Review by Lauryn Angel
Bordertown is the latest offering from Seth MacFarlane as a producer, and much like his other projects, it makes rapid-fire jokes at a number of topics, but mostly at the topic of immigration. Series creator Mark Hentemann is a former writer for MacFarlane’s Family Guy, so the satire is fairly consistent with that program.
The animated series is set in the border town of Mexifornia. The protagonist, Bud Buckwald (Hank Azaria) works border control. His neighbor, Ernesto Gonzalez (Nicholas Gonzalez) is an immigrant who owns a landscaping company. As you might expect, their relationship is rocky at best. Bud is in many ways reminiscent of Hank Hill from Mike Judge’s King of the Hill – he is the stereotypical white conservative who maintains an uneasy relationship with his immigrant neighbor. The Buckwald family is rounded out by Bud’s wife, Becky; his liberal daughter, Janice (both voiced by Alex Borstein); his son, Sanford (Judah Friedlander), who is apparently an undercover F.B.I. agent; and Gert (Missi Pyle), a toddler pageant queen reminiscent of Honey Boo-Boo.
The topic matter of the show is timely – especially for animation, which requires a long lead time. A lot of the humor, though, falls a bit flat. The second episode is funnier than the first, and it’s easy to imagine that with time, the series could develop into something great.
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