Conner’s Critiques: The Great North

We love shows like Bob’s Burgers. Adult Animation is in it’s golden era, Now two of the Executive Producers from that series, Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin & Wendy Molyneux, have broken off to create their very own show with Minty Lewis, The Great North. If you’ve been on the fence about picking up a new series, then check out this critique to give you a breakdown of what to expect from it in it’s first season!

Like normal, this critique will be based on three categories: Story, Acting, and Overall. So let’s begin.

STORY: 8/10
The series focuses on one family, the Tobin family in the fictional small rural Alaskan community of Lone Moose. This family is incredibly quirky but wonderfully united as a family. As the series unfolds the family deals with minor issues, conflicts to their perceptions, and generally showing amazing support for one another. If you are looking for a show that will make you feel like humanity has a chance then check out this show.

It’s wholesome for a modern era without coming off as saccharine.

ACTING: 8/10
In this series the head of the family is Beef Tobin, played by Nick Offerman. While his character is very much like Ron Swanson in his rugged manly ideas and hobbies, his major difference is in his completely wholesome mentality. He would do anything for his family, and while he is a little high strung and overly rugged for some situations, they regularly play a backseat if his family needs his attention.

The children, Judy, played by Jenny Slate, Moon, played by Aparna Nancharla, Ham, played by Paul Rust, and Wolf, played by Will Forte are all quirky to the extreme. It’s the unifying factor in all the characters, whose personal preferences are all different. From art, to cooking, to nature, to movies, each child has his own interest that defines them, but at the end of the day their love for one another connects in the performance and creates a bond no matter what the wacky adventure entails.

One of the stand out characters is Wolf’s fiance, Honeybee played by Dulcé Sloan. She is an outsider, and regularly plays the foil for translation of the Alaskan world for the viewers. While she may be very different then the Tobins, she fits in due to their willingness to include and accept her as family mixed with her positive attitude and willingness to adapt to their rugged world.


This is a perfect show for today’s world. It may not be the best show, not the most engaging, but it’s a solid and lovely representation of love and togetherness that we need to remember our family could one day become if we put in the work and love. It’s also more than acceptable to watch with your family, while still being engaging for the older crowd. I’d definitely recommend 7 and up though as some of the language or innuendos get a bit obvious in some scenes.

Conner’s Final Thought(s):
The series has been picked up for not just a second season, but a third season as well. This will allow the show to explore and grow in their decisions because they know that they have the time to accomplish it. So feel safe getting committed to this show, it’ll be here for at least a couple more years, but more likely longer.

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