I've watched some pretty craptastic TV in my days, but some of the shiz that's been shown on [adult swim] in recent months takes the cake. Now, that isn't to say that most of TV isn't crap, because it is (Desperate Houswives, American Idol, and more or less anything shown on network tv these days is...excepting Scrubs and The West Wing, which are probably the only shows I watch on network TV anymore). However, I've come to expect more from [adult swim]. It is what really got me hooked on anime, including my favorite series, Cowboy Bebop. It's what introduced me to shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which I still don't really understand but have grown on me. But WOW are they showing some awful stuff lately.
There are shows, like Family Guy and Futurama that are great. As a matter of fact, if I understand correctly, the great ratings Family Guy receives on [adult swim] is what made FOX pick the show back up. Good call on that, by the way, FOX, though I must admit, American Dad is a direct imitation of Family Guy (go figure, it's a series created by the same guy, Seth MacFarlane and even has the same cast of characters...well, not exactly the same, but come on, the goldfish is like Brian from FG, the alien like Stewie, etc etc) and really isn't half as amusing to me.
Then there are the shows like Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex that [adult swim] has started to show and I've found are pretty good, and the total CRAP like Sealab 2021 which is awful but I understand why it's shown (part of a legacy callback to Sealab 2020 from "back in the day").
However, the shows Super Milk-Chan and Tom Goes to the Mayor are beyond craptastic. It's shows like these that make me wonder why the hell I still watch [adult swim]. First, there's Super Milk-Chan, a show about a 5 year-old superhero named Milk whose only skills are to curse more than a sailor and make odd references to things in Japan. She's tasked by the President (a totally inept fool, much like the current CIC of the USA) to save the world. To boot, her voice is annoying as all sin and makes for a nauseating show. As near as I can tell, the President always calls Milk and asks her to do something, and she comes back and says "YOU DUMBASS!" Then her and her little robot friend go somewhere, do something, and yet again she comes around to calling people a dumbass. Oh yes, I've quite left out the part about her never paying her rent. What a f'd show.
Then there's Tom Goes to the Mayor. Again, this is another show about a leader who is obviously the stupidest person alive (see previous comment about our CIC). But the drawings are awful, the animation isn't animation so much as filmed shots of comic strip boxes, and the stories NEVER make any sense. In "Tom," the story is always the same: for some or the other reason this Tom guy decides to pay a call on the mayor, whose door "is always open." Usually Tom has an idea of some sort. Then the mayor decides he loves the idea but takes it and mutates it into something resembling a large pile of feces. Yet Tom goes along with this insane version of his idea and tries to see it through. Inevitably, Tom is always emabarrassed and the Mayor is even more vacant than GWB. To top it off, I think they've only made about 4 episodes of this drek, which THEY KEEP SHOWING. It's bad enough it's on every Thursday and Sunday (Thursday's episode is always a re-show of the previous Sunday's). But even without twice the opportunity to see each episode, I know for a fact I've seen at least 3 episodes twice.
I beg of you, Cartoon Network and [adult swim] people. REMOVE THIS ABSOLUTE CRAP from your lineup. Bring back some of the other shows. You know, with real plots, stories, and characters. They may not have all been my favorites, but ANYTHING has to be better than this shiz.