Delocated Season 1 and 2 Review

Madman have released a whole bunch of fantastic Adult Swim series over the years and really are the Australian home of irreverent comedy. With that said, the release of Delocated Seasons 1 and 2 is a joyous occasion indeed. Delocated is a must see series for fans of Check it out with Dr Steve Brule and Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job or folks who like their comedy deadpan.

"After testifying against the Russian Mafia, "Jon" and his family are uprooted and start living undercover through the witness protection program. After existing quietly in an anonymous suburb, "Jon" accepts an offer for the family to participate in a reality show based on their lives. In order to protect their identity with television audiences - and more importantly, the Russian mob family the Mirminsky's - they wear ski masks and have their voices surgically disguised. As part of the deal, the family is relocated to a sweet loft in New York City, where the series will be filmed. Not only does "Jon" find out that the sweet loft was not as advertised, his wife "Susan" promptly concludes that the life of a ski-masked, voice-disguised reality star is not for her or their teenage son "David." Picked up for a second season by the network, "Jon" has little time to celebrate as the vicious Mirminsky family renews their efforts to destroy him and everything he holds dear" - Madman

Of course, being an Adult Swim series, comedy is the focus and Delocated has got it in spades. Imagine version of Flight of the Conchords in which Ron Burgundy wears a ski mask while whimsically watching those around him being gunned down by a failed Russian spin-off of The Sopranos. Yep, that about covers it. Series creator and star Jon Glaser has been active for many years in the US but may be reasonably unknown here in Australia. As much as I'd like to think that this may change, wearing a balaclava through the entire series probably doesn't help too much. Regardless, this longtime Conan O'Brien writer has created a hilarious series which is chock to the brim with inappropriate laughs.

If you are a fan of series like Wonder Showzen you can rest assured with the fact that production company PFFR has joined forces with Adult Swim stalwart William Street to deliver a series that deserves to sit on "best of" lists alongside Conchords, Tim and Eric and Wonder Showzen. While not quite as offensive as the latter, Delocated does manage to tip toe the line between inappropriate and offensive. I can only guess that Delocated had a successful first season as it increases from 11 minute episodes in season 1 to 22 minute episodes in season 2. If screen time is the mark of success, Delocated must be doing well with a 3rd season in the works.

It seems as though many an American comedy series, especially those set in New York, become rather gluttonous with cameos and Delocated is no different. In the very first episode we see my wife's preferred husband, Paul Rudd, make a brief appearance which is followed by a number of other lesser known comedians and actors (KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR GENERAL ZOD!). However, the absolute star of this series is Glaser who creates a character who is both lovable and loathsome at the same time. Considering that his face is predominantly covered throughout the series, Glaser does a great job of bringing life to this piss-take of the MTV Real World style of mockumentary. His catchy one liners will have you using the term "Bone Zone" in no time.

Delocated Seasons 1 and 2 are available on DVD from Madman now.


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