Central Park drops May 29th on Apple TV+ and is written in a way that’s reminiscent of The Simpsons in their heyday. In the first 3 minutes of the first episode, I had to pause it because I was laughing so much. Central Park is created, written and executive produced by Emmy Award winner Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers), alongside Grammy Award winner Josh Gad (Frozen) and Emmy Award winner Nora Smith (Bob’s Burgers). With the type of team behind Gad’s new project, it’s no wonder why this animated series is heads and tails above any animated show. Central Park is one of the best-animated series of 2020.
The series centers around the Tillerman’s, a family that lives in Central Park. Owen, the park manager, and Paige, his journalist wife, raise their kids Molly and Cole while fending off hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham and her long-suffering assistant Helen. Bitsy’s endgame is relatively apparent. She would love nothing more than to turn New York’s most famous park into a place with condos and fast-food joints.
The way the series is structured is fascinating as well. Josh Gad plays the narrator named Birdie, who lives in the park and reports all that is happening. The cast is undoubtedly strong. Kristen Bell and Titus Burgess voice Cole and Molly and are just so fun as they sing about their weird quirks. My favorite character is certainly Bitsy, who is voiced by Stanley Tucci. His character has a few musical numbers, which had me laughing the whole time. While the show is about saving the park, it is also a celebration of the weirdness anyone can find walking through Central Park.
Overall, Central Park is more than enough reason to subscribe to Apple TV+. If anyone in your house is looking for offbeat humor, then this certainly will fit the bill.