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TV reviews: 'Unsupervised' unfunny, but 'Archer' still rules

And now from the "been-there, done-that" department: A couple of scrawny, virginal teens with no parental supervision dream of becoming "cooler than hell" and, of course, getting laid.

That's the concept behind FX's new animated sitcom "Unsupervised" (9:30 p.m. Thursday, FX; 1.5 stars). It should sound familiar, what with "Beavis and Butt-head" back on MTV and "Napoleon Dynamite" recently launching on Fox, not to mention just about a million movies on the subject. If "Unsupervised" creators Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby had something new to say on the subject, this "B&B"-lite might be worthy to follow the hilarious "Archer" on FX's schedule.

Alas, that didn’t happen. It’s surprising, considering that Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney, the brains behind FX’s “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” serve as co-executive producers.

Gary (voiced by Justin Long) and Joel (Hornsby), despite having lousy parents who never give them the time of day, remain eternally optimistic about their chances of scoring with any chick except their gal pal Megan (Kristen Bell). Their stoner pal Russ (Rosell) and streetwise friend Darius (Romany Malco) offer some stinging remarks, as do their Panamanian neighbor Martin (Fred Armisen) and his hot daughter, Christina (Alexa Vega). But nothing they say is particularly incisive.

Gary and Joel’s starry-eyed cheeriness and basic decency take any edge out of the show. Sure, they use terms like “porkin’” and Joel compares everything to hell but—hello!—those jokes are old as hell.

Unlike “Archer” or “Sunny” or FX’s “The League” and “Wilfred,” “Unsupervised” refuses to go for the throat. And that makes it unfunny.

'ARCHER'
If you want to try an animated sitcom that’s inspired and firing on all cylinders, try “Archer” (9 p.m. Thursday, FX; 4 stars).

“Oh, my God, you’re Burt Reynolds!” Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) squeals upon meeting the actor in the Season 3 premiere. The World’s Greatest Secret Agent (Archer says, anyway) tells Reynolds’ that he’s a huge fan and has seen all his movies “like five times,” including “‘Sam Whiskey,’ ‘Navajo Joe,’ ‘Fuzz,’ ‘Hooper,’ … obviously ‘Gator.’ I even saw ‘At Long Last Love!’”

Archer’s smitten until he learns that Burt (voiced by Reynolds) is there to meet his mother, Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), chief of the ISIS spy agency where Archer works. When Archer comes to after fainting (“It was an involuntary reaction, Mother, to seeing you all tarted up to meet my hero in a hotel bar—for sex!”), he needs Reynolds help to get away from a Cuban hit squad that has targeted him.

And we’re off and running with another season of great animation, skillful voice acting and hilariously foul-mouthed fun.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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