Ballmasterz 9009 (Adult Swim)


Ballmasterz 9009 (Adult Swim) – Premieres 9th April

Set in the dystopian future of 9009, where after the Rad War an overlord called The Great One devised The Game, a sport that would stop all future wars. The show follows the worst team in the league The Leptons, where their captain Ash is an unrelenting optimist who idolises the best player in the league, Gaz Digzy.

For the opening game to the season his team face off against Digzys Boom Boom Boys, where after destroying the Leptons Gaz realises her enjoyment of the game has gone. So she goes on a drink and drugs bender that leaves her kicked out of the sport, only for the Great One to offer her one last chance. That she has to join the Leptons and help them win one game before she can return to the major leagues.

As Adult Swim programmes go this one is almost normal, with it being like a fucked up version of a Saturday morning cartoon. Along with the hectic pace it goes along at, and the anime style to it all, it’s a surprisingly enjoyable watch.



Hot Streets (Adult Swim)


Hot Streets (Adult Swim) – Premieres 14th January

Cartoon where FBI agent Mark Branski tackles cases involving supernatural beings with his bumbling partner Donald French. Along with Donald, Branskis niece Jen along with her cowardly talking dog Chubbie also end up involved in the case, a bit like Penny and Brain in Inspector Gadget

As Adult Swim shows go this is easily one of the more intelligible ones. Though comedy wise it feels like it’s trying to fit too much into the 10 minute run time, leading to most of the jokes not hitting and feeling that the story is rushed.


Tender Touches (Adult Swim)


Tender Touches (Adult Swim) – Premieres 19th December

A 10 minute animated comedy that parodies the over dramatic storylines of daytime soap operas. It’s centred on two brothers who find themselves in a love triangle as Curtis catches Steve with his wife, and things begin to escalate at a rapid rate.

The show is tough as hell to get through, as it tries to take the bits made the The Room funny and watchable. Actors missing their cues, interrupting each others lines, and appearing to not know what’s going on. But as it tries to be so bad that it’s good, it just fails and ends up being 10 minutes of poorly executed shambolicness.

It is not an enjoyable watch.


The Jellies (Adult Swim)


The Jellies (Adult Swim) – Premieres 22nd October

Animated comedy about a family of Jellyfish and their adopted human son Cornell. In it the family are on the bring of splitting up with the father going through a midlife crisis and spending his wifes cash with reckless abandon, while Cornell tries his best in keeping the family together while he gets comes to terms with everything after finding out he’s adopted.

For a 10 minute show it feels likes it’s being padded out, and it’s really light on anything funny going on. It’s not good.


Apollo Gauntlet (Adult Swim)


Apollo Gauntlet (Adult Swim) – Starts 4th December

Cartoon about a bumbling former cop from earth who has been transported of another world where he is the owner of magical talking gauntlets. In it while delivering one liners and movie quotes, he goes about trying to save the day accidentally snatching glory from his shambolically formed plans.

It’s a decent opening though it skirts around the setup leaving it a bit confusing as to what exactly is going on at the start. It takes till almost the end of the episodes to find out that the Apollo is actually a cop from Earth, though it has enough jokes that aren’t dependant on the back story so it still works even though you might not be up to speed.


The Hindenburg Explodes (Adult Swim)


The Hindenburg Explodes (Adult Swim) – Starts 2nd December

A comedy from Rob Corddry about the passengers onboard the ill fated Hindenburg flight to the states. In it has the wright brothers trying to sabotage the flight to stop it becoming an alternative to planes,  where a time travel, a spy trying to kill Hitler who they believe is on the flight and a time travel who arrives to try and aid her.

It’s a constant stream of one liners which are more miss than hit.


The Mark Lembeck Technique (Adult Swim)


The Mark Lembeck Technique (Adult Swim) – Starts 2nd December

A dark 10 minute comedy about a therapist in the midst of a mental breakdown believing he is hosting a self help video. It flicks between a shaky VHS style informercial set up as he treats his patients, to showing what’s actually happening in real life.

It’s a decent start, especially with it being so short you get up to pace with the premise quickly and delivers a few funny moments.