TV on the Web- Moone Boy
Now that House of Cards (9 Emmy nominations! Not too shabby) and the new season of Arrested Development are successes, more and more original content is being developed exclusively for the web. Here's an attempt to mine some diamonds from the trash heap.
So, this is cheating in a way. Moone Boy, created and co-written by Nick Murphy and Chris O'Dowd, was actually developed for the Irish channel, Sky1 TV . Hulu imported it for American audiences and presumably (hopefully) will import the second and third season as well. The show focuses on Martin Moone (David Rawle) a precocious young lad from Boyle, Ireland and his imaginary friend Sean (O'Dowd).
What's it about? Think Wes Anderson meets Calvin & Hobbes. The show is charming, twee (sometimes overly so), and veers on the edge of cartoon. It reminds of the underrated, under-appreciated show The Middle. The credits give you a pretty good indication of the tone you can expect.
The relationship between Martin and Sean is sweet without being saccharine, and made me wish I had an imaginary friend. Especially one as wise and cool and Irish as Sean. Where the show really captures my attention though is the development and growth of the entire Moone clan. The more time we spend with the Belcher-esque (aka caring but unconcerned) Moone parents, the fantastically macabre and cruel-in-the-way-only siblings can be Sinéad, Trish, and Delma, the more we understand why Martin has Sean.
The town of Boyle, and Martin's primary school have more than their fair share of kooky characters as well. Parks & Rec wouldn't be the same without the denizens of Pawnee, and The Simpsons without Springfield is unthinkable. Characters (I mean that in every sense of the word) populate these mean cobblestone streets. Keep your eyes peeled for British comedians Steve Coogan and Johnny Vegas who are almost unrecognizable but utterly delightful.
What I want from Season 2: More Irish politics please! This might seem like a bizarre request, but episode 2 (A Bunch of Marys) was a hilarious look at Ma Moone as she and her friends attempt to canvass for female presidential candidate Mary Robinson. I didn't know anything about this pretty historic race, and it was cool seeing it through the eyes of 10 year old Martin, and the challenges his mother had to face. Another episode looked at the fall of the Berlin wall. It's not too early for 90's nostalgia and the show jumps on the bandwagon in a big way.
Should I watch it? YES. If you like Chris O'Dowd/ Bob's Burgers/ weird cartoon graphics