Green Eggs and Ham





Kristin Smith

TV Series Review

Just East of Northwestville and South of Goobye, a town known as Glurfsburg might catch your eye…

Ah. The town of Glurfsburg. Home to the curmudgeonly Guy I Am, more commonly known as Guy. A lifelong inventor, Guy is sick and tired of all his inventive inventions being shot down. His latest gadget just got canned, and now his chances of making it to the big city of Meepsville to impress the wealthy investor Mr. Snerz are at a solid zero.

So, Guy does what he always does when he wants to try and beat the blues. He shoves his useless invention in his briefcase and trudges off to the local diner to order the usual: oatmush, dry, with a spoon. All he wants is to sit alone and scan the paper for easy, risk-free jobs like being a Paint Watcher or Deadbeat.

But, apparently, not even giving up on your dreams can be done in private. Not when the enthusiastic Sam I Am, or Sam for short, comes bounding in with endless positivity and cheeriness. Sam isn’t one to let Guy, or anyone for that matter, stay in the dumps.

Sam would rather befriend Guy, against his will, and chat about anything and everything. Like how green eggs and ham is the best, most amazing meal in the history of forever. According to Sam, that is.

But Guy doesn’t care about green eggs and ham. He doesn’t want to eat them here, or there or anywhere! And he certainly doesn’t want to listen to Sam gab on and on.

So, Guy grabs his briefcase and storms out of the diner. But when he gets home, he realizes he’s accidentally taken Sam’s briefcase instead of his own. He’ll have to return it, along with its questionable belongings, if he hopes to finally find some peace and quiet.

And what starts as a simple return, turns into a non-stop adventure featuring a grumpy inventor in need of some hope and an enthusiastic wanderer in search of a best friend.

Dr. Seuss in the Streaming World

Green Eggs and Ham, based on Dr. Seuss’ wildly popular book of the same name, is one of the newest editions to the Netflix library. With each episode clocking in at 30 minutes a viewing, this animated original is meant for kids, but has its eye on trying to keep adults entertained, as well.

Netflix reportedly spent $6 million dollars per episode, much of which went to the show’s bright, hand-drawn, 2-D animation and its A-list cast of voice talent, which includes Adam Devine, Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Tracy Morgan and many more. Clearly, Netflix is betting the bank on the show being a winner.

But is it a winner when it comes to content and family viewing?

The show does contain a bit of slapstick humor, a few sneaky villains called “The Bad Guys” and the occasional use of the word “stupid.”

But minus the few things that put this kid’s show at a TV-Y7 (the rung above the all-age friendly TV-Y rating), there’s still plenty of good fun to be found here, along with solid moral messages, engaging characters and, of course, the fun charm found in the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss.

Episode Reviews

Nov. 8, 2019: “Here”

A rare animal, known as the Chickeraffee, is stolen from the Glurfsburg Zoo. Guy Am I accidentally trades briefcases with Sam I Am. EB, a ten-year-old girl with an overprotective mom, longs for adventure outside of Glurfsburg.

Guy Am I says the word “stupid” a few times and is generally grouchy toward others. Guy’s invention explodes, causing his “hope to run dry.” A security guard is tossed into a pool of slapping turtles by two villains known as “The Bad Guys,” and the turtles slap him around. A family jokes about their lives being ruined. A news reporter frantically tells viewers that upcoming bad news might steal their souls.

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Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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