out how to score with chicks. Beavis and Butt-Head may be back on MTV, but FX is also set to unleash two like-minded teens on viewers with their new animated series Unsupervised.
Set to follow the Season 3 premiere of Archer tonight on FX is Unsupervised, an animated comedy series by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby. Unsupervised features an all-star cast of voices, including Justin Long and David Hornsby, who voice the teen leads Gary and Joel respectively, with Kristen Bell and Romany Malco providing the voices of their friends Megan and Darius. Kaitlin Olson, Rob Rosell, Fred Armisen, Alexa Vega and Sally Kellerman can also be heard throughout the series.
While Archer mixes humor with a spy-thriller-like story, Unsupervised has nothing to do with spies but does feature two kids on a mission to survive adolescence (and get girls) while living a lifestyle that doesn’t include much parental supervision.
The premise and the animation style, which includes what almost looks like a blending of animation and live-action images that’s somewhat reminiscent of the short-lived Mitchel Hurwitz animated comedy Sit Down Shut Up, differ from Archer significantly, but there’s a chance those who appreciate the style of humor in FX’s returning animated comedy, and/or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia could take to Unsupervised just as well. From what I've seen of the first few episodes, the characters are likable and amusing, and there's a bit of randomness to their lives that makes for a fun look at the lives of two kids. While the premiere was short on genuine laugh-out-loud moments, there's a goofy awkwardness to the kids that sort of reminds me a bit more of Superbad than Beavis & Butt-Head. In short, I'd watch more.
Tune in tonight for the series premiere, which airs at 10:30 p.m., following Archer’s return to FX.
In the meantime, here are a couple of clips from Unsupervised...