More a triumph of design and concept than execution, "Ugly Americans" is the best thing to hail from Comedy Central's animation efforts in some time -- a wild acid trip of a show, where monsters and mythical creatures casually live alongside ordinary humans in New York City. Visually, the series vaguely resembles the EC Comics of the 1950s (think Vault of Horror) -- a clever homage that will surely be lost on much of its younger audience. Not everything works, but with its bountiful supply of visual gags, "Americans" is just goofy enough to be good.
Created by Devin Clark and developed by "The Simpsons" writer David M. Stern, the program offers a refreshing lark for Comedy Central, which has often worked blue in the animation field more because the channel can than because the material delivers the funny.
The show's central character, Mark (voiced by Matt Oberg), is your run-of-the-mill social worker at the Dept. of Integration, but any semblance of normalcy ends there, from Mark's zombie roommate Randall (Kurt Metzger) to his office fling Callie (Natasha Leggero), a horns-and-all demon.
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