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Son of the Beach

A juvenile spoof on "Baywatch," this lifeguard-themed comedy series is an innuendo machine intent on exploiting every racial and ethnic stereotype possible. Were it just a goof --- Tim Stack as the older out-of-shape lifeguard teamed with a trio of buff eye-candy --- it might draw a cult audience the way Stack's "Nightstand With Dick Dietrick" did. But this is too far over the top, and even fans of FX's "The X Show" will find it wearisome after a few weeks. How often can you laugh at a dog humping a woman's leg?

With:
Notch Johnson ..... Tim Stack Jamaica St. Croix ..... Leila Arcieri Anita Massengil ..... Lisa Banes B.J. Cummings ..... Jamie Bergman Chip Rommel ..... Roland Kickinger Kimberlee Clark ..... Kim Oja Cody ..... Jason Hopkins

A juvenile spoof on “Baywatch,” this lifeguard-themed comedy series is an innuendo machine intent on exploiting every racial and ethnic stereotype possible. Were it just a goof — Tim Stack as the older out-of-shape lifeguard teamed with a trio of buff eye-candy — it might draw a cult audience the way Stack’s “Nightstand With Dick Dietrick” did. But this is too far over the top, and even fans of FX’s “The X Show” will find it wearisome after a few weeks. How often can you laugh at a dog humping a woman’s leg?

Show has all the earmarks of a Howard Stern production: sex talk, sex jokes, sex puns and politically incorrect humor. And it can be funny and even clever. After the three are warned about using more sunblock, show goes into an inspired and comical Playboy-esque video sequence; one string of puns even includes a clever jab at fascism, which is about as intellectual as the show gets. Opening credits are a quality Quinn Martin Prod. takeoff.

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Debut of series, six episodes of which have been ordered, introduces Notch Johnson (Stack) as a local hero deemed the world’s greatest lifeguard. His “unit” — yes, as with Johnson’s name, there’s a penis joke lurking at every turn — consists of the naive B.J. Cummings (Jamie Bergman), Jamaica St. Croix (Leila Arcieri) from the inner city, and Aryan nation member Chip Rommel (Roland Kickinger).

Kim Oja plays Kimberlee Clark, the team’s newest member, hired as a spy by Mayor Anita Massengil (Lisa Banes), who needs dirt on the lifeguard to jump-start a run at Congress. Convoluted plot takes Johnson to an Asian massage parlor where he intends to break up a prostitution ring. In first half-hour, show beats into the ground running gags — all painfully obvious — about Cambodian food, black lingo and terminally ill children.

Production has the sheen of “Baywatch,” and all the actors perform their duties admirably and straight-faced. There’s never a knowing wink from any of these characters — they’re believable dolts.

Son of the Beach

(SERIES; FX, TUES. MARCH 14, 10:30 P.M.)

Production: Filmed in Los Angeles by Howard Stern Prods. Executive producers, Tim Stack, David Morgasen, James R. Stein, Howard Stern; producers, Scott McAvoy, Gil Wadsworth; director, George Verschoor; writers, Stack, David Morgasen, Stein; director of photography, Armand Gazarian.

Crew: Music, Willie Etra; James Verboort; casting, Greg Orson. 30 MIN.

With: Notch Johnson ..... Tim Stack Jamaica St. Croix ..... Leila Arcieri Anita Massengil ..... Lisa Banes B.J. Cummings ..... Jamie Bergman Chip Rommel ..... Roland Kickinger Kimberlee Clark ..... Kim Oja Cody ..... Jason Hopkins

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