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‘Chicago Party Aunt’ (Season 1) TV Show Review: Aggressively Average

If there’s one thing I believe most people can agree on, it’s that we don’t need another adult animated show like all the others. There was a lot of negative talk about this show before it even premiered.

I was hesitant at first, but I decided to give it a try, and I have to say, it shocked me, and oddly enough, I ended up enjoying it.

Overview

Diane (Lauren Ash) is a drunk, energetic, fun-loving party animal which would be fine if she wasn’t already middle-aged.

Something Different

Normally, shows like this spit out hundreds of jokes in the hopes that one of them will land. While it is still true here, some relationships are truly entertaining to see develop over time.

While funny, shows like Family Guy never make me care about the characters because they are constantly mocked. If a family member doesn’t care about their family why should I?

Great Representation

While I don’t believe that this show is incredibly special one thing it does better than most shows is just how they handle members of the LGBTQ+ community. Normally when a character is gay that’s it… that’s their entire character.

In Chicago Party Aunt, they do a good job with representation, and most of the time you don’t find out if a character is homosexual until two or three episodes after they’ve been introduced.

Niece & Nephew

The show’s best component is Diane’s friendship with her nephew Daniel (Rory O’Malley); they are the heart of the show. When they have scenes together and heartfelt moments I knew that this was different from your run-of-the-mill Family Guy clone.

I Wish I Was Laughing

“How long until I laugh?” I joked to myself before starting to watch the show. After a completely unfunny first episode the trend of not laughing continued. There were times when I grinned, but for the most part, that was it for the first season.

It wasn’t as if they hadn’t tried. I was never annoyed with the jokes they just didn’t often come off as too comedic.

Bland and Uninspired

If I were to show you a screenshot of this show and asked: “Do you know what show this is?” Anyone could mistake it for so many other entries in this genre. It lacks originality when it comes to the look of it all.

Unclear Relationships

Sitting through the first few episodes I became increasingly more confused. Certain characters would react like they hated our protagonist only for later everything to be fine. It feels as though the writers had to rethink how they wrote some characters halfway through the season.

It’s jarring and lessens the quality of the show. Later on, seeing the changes the writers made to make certain characters more friendly toward each other the season itself became more enjoyable after that point.

Conclusion

Chicago Party Aunt not only looks generic it is generic. However, it succeeds where many Family Guy clones fail. By not being unbearable to sit down and watch.

Instead of comedy being the best aspect it is the relationships mostly involving Diane.

I appreciate the fact that while it does look bland it actually changes up the formula and, with some fine-tuning eventually this show could turn out good.

This is the best representation for a member of the LGBTQ+ community I have seen in adult animation and hopefully, other shows will follow in their footsteps.

Honestly, I wish even half the jokes landed. While I enjoyed my time watching the season I rarely laughed and considering it’s a comedy it’s hard to praise it when it doesn’t fall in line with its genre.

At times it feels like they wanna treat Diane like an outcast only to completely change the character dynamic a few episodes later. It just seems to me that they were uncertain about how they wanted the show to go.

I would love to see Chicago Party Aunt turn into something great. It has potential, but its not there yet.

Verdict 5.5 out of 10 Stars

Now available on Netflix!

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