Many parents find the entertainment that's most appealing to pre-school children -- Barney, the Wiggles and even the Rugrats -- so cloying they feel the urge to run from the room. But if that kind of soft, safe and cutesy entertainment is what those little ones really enjoy, how much of a culture shock are they getting when the family TV turns to NBC for some cartoon crotch-licking and drug humor?
The episodes following the premiere were more of the same. In the second episode, the Roy character says, "Magic, you fickle bitch." He says to the Siegfried character: "Don't be an ass of jacks." When guests surprise Larry, he suggests sarcastically it's pleasant, "like when the gas wears off early and your dentist is buckling his pants." The show had a "Today" show subplot, complete with an animated Matt Lauer. Larry's dad exclaimed, "Katie Couric's got that good-girl-but-probably-wild-in-the-sack thing going on." But perhaps the most unique moment of the night were the lesbian gophers kissing, moaning and rubbing each other while the males took pictures.
This show is not cute, and it's certainly not funny. It merely demonstrates that Hollywood can't stop fixating on tawdry sex and drug use, not even when they're making cartoon shows about lions. "Father of the Pride" shows there is no pride at NBC.