If you watch mainstream animation on television, then you are surely familiar with the work of H. Jon Benjamin. He’s voice actor behind the titular character in two of the most popular animated comedies of the past decade: Bob Belcher on Bob’s Burgers and Serling Archer on Archer. Fans of the cult movie Wet Hot American Summer. will remember him as the talking can of green beans. A role he would reprise in the Netflix Original Prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
What you may have missed him on was a short lived 11 episode show called Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil.
Lucy may have been the titular character, but the show was really about her father, Satan. (Voiced by H. Jon Benjamin)
H. Jon Benjamin’s Satan might have been the inspiration for the Character of Bob Belcher. He might be the devil but he acts as casual as someone flipping burgers in a diner. (In one episode Satan actually opens a chain Mexican restaurant.) Being the Devil isn’t a job that you have to take THAT seriously. The Devil is concerned about his daughter, Lucy and her budding relationship with a local DJ. He has casual plans to get a satanic worshipper into the Whitehouse, and he owns a dildo factory. He’s not THAT evil.
The DJ on the show represents a christ-like figure, possibly the second coming. The Devil wants to do his best to keep them separate but his attempts are met with the same typical father-daughter dynamic that all families struggle with.
Thwarting the Devil whenever they can are the “Special Fathers” (actually two priests and one nun) An elite group of Vatican clergy that fight the Devil and whose main goal is to prevent the birth of the anti-christ. (A child they believe Lucy is prophesied to carry) This bumbling trio adds to the overall comedy of the series and rounds out the main characters.
The Animation on the show is far from complex. It has the feel of being created on a late 90’s laptop by a first year animation student who only got into his safety school. The Rhode Island School of Design denied his application. However what the animation lacks in detail it makes up for in weirdness. When a sober person watches Lucy they feel stoned, a stoned person feels like they are trippin’, and if you’re trippin’ on Lucy then you trip that much harder…
All the episodes are available on adultswim.com I suggest smoking some of the devil’s lettuce and giving Lucy the binge watch it deserves.
(most if not all of the episodes have their own song to accompany the episode, the songs are some of the best parts. I love “let’s go paint the town red”)