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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 3, 2016
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  • Summary: The animated comedy from Mark Hentemann and ​Seth MacFarlane focuses on two families living near the US/Mexico border.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Dec 29, 2015
    100
    [A] terrific, boundary-busting comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Isaac Feldberg
    Jan 1, 2016
    70
    Bordertown, despite sometimes stooping to pick low-hanging fruit, is actually surprisingly smart and funny, an equal-opportunity offender that energetically rips into every side of the immigration debate while demonstrating enough of an absurdist streak to balance out its snark.
  3. Reviewed by: Bethonie Butler
    Jan 2, 2016
    70
    The show is off to a good start with its timely humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Dec 30, 2015
    42
    Despite having a sizable target, Bordertown sprays its pot shots all over the place.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Dec 30, 2015
    42
    MacFarlane and Hentemann already have pumped all of these wells all but dry, which leaves Bordertown with its ramped-up topicality and little else.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Dec 31, 2015
    40
    Bordertown isn't the racist, xenophobic mess you might fear ... but it suffers from exactly the sort of blurry perspective you'd expect from a show that was originally ordered over two years ago — the kind of tonal and storytelling unevenness you'd expect from a still-settling new comedy and a lack of appealing characters that makes it hard to want to return to see how the show evolves.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Bell
    Jan 4, 2016
    20
    The jokes that do take on topical issues rely on cheap stereotypes (about both Mexicans and working-class whites) rather than anything insightful. The character design makes everyone look ugly and vapid, which at least matches the dialogue that comes out of their mouths.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 8 out of 15
  1. Feb 11, 2016
    10
    Who uses this site? Does anyone actually know any critics? They're kinda annoying. Much more annoying than people who work hard to create aWho uses this site? Does anyone actually know any critics? They're kinda annoying. Much more annoying than people who work hard to create a show. It's easy to hate a show, give it a 1/10 rating, when you work at Best Buy and live with your parents. Once you actually get to the big boy leagues, and know people who work in the business, know who's lives are very much affected by working for a show, creating a show, writing a show, etc....then you tend to not be so quick to give something a 1/10. I know the feeling, I've dogged shows before, for no reason, other than it's a natural instinct when you're jealous and poor. I'll tell you who's not on this website. Successful people. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2016
    10
    Very funny show always seems to surprise me with the things they come up with. I Also live in the border and some of the things that are shownVery funny show always seems to surprise me with the things they come up with. I Also live in the border and some of the things that are shown hit very close to home. Expand
  3. May 18, 2016
    10
    I stumbled across this show while watching reruns of hotel hell on Fox Now, and I was curious to see what other shows were available.

    Eight
    I stumbled across this show while watching reruns of hotel hell on Fox Now, and I was curious to see what other shows were available.

    Eight episodes later and I am enthralled. This show is absolutely hilarious. From the old Looney Toon esque skits at the beginning of each episode, to the bumbling white family, to the respectable mexican family. I found this show to be a fun ride that I hope to see more of.
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  4. May 1, 2016
    1
    One episode is all it took for me to write off this show, and I feel I'm being generous by giving it a 1/10 rating. Although I'm not fond ofOne episode is all it took for me to write off this show, and I feel I'm being generous by giving it a 1/10 rating. Although I'm not fond of the animation style, I would have gotten over it if the show was at least funny. It's not. Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2016
    1
    I am sure someone thought this was funny and a good idea. And maybe all the racially insensitive jokes and story is meant to teach people aI am sure someone thought this was funny and a good idea. And maybe all the racially insensitive jokes and story is meant to teach people a lesson. If that's the case it doesn't work. if that's not the case, this just feels like a huge swing and a miss for 2016. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2016
    1
    I just watched the debut episode of Bordertown. It's a new Seth McFarland series on Fox.

    That's 30 minutes of my time I'll never get back.
    I just watched the debut episode of Bordertown. It's a new Seth McFarland series on Fox.

    That's 30 minutes of my time I'll never get back. Unfunny stupid characters doing unfunny stupid things. All the overused McFarland hallmarks are there, too, including the worst: A character makes a comment and then that comment plays out, literally, in an overlong break-away vignette.

    I guess American/Mexican relations across the boarder is a timely topic. But the points made are way too bone-headed to matter.

    Yuck.
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  7. Jan 23, 2016
    0
    Oh man, another Seth MacFarlane "comedy" show. Imagine every terrible aspect of his other low-quality TV shows, mix them together and somehowOh man, another Seth MacFarlane "comedy" show. Imagine every terrible aspect of his other low-quality TV shows, mix them together and somehow make them even worse than they already are, and you've got this show. Watched the first episode and it's a complete waste of time.

    I could write a long review to go into detail about how awful the art style is, how every character's writing is incredibly lazy and overdone, and how the show is incredibly unfunny, but I'm not going to. All of these negative user reviews should say enough.
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