Why a sunglasses-wearing, dinosaur-riding, birthday-cake-eating, zombie-killing cop (voiced, in an inspired bit of casting, by an uncredited Nick Offerman from "Parks and Recreation")? The obvious response would be, "Hey, why the hell not?"
The martini-dry writing is full of knowing genre winks, such as when marauding zombies turn tail and run, leaving a puzzled Axe Cop to deadpan, "Zombies always fight me till I chop off their heads."
If "Axe Cop" is disarmingly (or perhaps more accurately, beheadingly) funny, "High School USA!" flunks its admission test -- an exercise in tiresome naughtiness for its own sake. Designed to resemble Archie comics, the show focuses on a group of high school kids led by Marsh ("Mad Men's" Vincent Kartheiser), his gal pal Cassandra (Mandy Moore), dimwitted bully Brad (T.J. Miller) and the egg-headed (not to be confused with Jugheaded) Blackstein (Nathan Barnatt).
The girls make out, there's an "It gets better after high school" dance, and the politically correct school labels Brad a bully, which of course makes him want to punch people and things. All told, the gags are as indistinguishable from a dozen other cable or Web shows as the generic look is.
Presenting two cartoons within a half-hour (running about 10Â½ minutes each, sans commercials), "ADHD" is really aimed at the ADD crowd; still, capitalizing on the old "Mad TV" berth is a logical way for Fox to try to inexpensively seed new animated concepts -- as opposed to just asking Seth MacFarlane to keep churning out titles -- and it's tailor-made for cross-pollination with the Web.
Besides, in TV terms, batting .500 out of the gate actually isn't so bad. Especially if you're wielding an axe.
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