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Moonbeam City - S01 E09

Comedy . Animation . Action

Moonbeam City is an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s. The series follows undercover detective "Dazzle Novak" (voiced by Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, "Pizzaz Miller" (Banks), won't get off his back, and hotshot rookie "Rad Cunningham" (Forte) is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, "Dazzle" is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work

Episode Title: Episode 9
Airs: 2015-11-25 at 10:30 PM
  • Ray Rahman

    A lot of it is funny, for sure, but probably not funny enough to justify what's essentially a second Archer. [11 Sep 2015, p.56]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    I rather liked it, though for its form possibly more than for its content. (Note: Subsequent episodes improve on the pilot.)

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bob Sassone

    It’s okay, but it’s an acquired taste.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Ersatz animation aside, Moonbeam City lacks a clear comedic point of view because several episodes in, its characters remain cyphers.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The show is a more-forced-than-usual exercise in pop-cultural satire, featuring character names reminiscent of “My Little Pony” (Dazzle, Pizazz, Chrysalis, Rad) and dialogue that tries so hard you can see it sweat.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Ultimately, though, the series--making its debut behind “South Park,” which features a Caitlyn Jenner-themed episode to kick off its 19th season--can’t maintain the initial burst of energy that its design and ‘80s-inspired opening titles convey, and settles for being puerile as opposed to consistently clever.

    Variety Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Moonbeam City certainly nails the aesthetics of cheapo ’80s cartoons and the cadence of bad cop dramas, but its jokes are weak and repetitive, coasting on their delivery by a voice cast full of celebrities.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Katy Waldman

    Individually and in aggregate, the gags stretch with their whole being toward silliness like plants toward the sun. Moonbeam City is an exercise in the sort of dumb--weapons-grade, analysis-resistant--it takes MENSA-levels of intellect to achieve.

    Slate Full Review