Tonight, Logo will premiere its animated new comedy series Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World. The series is politically incorrect, the plots are ridiculously subversive and the writing hilarious. Rick & Steve is like South Park on crack. Just gayer.
Rick & Steve was created by the delightful Q. Allan Brocka (Boy Culture) who developed his characters from into plastic action figures with movable parts. Rick and Steve are "the happiest gay couple in West Lahunga Beach" which is exactly the sort of gay-friendly alternate reality suggested by the double-entendre. Actually, they're not quite the happiest lately—their sex life is on the skids and Steve wants a threesome. "It'll make us closer!" he whines. "Our relationship deserves a threesome!"
Rick is 30 years old, nerdy, a member of Mensa (called here "Men-zuh") and Filipino-American. The self-described "insatiable bottom" cooks, cleans and handles the domestic chores while boyfriend Steve is at the gym and hanging with the boys. Steve is another stereotype, supposed to embody the ideal of Chelsea boy hotness whose magnetism is almost irresistible.
The supporting characters make the show. Best friends Chuck and Evan (voiced by Alan Cumming and Wilson Cruz) are also polar opposites: The former is an older, wheelchair-bound HIV positive former circuit boy who quite possibly is a drug dealer. On the other hand Evan is a 19 year old twink who is the personification of a young, dumb and full of ____. Kristin and Dana are also stereotypes: The first is the cute, boyish lesbian and Dana is the typical man-hater who drives a pick-up truck-up.
Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World premieres tonight at 10pm est. (The site has videos, photos and more exclusives.) It has the all the trappings of a breakout hit and is precisely the branding Logo craves to gain some much-needed traction.