The Devil wears argyle sweaters. He likes to croon karaoke tunes, and he owns a small chain of Tequila Sally’s restaurants that offer such signature items as the “diet-rita” (a low-cal margarita) and the “A-taco-lypse” carne asada platter.
Underneath his well-honed image as evil incarnate, the Devil is more a misunderstood family man than malevolent dictator of the underworld — at least that’s how he’s played for laughs in “Lucy, Daughter of the Devil,” the latest animated addition to Adult Swim’s latenight lineup. Wickedly funny skein, which bowed this month in the 12:15 a.m. Sunday slot for a 10-episode run, hails from Loren Bouchard, the co-creator of another Adult Swim fave, “Home Movies.”
Like most of the shows on Adult Swim, the humor in “Lucy” is surreal and uninhibited by traditional standards of TV decorum, and unbound by the laws of physics as only animation can be. Even non- believers might even feel a bit, well, devilish for giggling at some of the things that “Lucy” pokes fun at. Who knew homicidal nuns, manic-depressive priests and nonsensical setups, like the Devil and Jesus engaging in a dashboard-bongo jam session while driving across the desert to get to the Burning Man festival, could be so much fun?
To Bouchard, “Lucy” is not overtly concerned with skewering sacred cows of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It’s about a father’s relationship with his feisty 21-year-old daughter, who is dating a charismatic guy dubbed DJ Jesus, much to her father’s disapproval.
“I don’t think that if you really watch the show you’ll be offended” by the treatment of the religious themes and Biblical characters, Bouchard says. “There’ll be moments here and there people might not like, but I don’t think the overall impression you get if you watch the show from the beginning is that we’re trying to offend.”
Judge for yourself in this clip: