Brickleberry

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Brickleberry
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Genre Comedy
Format Animated sitcom
Created by Roger Black
Waco O'Guin
Voices of David Herman
Kaitlin Olson (Season 1)
Natasha Leggero (Season 2-present)
Tom Kenny
Roger Black
Jerry Minor
Daniel Tosh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Roger Black
Waco O'Guin
Daniel Tosh
Co-executive producers:
Michael Jamin (Season 1)
Sivert Glarum (Season 1)
Michael Rowe (Season 2)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Damn! Show Productions
Black Heart Productions
Fox 21
Broadcast
Original channel Comedy Central
Original run September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) – present
External links
Website

Brickleberry is an American adult animated sitcom that premiered on Comedy Central on September 25, 2012. The series is created by Roger Black and Waco O'Guin (creators of MTV2's Stankervision) and executive produced by Black, O'Guin and Daniel Tosh. On October 30, 2013, the series was renewed for a third season by Comedy Central.[1] The series is rated TV-MA in the United States.

Synopsis[edit]

The series follows a group of Park rangers as they work through their daily lives in the fictional Brickleberry National Park.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Steve Williams (voiced by David Herman) – The main protagonist of the series. Steve is an overconfident, bumbling park ranger who takes himself and his job way too seriously. Even though he has been "Ranger of the Month" at Brickleberry for several years, he does not appear to display good skills or even common sense. Steve's "Ranger of the Month" title means everything to him and he will do anything to keep it. Despite his extreme lack of intelligence, he knows the Brickleberry park very well because his father was also a Brickleberry ranger, so Steve was raised in the park. He dreamt of working at Brickleberry since he was a child but put his dream on hold after his father went missing in the park and was never found.
  • Ethel Anderson (voiced by Kaitlin Olson in season 1, Natasha Leggero in season 2) – Ethel is an attractive, 25-year-old female ranger. She was the top ranger at Yellowstone and was transferred to Brickleberry in an effort to get the park back on track (and because she was fired from Yellowstone for being drunk on the job). She is passionate for animals and nature and does her best to treat her co-workers kindly. Steve sees Ethel as a threat to his Ranger of the Month title, while Ethel sees Steve as a bumbling idiot. Ethel possesses extraordinary ranger skills, but is much more humble than Steve.
  • Woodrow "Woody" Johnson (voiced by Tom Kenny) – Woody is a 55-year-old ranger with a military background. In the "Crippleberry" episode, he mentions to Steve that he is technically a war criminal. He worked his way up to head ranger over his 30-year career at Brickleberry. He worked alongside Steve's father, but never searched for him when Jonah went missing. He always has the park’s best interest in mind and struggles to boost the dwindling tourism numbers by any means. In "2 Weeks Notice", he accidentally confesses to Malloy that when his mother died, his father forced him to dress up in her lingerie, implying that he may have been sexually abused by his father. It is also revealed in season 2 that Woody was also physically abused by his father and was a former porn star.
  • Denzel Jackson (voiced by Jerry Minor) – Denzel is a black ranger who is horrible at his job, but can't be fired because he works for a government agency. Denzel suffers from gerontophilia, which gets him into hot water. Denzel finds his job challenging because he's afraid of bugs, snakes, and pretty much anything else that inhabits the woods.
  • Connie Cuntman (voiced by Roger Black) – Connie is a lesbian female ranger who has a large body, immense strength, and a deep voice that often mistaken for a male. In "Gay Bomb", Connie admits she is a lesbian and it is revealed to the viewers that her strength is dubbed by her as "lesbian strength". Connie is capable of lifting massive objects, such as trees, bears, and even a real bomb. She is obsessed with Ethel and was turned away by her Evangelical parents for being a homosexual. On a side note, when Connie gets excited, her vagina makes growling noises similar to that of a stomach, requiring her to talk it down like a wild animal.
  • Malloy (voiced by Daniel Tosh) – Malloy is a grizzly bear cub that Woody has taken in and spoiled after Steve accidentally ran over and shot his parents, telling him a tourist did it. Woody lets him play video games all day and eat junk food. Malloy is very crude, racist, sexist, has a superiority complex, and in some ways is a narcissist. He enjoys putting down and messing with the rangers on a daily basis, especially Steve.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Bobby Possumcods (voiced by Waco O'Guin) – Bobby is a redneck that lives in the park. He "loves" animals a bit too much and Malloy got a taste of this first hand in the season one première. O'Guin has been portraying the live action version of Possumcods for years in O'Guin and Black's underground comedy called "The DAMN! Show".
  • Bodean (voiced by Roger Black) – Bodean is Bobby's brother-in-law, sidekick, and best friend. He is known to speak very fast and sometimes for a long time.
  • Firecracker Jim (voiced by Waco O'Guin) – A local redneck who sells illegal fireworks. He has stumps since he blew off his arms and legs a while ago.
