The Bottom Line
- Attempt at high brow humor in a cartoon.
- Slick production values.
- All-star cast.
- Not funny enough.
- Repetitive plots.
- All 13 episodes.
- 6 episodes with commentary.
- Series overview making-of featurette.
- "Revealed" character interview featurette.
- English and Spanish subtitles.
- 2 discs.
Guide Review - 'God, The Devil and Bob' - The Complete Series
God, The Devil and Bob was created by Matthew Carlson, the man behind Malcolm in the Middle, for NBC in 2000. At that time, networks were scrambling to find the next success on par with The Simpsons, so a slew of cartoons hit primetime.
Unfortunately, God, The Devil and Bob met with low ratings and religious activists. Both managed to get the show canceled after only four episodes.
I can't speak for the religious activists, but I may be able to shed light on those low ratings. First, it's a thoughtful premise, exploring good and evil and how man fits between the two. Maybe it was too thoughtful. South Park explores some very controversial issues, but does it with gross-out jokes and very nasty, in-your-face humor that pleases many fans.
Secondly, this show was aired on NBC, a pretty mainstream network that's out for a very generic product to please the masses. If this show had aired on, say, Bravo or even Adult Swim, it might have stood a better chance. Lower numbers on cable networks aren't nearly as scary as they are for the big guys.
Also, despite using the talents of James Garner as God, Alan Cumming as the Devil, French Stewart as Bob and Nancy Cartwright as his daughter, the show just wasn't funny enough. The dialogue wasn't clever or quick-witted. If God, The Devil and Bob had had more laughs, or given up on comedy and been more dramatic and serious, then maybe it would have found a solid audience.
Try renting it before you buy.