Now here is this unforeseeable artifact, "Chozen," a cartoon series about a gay white rapper, an ex-con (he was set up) living on his sister's couch at a liberal arts college.
Premiering Monday on FX, it is from people who make that network's spy-toon
As an overgrown child, rising after a fall, with a limited sense of any boundaries but his own, Chozen (Bobby Moynihan, from
His immediate concerns are sex, food, "G.I. Joe" on pay-per-view and fulfilling the rap destiny denied him by old crew mate Phantasm (Cliff "
There are weak spots. Chozen, who is emphatically but casually out, may break some stereotypes, but the writers also use more effeminate gay characters to denote silliness or to mock a politically correct attitude. (He is in a kind of relationship with a formerly heterosexual frat boy, played by
In addition, Chozen's raps (performed by series creator Grant Dekernion, formerly a writer's assistant on "Eastbound & Down") are quite ordinary; and there is a lot of that kind of humor where men deride other men's manliness, often in anatomical terms, which is just noise to me.
And yet, as with both "Eastbound" and "Archer," if you find yourself inclined to go with the flow, there are things to enjoy and even to admire. Chozen is not a role model, but he is a kind of hero, and a more fully embodied character than the foregoing might imply; the show endorses his positivity but does not deny his absurdity. As old friends and rap mates Ricky and Crisco, who are not tough at all, Michael Peña and Hannibal Buress are very funny working in the rhythms of normal humans.
If you even suspect you won't hate it, it's worth a look.
When: 10:30 p.m. Monday
Rating: TV-MA (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17)