19. Ugly Americans
Network: Comedy Central
Stars: Matt Oberg, Kurt Metzger, Natasha Leggaro, Randy Pearlstein, Michael Leon-Wooley, Larry Murphy
One of the hardest things for a genre filmmaker to pull off is horror-comedy, a task made difficult by not knowing when to play the scares straight and when to go all-out with the laughs. Ugly Americans, Comedy Central’s animated oddity that finished its notably strong second season in September, avoids the issue of balance and chooses terror-free comedy. And that’s a good thing, since cable TV’s most under-appreciated and original cartoon, about a normal, human social worker who helps out various underachieving monsters and dates the devil’s busty daughter, habitually unites irreverent humor with pop culture send-ups and nerdy horror influences. Hysterically, at that.