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TV Series Review

A bawdy romp through locker rooms and dorm parties, Spike's Blue Mountain State regurgitates the boozing, bonging, pill popping and sexing escapades usually reserved for Judd Apatow's R-rated movies. "We kind of come from the '80s and we love that kind of comedy—Animal House, Porky's, Meatballs," said creator Eric Falconer in a wickedlocal.com interview. "It's behind the scenes of a college football team, and every episode we wanted to do a little '80s movie."

While that may have been their goal, Falconer's assessment of he and co-writer Chris Romano's, uh, work is actually a bit lofty. If you start with the gross-out nonsense of some of those '80s comedies, double the bodily function mess and strip out any semblance of actual wit, then you're on your way down to the level of Blue Mountain State.

Listing central players and describing storylines in this case, then, is really fairly silly. Each hyper-caricatured, overflowing hormonal Petri dish of a character and every paper-thin snippet of plot is in place only so that the show can get on with titillating its randy guy audience and push cable TV boundaries. Foul language packs the dialogue. Scenes (either explicitly shown or strongly suggested) have already included team-wide orgies, oral sex-obsessed transvestites, bizarre masturbation experiments, a drug-induced vision quest, urinating in public (and during sex), a father who pimps his daughters and a communal sex toy that transmits syphilis to … pretty much everyone. That's not even mentioning the nonstop flow of booze and the tacit approval given to (and sometimes participation in) this buffoonish debauchery by every authority figure in sight.

The New York Times calls BMS "dumb even by frat-boy standards." The Boston Globe dubs it "lewd and crude." And the reviewing site screenhead.com says the series is "often juvenile, and frequently little more than a race to the bottom." I'll add this: Blue Mountain State does more than merely race to the bottom. It's digging out a new bottom in the rancid mud pits of cable TV's decaying wasteland. Or maybe I should just say, Dude, where's my remote?

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Darin Brooks as Alex Moran; Alan Ritchson as Thad Castle; Ed Marinaro as Coach Marty Daniels; Page Kennedy as Radon Randell; Frankie Shaw as Mary Jo Cacciatore; Chris Romano as Sammy Cacciatore






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Bob Hoose

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