When Duncanville debuted on FOX I wrote about it. The first couple of episodes seemed promising, more promising than any FOX animated show added to the Sunday lineup in a while. Well now the first season has concluded. Apparently they decided to only make 11 episodes, perhaps not wanting to invest too much in a new show in case it turned out to be unpopular. Instead, Duncanville got a second season, and hopefully it will be longer. This is the best animated show on FOX to debut since Futurama.
The show was co-created by Amy Poehler, Mike Scully, and Julie Thacker Scully. Mike Scully wrote on The Simpsons and in fact ran the show from season nine through season 12. Granted, in the minds of many that was during the time many people felt like the show went off the rails. Admittedly, I am one of those people. Season nine is great. Season 10 is the first year where The Simpsons started to slip. Season 11 is the first season I don’t think is good. Some of that may just be the march of time, but honestly I feel like Scully’s sensibilities played into that. He let the show get really bonkers and out there. It became a lot sillier and more nonsensical. The characters become more inconsistent. Under Scully, it felt like Simpsons writers were playing in the sandbox and doing what they wanted.