Season 1: The "normal" tone and delivery sets a good base for the excess, both of which work well even if it feels a little too perfectly targeted
I came to Regular Show because I had enjoyed Adventure Time and a friend who has an 11 year old boy had suggested that her son likes both shows. Despite the waves of shame washing over me that I had just been recommended viewing by someone my own age based on what her children watch, I did make a note to check it out. As such I came into the first season knowing nothing more than that I may like it; I had even assumed that, while it was probably going to appeal to adults, that it would be aimed at children too. I do not know what time slot it aired at originally, but it is pretty clear that it is aimed more at older teenagers and those who watch it as adults regardless of what network it is on.
I must admit that it took me a few episodes to settle into the show, and I think part of this was that I was expecting something more universal. Perhaps because I prejudged it in regards its audience, I then did not meet it where it was playing. As a result I thought that it was perhaps almost too targeted to its audience, almost to the point where it felt a tad manufacturing in its construct and delivery. After a few episodes I felt this less, and although I still felt a bit like it was being precisely what it needed to be and didn't waver much, it did work in doing such, and it was hard to complain.
The plot is usually that a blue jay (Mordecai) and his friend Rigby (a racoon) try to make their lives and jobs in the local park more interesting, which usually means that some very odd supernatural event will occur, which they generally accept and deal with in the same relaxed manner in which they conduct themselves. This is frequently quite funny and, although for sure it is weird for the sake of it, it does still work for what it is and it never comes across that it is hoping the audience will like it simply because of it being different and odd, but rather because it is fun and funny.
The voice work and character design is part of this. There are elements of it that I think owe a bit too much of a debt to other shows (Ren & Stimpy for example) but generally it has its own voice with its near conversational tone between the characters, regardless of what is happening. The supporting characters are again a bit too well designed and feel cynically targeted at the viewer, but still Benson, Pops, Skips, and others are all enjoyable in what they do. So, not without reservations but only minor ones, and I will look forward to catching up on the following seasons.
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