  • Dr. Kuzniak (voiced by Tom Kenny) – Brickleberry's personal doctor. He has a strange fetish of medical malpractice. He also has some shady criminal intents such as medical waste dumping and dealings with the "Chinese Black Market".
  • Jorge (voiced by David Herman) – A foreign man who owns the local strip club. He seems to be very clueless and gullible.
  • Flamey the Bear (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) – A bear mascot, Steve's childhood hero, who parodies the advertising icon Smokey Bear. As with Smokey, he teaches kids about the dangers of forest fires, but in a more violent way.
  • Jonah Williams (voiced by Phil LaMarr) – Steve's father, who was himself a park ranger, inspiring Steve to become one. However, he was presumed dead after a series of tragic misfortunes, which included being eaten by a crocodile and cut up by a saw mill. But he is shown to have lived in a cave the whole time, given the Brickleberry emblem and Steve's missing dolly. Later, it is revealed he was a bear with a severe case of the mange. There is a bronze statue of Jonah outside the Ranger Station.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Governor Nina Melcher (voiced by Janell Cox) – The Hazelhurst governor, who gets her own back on Woody's sexist comments by building a superhighway around Brickleberry National Park. Woody is reluctant to apologize, so decides to run for Governor.
  • "Frozen Toes" Carruthers (voiced by John DiMaggio) – A black figure skater and Denzel's hero. Denzel visits the nursing home where he lives to receive some training ahead of the Ranger Games. However, "Carruthers" is revealed to be Silly Willie, a man with late-stage Alzheimer's, and the real Carruthers died in 1998.
  • Bosco (voiced by Mark Hamill) – A failing circus sideshow owner, who has kept the carnival freaks in captivity for some time.
  • Warden Tiny Smalls (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) – A midget prison warden at Hazelhurst Prison, hence his name, who organizes a gay wedding between Denzel and Meat Hammer, one of the inmates.
  • Magnus Blickensderfer (voiced by John DiMaggio) – A Swiss Olympic gold medalist, hired by Woody in order to lead Brickleberry to victory in the Ranger Games over Yellowstone. However, as Steve implied, he is actually a terrorist because he was tired of his country being mocked for being neutral.
  • John Radcliff (voiced by John DiMaggio) – Head ranger at Yellowstone and Woody's rival at the Ranger Games, who beat him out in forest gymnastics at the 1982 Games which caused Woody to wreak havoc.
  • Duke Dick (voiced by John DiMaggio) – A wannabe porn star, who has stolen Woody's sex movements and copied his main catchphrase, and also stopped idolizing him. Woody tries to prove he is the better porn star by reclaiming his porn stardom.
  • Brant (voiced by Lucas O'Guin) – The boy who attends Hazelhurst Elementary School, taught by Stephanie Bridges. He bullies Malloy on his first day at school, but Malloy gets back at him by stealing his girlfriend. This culminates in Brant being mauled to death at the school play.
  • Stephanie Bridges (voiced by David Herman) – A female version of Steve, who shares traits with him, including Viggo Mortensen and lasagna. She teaches at Hazelhurst Elementary School.
  • Sandy Berkman (voiced by Tara Strong) – A news anchor for Channel 2 News, who appears in most episodes, but her name is not revealed until "My Favourite Bear".
  • Dottie/Rakshapani (voiced by Sheetal Sheth) – An Indian tech support worker, who falls in love with Steve (in the form of a worker robot, with her head displayed on a computer screen), until he decides to break up with her, following Woody's advice. She is revealed to be morbidly obese when Steve flies to India to win back her love.
  • Viggo Mortensen – Steve's favorite celebrity, appears in a few episodes on posters and memorabilia, but in person in "Scared Straight" to stop the gay wedding.
  • Myrtle (voiced by Tara Strong) – An old woman Denzel dates in "2 Weeks Notice" until it is revealed that her mother is still alive and much older than her daughter. They both end up in a mother-daughter catfight.

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

While Dylan P. Gadino of Laugh Spin called the show "fast-paced and hilarious".[2] and John Blabber said it was "threatening to be the best new animated series of 2012".,[3] most reviews have been negative, with Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave Brickleberry an F, stating that the show doesn't try to be offensive but does a great job with great characters and talented voice actors wasted on the "dreadful writing".[4]

Brian Lowry of Variety laments the show's eagerness to offend, comparing it unfavorably to South Park:

"Yes, 'South Park' has long since established animation is a fine place to skewer sacred cows, but 'Brickleberry' has nothing more on its mind than seeing how far it can push the boundaries of dick and handicapped jokes. As a consequence the premise—a second-rate national park—is purely incidental."[5]

IGN reviewer Jesse Schedeen gave the episode[which?] a 2.5/10, saying: "Comedy Central has enjoyed a long, successful history with animated fare [...] Brickleberry is like a slap in the face to that legacy."[6][7]

Emily Ashby from Common Sense Media gave the show 2 stars and called it: "Explicit, and racist."[8]

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