Plot: Kevin is a hapless loser who just wants to impress his father Randall, who happens to be the local police chief, so he enlists with the hopes of proving himself and earning his dad’s approval. But Chief Randall knows his son is a total washout, so he assigns him to a pointless case to keep him out of the way of the real police work, though the rest of the force isn’t exactly efficient. Randall himself struggles in the wake of having his balls shot off, while his colorful band of officers includes the hyper aggressive Gina, the morbidly obese Dusty, junkie canine Bullet, scatterbrained Gerald, and an elderly officer with some serious sexual perversions. This group manages to solve a case now and then, but mostly just gets into drama with each other and various Paradise locals, who never cease to cause all kinds of problems.
Entertainment Value: Paradise PD reunites a lot of the talent behind Brickleberry, both from the production side and the voice over crew. The show has a similar tone and sense of humor, which means an over the top, no holds barred approach to comedy, with no sacred cows or off limits topics. If you’re a fan of Brickleberry, this is more of the same and you’ll feel right at home, though Paradise PD does mix things up enough to feel like its own show, to be sure. But if you don’t appreciate Brickleberry or wide open, offensive humor, this show won’t convert you, as it pushes the boundaries even more and goes for broke with the craziness. This first season offers up ten episodes and while the show is episodic in that you can drop in and out of the season, it also has more ongoing arcs than you might expect. This includes both character driven stories and relationship arcs, as well as narrative pushes, such as Kevin’s pursuit of the Argyle meth kingpin, but these aren’t in depth, complex elements. I think the humor works a lot more than it doesn’t, which is impressive given the kind of rapid fire, over the top approach taken, so Paradise PD winds up as a fun watch.
The similarities to Brickleberry go well beyond the outlandish sense of humor, as this show also has a visual design that falls in line, down to Kevin being a dead ringer for Ranger Steve. This is even referenced in Paradise PD at one point. This extends to several other characters as well, such as the bizarre rednecks that return in this show and the voice talent reprises for those roles as well. The show injects enough new visual touches to keep Paradise PD distinct, so while it looks like these stories take place in the same world as Brickleberry, it is not just a reskin. I think the animation is a little more refined and detailed this time around, but that could be my imagination, though set pieces seem more involved here. The voice cast has numerous veterans of Brickleberry as well, with Tom Kenny, David Herman, Roger Black, Waco O’Guin, and others back in prominent roles, but fresh voice actors have been brought in as well. Sarah Chalke is a highlight of Paradise PD as the wild Gina, while Cedric Yarbrough brings his restrained, but humorous style to the table. I’d recommend Paradise PD to fans of over the top animation like Brickleberry and Family Guy, as it does obliterate the limits of good taste, but is it also hilarious in most episodes.