Created by former scribes for “The Simpsons,” “Mission Hill” is the fictional metropolitan neighborhood home of Andy French, an aspiring cartoonist who makes his rent working at a Waterbed World, where he is dubbed the Spartacus of slave wages. When his parents decide to leave suburbia for the Wild West of direct mail marketing in Wyoming, they leave Andy’s younger, nerdy brother Kevin in his care.
Andy, naturally, resents the crimp in his lifestyle, while Kevin relishes the idea — if not the reality — of embracing new ideas and cultures. The sheltered Kevin, who’s only other foray into the city was a visit to an allergist, is repeatedly shocked by this world filled with occult bookstores and a lesbian bakery that sells non-phallic eclairs.
“Mission Hill’s” script is easily the funniest of the new season, with dialogue — not sight gags — ringing up the lion’s share of laughs. Wallace Langham and Scott Menville, who provide the voices of Andy and Kevin, aren’t particularly distinctive or inspired, but Brian Posehn and Vicki Lewis as Andy’s roommates Jim and Posey are.
Grossly exaggerated sound effects by Joel Shryack and Norm Macleod and retina-burning colors give “Mission Hill” a distinct feel, even in the overpopulated world of TV animation. Not as pretty as “SpongeBob SquarePants” or as ugly as “South Park,” “Mission Hill” resides in its own aesthetic neighborhood where the animation is just a vehicle for clever writing.