Highlights from ABC's New Show that Mocks Left-Wing, PC, Environmental Family

'The Goode Family,' a new half-hour animated comedy show which spoofs the politically-correct and environmental do-good thinking of a liberal family which considers its lifestyle superior to "abstinence people" who "wear flag pins," debuted this past Wednesday night on ABC. The opening scene showed a "Support Our Troops...And Their Opponents" bumper sticker on the family's hybrid.

When the 16-year-old son who the parents adopted from Africa and presumed he'd be black, but to their surprise was a white South African, wants to start driving, the father cautions: "With greater emissions, comes greater responsibility." In another scene, the mother declares "nothing brings a mother and daughter closer together than shopping at a high-end, organic grocery store." And inside the store an intercom announcement alerts shoppers: "Check out the big board to see how you can limit the impact of your existence."

I won't give away all that's in the accompanying video in which I cobbled together a little under three minutes of what I thought were the funnier and most-damning parodies of liberal thinking.

My May 25 BiasAlert post, "New Animated Series on ABC to Lampoon Environmentalists," quoted a Wall Street Journal story:

The new animated television series 'The Goode Family' is a send-up of a clan of environmentalists who live by the words "What would Al Gore do?" Gerald and Helen Goode want nothing more than to minimize their carbon footprint. They feed their dog, Che, only veggies (much to the pet's dismay) and Mr. Goode dutifully separates sheets of toilet paper when his wife accidentally buys two-ply. And, of course, the family drives a hybrid.

I then noted:

The series, from Mike Judge who created Beavis and Butt-Head for MTV and King of the Hill for Fox, will debut Wednesday night at 9 PM EDT/PDT, 8 PM CDT/MDT. The May 22 Journal article, "Making a Mockery of Being Green - The creator of 'Beavis and Butt-Head' and 'King of the Hill' has a new target: environmentalists," observed: "Much as Mr. Judge's series King of the Hill finds humor in the dramas of a working-class Texas family, Goode lampoons a liberal Midwestern household. In Goode, the characters are often mocked for being green just to fit in with their friends and neighbors."

A new episode will air Wednesday at 9 PM EDT/PDT, 8 PM CDT/MDT, with a re-run of the premiere episode to follow a half-hour later.

- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center