Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (TV, 2008)


Bizarre but effective cartoon series from 2001. Review originally published in Death Ray 16.

FOUR STARS

Directors: Various

Creators: Michael Ouweleen, Erik Richter

Starring: Gary Cole, Stephen Colbert, Peter MacNicol, John Michael Higgins, Thomas Allen

Surreal cartoon adventures of ex-superhero lawyer.

Take a bunch of classic and not-so-classic Hanna Barbera cartoon characters and put them in a surreal courtroom setting. Intersperse it with even more surreal live action footage: That’s Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. Harvey was a superhero in the obscure Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, now he toils at the coalface of justice. Want to see Booboo arraigned on terrorist charges? Shaggy and Scooby busted for smoking pot? Fred Flintstone as a Sopranos-like crime boss? You’ve come to the right place. Spiked with satire, this is The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim at its best.

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