Mission Hill (1999–2002)

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The misadventures of a group of disparate roomates who live in a hip neighbourhood in a major city.

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 Jim Kuback (13 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Gus Duncz / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Andy French (13 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Kevin French / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Posey Tyler / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Wally Langford / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2002)
Herbert Siguenza ...
 Carlos Hernandez-Leibowitz (12 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Dakota / ... (12 episodes, 1999-2002)
Bill Oakley ...
 George Bang (12 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Toby Mundorf (12 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Tina / ... (10 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Utility Player (7 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Mr. Czelanski / ... (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Gwen (5 episodes, 1999-2002)
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Andy French is an aspiring cartoonist who has trouble holding a job or a girlfriend even while he rooms with two other eccentric roommates in an apartment in the Mission Hill area of the city of Cosmopolis. The fact that he has to house his obnoxiously precocious younger brother, Kevin, is no help. However, this quartet of disparate individuals manages to struggle through life's bizarre trials even as they learn to get along. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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The theme song is an instrumental version of the track, "Italian Leather Sofa" by Cake. Another version (with lyrics) can be found on the album "Fashion Nugget" also by the same band. See more »

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[Andy and Kevin are having dinner with Kevin's "girlfriend," Eunice "Weirdie" Eulmeyer"]
Andy French: Pass me the beans, Weirdie.
Kevin French: What did you say?
Andy French: [stammering] Uh... I meant "Where de beans at, Weirdie? ...uh, beans at, Weirdie? ...beans at, Weirdie? ...beans at, Weirdie? ...beans at, Weirdie?" Help me...
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Everybody Hurts
Written and Performed by R.E.M.
Episode: {"Andy vs. The Real World (The Big-Ass Viacom Lawsuit)" (2002) (ep. #1.9)}
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Underrated, smart, witty animated comedy; an anti-"Friends"
1 July 2000 | by (PA, USA) – See all my reviews

"Mission Hill" is a radically underappreciated animated TV series. It's a sharp, witty satire of modern-day teens and twentysomethings, created by former writers of "The Simpsons." If that show was the anti-"Cosby Show," than this one is the anti-"Friends." It portrays all the quirks of the youth culture for the express purpose of making fun of them. The most recent episode featured an extensive poke at "Star Wars" fans, including a convention Q&A with an Ewok guest speaker, that the fans might revere as the single most classic such reference on TV, if only they had seen it.

The central characters, supergeek Kevin and his hipper older brother Andy, form an ingeniously modernized take on the classic "odd couple" formula. A variety of supporting characters in all shapes, sizes, and colors round out the cast. Like the classic "Simpsons," the show uses emotionally involving, realistic plotlines to keep its absurdity from derailing into wackiness. The deceptively simple animation shows the subtle character expression pioneered on "The Simpsons," and the humor does more than just parody pop culture, it covers new territory with its jabs at real life youth culture.

"Mission Hill," whether it becomes a hit on TV right away, will undoubtedly see long life as a cult classic. No viewer who cares anything about television, animation, or comedy should miss it, and any network should be proud to air it.


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