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Dinosaurs Review

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by Casimir Harlow Aug 19, 2006

    Sit-coms about average middle-class families have always been rife on TV because of their popularity. They appeal to almost all ages because they tend to include something everybody can relate to: from the middle-aged parents having mid-life crisis's to the teenagers more interested in fashion and going out than anything else. Over the years we have seen popularity for shows like The Cosby Show, Roseanne and even the Simpsons. Dinosaurs is a family sit-com that is a little bit different: it is set in sixty million and three B.C. and centres on a family of dinosaurs. So, does it work?

    Earl Sinclair is an average every-day middle-aged dinosaur, with family. He tries to survive life's normal obstacles: getting promotion in his tree-pushing job, dealing with annoying, aggressive boss, a nagging wife, a troublesome teenage son, a daughter who wants new clothes and a baby who questions everything. All he wants is his dinner when he gets home, which is more often than not a frozen ice-cube of still-living beast. It's all what you should expect from a typical family sit-com, just with dinosaurs.

    The episodes range from vaguely funny to pretty boring, looking at having a child when you're middle-aged, dealing with your mother-in-law (you have to push dinosaurs off a cliff when they reach a certain age), teenage boys becoming men (they have to howl at the moon), young girls reaching maturity (their tails grow, alluding to the growth of breasts), doing ridiculous things - including dancing - to get your baby to sleep, dealing with issues over your child's preferences (here the carnivore/herbivore example is used to look at homosexuality) and feminism.

    The first season kicks off quite well, with the jokes fresh and the concept unusual enough to keep you entertained, but after a few episodes, the ideas start to get tiring and, by the second season, it seems as though the show has been dumbed-down even more for a younger audience. I guess that few adults would watch this anyway, but any possible interest for more mature viewers dissipates as the season progresses. Overall it is a bit of a lacklustre show, the main gimmick of which - the idea that they're all dinosaurs - wears thin in no time.