Sealab 2021 (2000-2005)
Before Archer and Frisky Dingo, there was Sealab 2021, Adam Reed's twisted and satirical remix of the short-lived Sealab 2020 toon from the '70s. Reed co-created the Adult Swim show with fellow evil genius Matt Thompson, and if you take a dive, it's not hard to spot the same types of kooky seedlings that would evolve and come to represent trademarks of the duo's later hits. Like Archer, Sealab 2021 is another workplace comedy, where the people love-hate each other; nonsequiturs, gross-out gags, and mostly vile behavior reign supreme; and running jokes abound. Thanks to the underwater sci-fi setting, it's all the more surreal. The best part is the show often uses animation from the original, just with updated dialogue, making for a bastardized time capsule that's endlessly fun to watch. It also helps that the plots are mostly nonsense and have little relationship to continuity (characters, along with the lab, are frequently blown to bits and treated like beautiful phoenixes). In other words, you don't even really have to watch this thing in order. You just need to be prepared to laugh and say, What the fuck?
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