Movie & Television Show Reviews

New Kind Of Adult Cartoon | “Close Enough” Seasons 1 And 2 HBO Max Series Review

“Regular Show” is one of those shows that came out when I grew up; I was fifteen and told myself that I was too young to be watching cartoons. But about a year ago, I found ads for an adult show made my the same showrunner, J.G. Quintel and the promotion was promising. And after watching it, I was immediately hooked by the first episode.

The shows follows a young couple: Josh (voiced by Quintel), an aspiring video game developer, and Emily (Gabrielle Walsh). Both raise their young daughter, Candice (Jessica DiCiccio), while sharing an apartment with divorced couple Alex (Jason Mantzoukas), a community college professor and Bridgette (Kimiko Glenn), an aspiring social media influencer. And in a slice-of-life series of events, each episode balances the mundane with the absurd.

The voice actors do a stellar job and help the characters come alive. Quintel and Walsh have amazing chemistry (helped with Emily being inspired by Quintel’s real life wife), and interact like a real married couple. And the performance of Jessica DiCiccio as their daughter makes this animated family feel grounded. Jason Mantzoukas and Kimiko Glenn also stand out and balance out the other half of the main characters and embody modern sentiments to society, with Bridgette’s obsession with social media and Alex’s intellectual posturing that is comedically pandering. There are also amazing guest stars, including Jane Lynch, Chris Parnell, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, who plays a small but effective role in the season one finale.

Much like “Regular Show,” each episode will start with a simple premise but escalate into bizarre sci-fi scenarios. All of these are tied with relatable scenarios that tie to relatable issues, such as social media, getting old, and maintaining old friendship traditions as responsibilities increase. But the writing also has room for more gonzo stories that accentuate the experiences. Some of these include social media using “Matrix”-style technology, a bar that runs on the same logic as “Logan’s Run,” and many other storylines that are wrapped with magical surrealism.

There are few adult cartoons like this one, and I wish that it wasn’t the case. It doesn’t have to flex too hard about being deep and doesn’t have to try to be provocative or offensive. Characters and the chemistry take center stage and the stories told are relatable for anyone. The only issue I have is that the seasons are too short (at eight episodes); but even then, it just gets me excited for the next season and even get around to “Regular Show.”

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