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Lucas Bros. Moving Co.
Pink and yellow text spelling "Lucas Bros. Moving Co."
Genre
Created by Kenny and Keith Lucas
Written by Kenny and Keith Lucas
Directed by Ben Jones
Creative director(s) Ben Jones
Voices of
Composer(s) Tyler Cash
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Charley Damski, Eri Hawkins, and Joseph Carnegie (associates)
  • Matthew Chadwick (supervising)
Editor(s)
  • James Atkinson
  • Al LeVine
  • Brant Duncan
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Oh Snap
  • Friends Night
  • ADHD Studios
Broadcast
Original channel
  • Fox (2013–14)
  • FXX (2014–present)
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run November 23, 2013 (2013-11-23) – present
External links
Website

Lucas Bros. Moving Co. is an American animated television series created by the twin comedy duo Kenny and Keith Lucas of "The Lucas Brothers" for FXX. The series, which originally premiered on Fox on November 23, 2013, as part of its Animation Domination High-Def, features the twins as work-shy animated counterparts of themselves, running a moving company out of their van. The series is roughly based on the creators' experiences as cable television installers, and was renewed for two additional seasons on FXX.

Plot[edit]

Keith and Kenny Lucas, pictured in the first season finale, smoking marijuana through a joint

The series revolves around identical twins Kenny and Keith Lucas (voiced by Kenny and Keith Lucas, respectively), who run a moving company called "Lucas Bros Moving Co" in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, out of their van after receiving it from their dead uncle. The two are shown to frequently consume marijuana, emitting a calm demeanor throughout the various escapades caused at their job. Scrawny and indolent, their customers are often apprehensive towards their weaknesses, but the brothers like to remind themselves "that's why God made two of them."[1]

Production[edit]

Lucas Bros. Moving Co. is an animated television series created by twins Kenny and Keith Lucas of "The Lucas Brothers", a Brooklyn-based comedy duo. The series, featuring the voices of the twins as their animated counterparts, originally had them working as installers for a cable company, a job which the Lucas brothers occupied in real life. This idea was scrapped according to Keith, who felt the premise too close to that of the The Cleveland Show, another animated series aired by Fox. Kenny insisted that "moving was just more Brooklyn", a sentiment which Keith echoed, thinking that "it would be funny if we were movers because we've never moved a thing in our lives and we're so fucking weak and we hate physical labor".[2] Keith complemented the nature of the premise, finding it to be flexible with any character or setting.[2]

Commenting on the writing process, Keith called it "awesome", citing crew members Nick Weidenfeld, Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein as giving them guidance.[2] Kenny urged to "trust the process and not get ahead of yourself", while Keith recommended being patient with breaking scenes down part by part; he also called it similar to their stand-up routines, although the structure of the show made for more comfort.[2] Commenting on their inspirations, the brothers recognized themselves as animation fans, with Keith mentioning Clone High as one of their favorite series, along with King of the Hill and The Life & Times of Tim.[3] Summing Lucas Bros. as an equation, the two called it "Bill & Ted plus Workaholics plus The Wire (minus the bleakness)."[4] In the United States, the series is rated TV-14.[5] Some jokes have been rejected by the network for content, with the brothers naming a parody of Clay Davis's character from The Wire '​s elongated pronunciation of the word "shit" as an example of this.[4]

Broadcast and reception[edit]

The series premiered on November 23, 2013, on Fox, preceding the premiere of Golan the Insatiable; both series were broadcast as part of the network's late-night animation block, Animation Domination High-Def. The duo stated around the time of the premiere that the series was picked up for six additional episodes.[2] Fox announced in April 2014 that the Animation Domination High-Def block would cease broadcast on June 28, 2014, though its programs will continue on digital platforms.[6] In June 2014, the brothers announced a second and third season, following their film debut in 22 Jump Street.[3] These seasons, bringing the total amount of episodes to 18,[7] will air on FXX, starting on October 26, 2014 with a sneak peek of the second season premiere.[8]

Rotten Tomatoes identified the first season as having one "fresh" review by Mike Hale of The New York Times.[9][a] In his review, Hale found the differences between the protagonists and the creators more significant than their similarities. He acknowledged the duo as having "an industriousness completely alien to their fictional counterparts," while calling the protagonists' disinclined nature as perhaps either a "sly" joke about "the travails of young black men trying to earn an honest buck" or the characters' consumption of marijuana.[10] Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media cited the latter point as a probable source of concern among parents having their children watch the series. While she regarded the emptiness of the protagonists' adventures as "surprisingly amusing" in a similar vein to Seinfeld, Ashby ultimately called it "mindless entertainment", stating "there are no subtle themes nor any clever satire to be had here."[11]

Writing for Media Life Magazine, Tom Conroy felt the stoner comedy played to the series' strengths—a rarity, he felt, among comedians relying on such humor while under the influence themselves. While he dubbed the twins' humor "as lazy and aimless" as their animated counterparts at times, he concluded that "its genial vibe makes it a pleasant way to burn off a quarter hour."[12] Reviewing both the series and Golan the Insatiable, Erik Adams of The A.V. Club felt the "horizons" of Lucas Bros. were broader than that of Golan, given that its "slacker vibe so readily goes with the surreal flow."[13] Adams stated the show resembled Adventure Time if the aforementioned series' creative staff were allowed to joke about marijuana, but concluded that the series' humor invoked no more than "a moony grin".[13]

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ The season otherwise requires four other critic reviews to calculate a "Tomatometer" score as of February 25, 2015.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writer (May 13, 2013). "Animation Domination HD" (Press release). Fox Broadcasting Company. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Davidson, Phil (November 22, 2013). "Talking to the Lucas Brothers About Their New Fox ADHD Show". Splitsider. The Awl. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Staskiewicz, Keith (June 13, 2014). "We chat with 22 Jump Street breakout twins the Lucas Bros.". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Schneider, Michael (January 10, 2014). "Watch My Show: The Lucas Bros. Moving Co. '​s Keith & Kenny Lucas Answer Our Showrunner Survey". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lucas Bros. Moving Co.". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Keveney, Bill (April 17, 2014). "Fox time-shifts its Animation Domination focus". USA Today. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (October 28, 2014). "22 Jump Street Twins the Lucas Bros. Talk About New Sketch Comedy Series Friends of the People". Vulture (New York Media). Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jefferson, Whitney (October 25, 2014). "Tell Us About Yourself(ie): The Lucas Bros.". BuzzFeed. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Lucas Bros Moving Company: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hale, Mike (January 11, 2014). "Yo, What's Shaking? Not These Movers". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). p. C3. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ Ashby, Emily (December 17, 2013). "Lucas Bros. Moving Co.". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ Conroy, Tom (November 20, 2013). "Lucas Bros. Moving Co., goofballs". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Adams, Erik (November 23, 2013). "Golan and Lucas Bros. expand the ADHD empire". The A.V. Club. Onion Inc. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 

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