Clearly wanting to cash in on the success of Adventure Time, Cartoon Network have attempted to replicate some of what made that fantasy show popular with The Regular Show. Carried over from the hit comedy is an arch sense of humour, immature characters and a commitment to surrealism in the hope of dragging in a student demographic who may one day wear T-Shirts referencing an in joke on the show. This desire to please, however, backfires totally, and every episode feels like it is straining to be hip and cool but fails to be funny or remotely appealing to kids. It’s ZANY in capital letters, totally ignoring the fact that no one uses the word zany.
Telling the story of a bird and a raccoon who work as groundskeepers, and the wacky adventures they get up to, it takes in stories such as a magical keyboard that sends people to the moon and unicorn gangs. The fact that the main characters are 23 is telling of the intended audience for the show – but in aiming for that (unlike Adventure Time’s arguably more child friendly approach) they have totally forgotten to add in any heart, so the humour rings hollow. As such, while people in the future will speak in wistful tones of watching Adventure Time as a kid, The Regular Show will be forgotten as soon as you have seen it.