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A rehash of Hanna-Barbera that would make Will and Joe blush...
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
Sealab 2021, along with the shows Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, Cartoon Planet and the Brak Show (derived from the 1966 series of Space Ghost cartoons with limited animation) and Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (derived from late 1960s super hero animated series, fully animated for HB:AAL) were some of the first programs made for [adult swim] and although Cartoon Planet had a Pee-Wee's Playhouse vibe to it when it first aired, the remaining shows were aimed at adult audiences.
In this series, the crew of Sealab is put into various adult situations you wouldn't have seen in Sealab 2020.
Led by their incompetent, jerky Captain Murphy; Marco, Debbie, Stormy and Dr. Quinn are to help run Sealab, but somehow the Sealab complex blows up, because of Captain Murphy.
As this show has no "set" continuities, the following episode "automagically" repairs back to before the complex explodes.
Although they hired Erik Estrada (a rather big name in TV) as Marco, the show was stolen by Harry Goz as Captain Murphy. So much so, that if Captain Murphy had an outrageous line, there was a special type of beat dubbed by fans as the "Murphy Pause", which was intended to have awkward silence.
Being this show was created in the early days of [adult swim], this show was rated TV-14, which was the highest severity of the TV rating system for Cartoon Network, prior to [adult swim] branching off into being separated from Cartoon Network and allowing shows like Robot Chicken to push into TV-MA territory. The show does contain sexual themes, crude humor, brief (but pixilated) nudity and foul language (which a majority of the bleeped material was coming from FCC agents searching for Captain Murphy's pirate radio signal in the episode "Radio Free Sealab")
Extras include one of the two pilots presented to Cartoon Network prior to the launch of [adult swim], an alternate ending to one episode and an uncensored segment of "Radio Free Sealab" (although some may beg to differ that it was best left censored. Have not seen it yet.)
Overall, I have seen 12 of this season's 13 episodes. I have yet to see "Swimming In Oblivion" but if you're into messed up humor, I dare you to see what launched [adult swim] into a popular late night institution.