• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 21, 2013
  • Season #: 1
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20

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  1. Aug 10, 2013
    4
    Stupid and sometimes insulting (just not in the way the writers intended). The idea of creating a vulgar comedy centered around events that are currently happening is high schools is a good one, but it's clear that the writers lack any real understanding of the topics or how teens deal with them. It's clear from both the animation and characters that this is an attempt at making a vulgarStupid and sometimes insulting (just not in the way the writers intended). The idea of creating a vulgar comedy centered around events that are currently happening is high schools is a good one, but it's clear that the writers lack any real understanding of the topics or how teens deal with them. It's clear from both the animation and characters that this is an attempt at making a vulgar "Archie" rip-off/parody. The worst offense of this show is just how not funny it is. Rather than making jokes it focuses on trying to shock and offend. The problem with this is that it's genuinely not offensive, it's just stupid. The first episode "Bullies" is a clear example of this. Rather than actually taking a deep look at the topic while simultaneously making jokes about it like a show like "South Park" would, this show tells us that bullies are to be shown pity because they are not in control of their own actions and that we're bad people because we view what they are doing is wrong. It's stupid, unfunny, and shows a clear lack of understanding of the topic. Make no mistake "High School USA!" is a poor attempt at an animated comedy show, and really isn't worth anyone's time. Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2013
    2
    Basically, this is a badly animated and badly written spoof of Archie comics. It has parodies of the main character, like a closet gay Archie, slutty and "awkwaaaaard" Betty and Veronica, and a bully Moose. To make it (ironically?) P.C., "Veronica" is Asian, and there is a Afro-American nerd thrown in the mix. Yes, this is Highschool USA...

    Unlike the very tame and lame Archie, this
    Basically, this is a badly animated and badly written spoof of Archie comics. It has parodies of the main character, like a closet gay Archie, slutty and "awkwaaaaard" Betty and Veronica, and a bully Moose. To make it (ironically?) P.C., "Veronica" is Asian, and there is a Afro-American nerd thrown in the mix. Yes, this is Highschool USA...

    Unlike the very tame and lame Archie, this show handles many subject that are very 2013, such as bullying and homosexuality. However, this is done very crass and poorly, and it just reminds you of how GOOD a show like South Park actually is.

    Maybe the writing will improve, but I'm afraid the atrocious animation will be kept the same. It's probably done to be ironic or something like that, but it's just horribly done. Cheap is the word that springs to mind. Again, check South Park on how GOOD simple animation can be.
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  3. Aug 1, 2013
    0
    The humor isn't dark...It's dumb.

    I expected more...An Asian Veronica and African American nerd makes me bored and sad....It's just lame.
    Shark jumped on first episode. I really don't get the point of view...It seems like boring clueless people trying to be edgy. What happened to Mr. Stamapopolous?
  4. Aug 18, 2013
    0
    Utterly terrible story-line, they tried using dark humor but they just came off as being insulting rather than witty. The conflicts in the show are mediocre and the resolutions are not much better. save yourself some time and watch anything else.
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jul 19, 2013
    30
    Any way you look at it, it doesn’t quite scan--which is the point, probably. The show’s not meant to be dissected; it’s meant to be watched as the makers intended: more than half-blazed.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 19, 2013
    40
    A broad and dull spoof of the Archie gang, slides down the wall quickly.
  3. Reviewed by: Pete Ski
    Jul 19, 2013
    80
    Most viewers will recognize the South Park-like humor, critiquing the problem by critiquing the mainstream response to it. But unlike South Park, which usually offers something like “hope”(however sarcastically rendered), High School USA! is mostly just bleak.