Thursday, May 28, 2009

Green and Frugal Review: The Goode Family

As I'm sitting here, I'm watching the first episode of "The Goode Family" on ABC. According to Fox News, "The politically correct couple lead a carbon-footprint-free family in the new animated comedy 'The Goode Family,' premiering Wednesday night on ABC, which pokes fun at all things holier-than-thou. 'The Goode Family' is obsessed with doing the "right" thing, whether it's environmentally, politically or socially. Unfortunately their efforts often have unintended comic consequences."

While the show's animation is very similar to "King of the Hill" (it's by Mike Judge who's also the creator of "King of the Hill"), the script and storyline are actually pretty funny (while also being controversial). I know I can relate. The main character is guilt-ridden as she's asked whether she'd like paper or plastic when she realizes she forgot her reusable shopping bags. Over the loudspeaker in the store, you hear, "The driver of the SUV is in aisle four. He's wearing the baseball cap." It shows the vast, multiple organic options that can be found when you go food shopping, coupled with ever-increasing prices. The show does a good job of showing how difficult is can be to be green.

While the show pokes fun at families trying to be more environmentally conscious, the perspective is really interesting.

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