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Series debut: Sit Down Shut Up

In animated, series debut, television, tv on 04/19/2009 at 12:35 pm

Series name
Sit Down Shut Up

Debuts
Sunday April 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox and Global

Regularly airs
Sundays at 8:30 ET on Fox and Global

Premise
Wacky teachers. Waaaaaaaacky teachers at Knob Haven High saying outrageous things that are equally offensive to all corners of the gender, race and political worlds. Animated.

Primary cast and crew
Will Arnett (Arrested Development) is Ennis Hofftard, English teacher.

Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) is Larry Littlejunk, gym teacher.

Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) is Miracle Grohe, science teacher.

Henry Winkler (Arrested Development — do you see a pattern here?) is Willard Deutschebog, German teacher.

Will Forte (SNL) is Stuart Proszakian, assistant principal.

Cheri Oteri (SNL) is Helen Klench, librarian.

Keenan Thompson (SNL — oh dear, another pattern?) is Sue Sezno, principal.

Nick Kroll (Worst Week, Cavemen) is Andrew LeGustambos, bisexual and possibly transgender drama teacher.

Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) is Happy, custodian.

Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development) is writer/creator exec-producer.

Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons) is writer exec-producer.

Other reviews
Major, major buzz for this show, given the cult power of Arrested Development and the quality of the cast overall. Zap2it.com’s Rick Porter says that pre-show hype is partly to blame for his not liking Sit Down Shut Up as much as he had hoped. Buy only partly. The rest Porter attributes to the unsteadiness of the first two episodes, sent to critics for preview.

The New York Times’ Ginia Bellafante agrees.

Tim Goodman over at the San Francisco Chronicle does not pussyfoot: “Don’t bother,” he says.

But what do I know anyway?
The first two episodes of Sit Down Shut Up have their moments, but they’re overwhelmed by heavy-handed and forced attempts to be outrageous and to create a cult appeal. Check out the character named (Principal Sue Sezno, teacher Willard Deutschebog). Can it settle down? How can it be so average when the cast and creators can be so brilliant?

Trailer

Official website

The main page makes it look like there’s lots of fun beyond the usual character and cast bios, making-of vids, episode viewing (empty promises to Canadian IP addresses). There is the Teacher’s Lounge and Detention Hall and teacher sketches and … well they’re all empty or mostly empty and waiting for YOU to fill them with wacky content.

— Denise Duguay

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