Paradise PD is now streaming on Netflix.
[Ed. note: Being that TV and City is on a bit of a hiatus, this article has not been edited.]
By Greg Wheeler
Created by the same people behind the outrageously crude Brickleberry, Paradise PD takes inspiration and ideas from that show without enough originality to make it anything but a copycat follow up. This identical level of crude toilet humour and shockingly explicit jokes are likely to polarise audiences between loving and hating this show. If you’re looking for something chock full of violence, blood, drugs and profanities, Paradise PD blends them all together in a shocking way but despite some original ideas with an overarching plot and twists late on, feels far too similar to Brickleberry in both style and comedic timing.
Despite the series predominantly relying on an episodic format to drive the narrative forward, Paradise PD includes a welcome addition of an overarching story throughout the series used to stitch these episodes together. Desperate to impress his Dad and become a great police officer, Kevin (David Herman) enlists at Paradise PD as a police officer and stumbles upon a drug conspiracy involving a new drug called Argyle Meth. With the help of a colourful group of officers they reprimand the people responsible but a murder in the jail cell keeps the shreds of mystery intact. After this initial episode, the series shifts its focus to the outlandish exploits of the police officers in their day to day lives through the remaining 9 episodes.
There are some clever jokes included here with an exploding Samsung robot and various cultural references to TV shows and celebrities helping to balance out the abundance of crudeness throughout. It’s here where Paradise PD will either make or break your investment in the series. Expect plenty of toilet humour including one whole episode dedicated to explicit images of assholes early on. As an original concept, Paradise PD would certainly stand out as being as shocking as Bad Mouth and Devilman: Crybaby but unlike those aforementioned shows, there’s a lack of originality or meaning for this crudeness making it more of a carbon copy of Brickleberry than it should be. The ending leaves the door open for a follow-up season but whether that will arrive or not is wholly dependent on how audiences are likely to react to this.
Even the aesthetic, despite a nice use of colour, bears an eerie resemblance to Brickleberry. The character models and animations are nigh on identical, the mannerisms along with some of the voice actors are the same and all of this only reinforces the copycat vibe that runs throughout the ten episodes. The dialogue and voice acting is generally well acted though and if there’s one thing the show excels at, it’s this.
Those looking for something a little more intelligently written or with adult humour woven through the narrative in a clever way other than pure shock will certainly be left wanting. Everything about Paradise PD radiates Brickleberry vibes; the characters and their relationships are nigh on identical right down to the talking drug-taking animal sidekick. Much like Disenchantment which dropped earlier this month, Paradise PD echoes vibes of the previous work from the creators but fails to innovate and produce enough compelling originality to make it worth investing in.
I give Paradise PD a D-.