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Rick & Steve: The Complete First Season (review)

They’re the “happiest gay couple in all the world,” and they look like Lego people. This animated sitcom, from the cable network Logo — which caters to a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender audience — looks like a kiddie program from PBS, and despite the warning right on the slipcase that the show is “not for children” and the advisory that precedes each of the six episodes that this is intended only for “emotionally and legally mature adults,” there’s not much terribly sophisticated about it. Oh, there’s such nonsense as the phrase “leapin’ labias” tossed about as an exclamation and a plot arcing across the season that revolves around Rick’s fathering of a child for his lesbian friend Kirsten, but that’s mere window dressing. The attempts at humor are obvious, simplistic, and riddled with stereotypes — “dykes” hate men, gays are obsessed with physical appearance, and so on and so, tediously, on. If it’s supposed to be satire, it misses the mark, wildly. Among the bonus material is two making-of featurettes, cast interviews, and “more gay crap.”

MPAA: not rated

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