Gravity FallsGravity Falls is the best thing on TV at the moment. I don’t care how old you are, if you’re not watching Gravity Falls you’re missing out on some of the cleverest, most enjoyable television you can find. Disney has been on a roll on the big-screen, both with its animated blockbusters like Frozen and its Marvel properties (not to mention the upcoming Star Wars films) but its TV series are also surpassing expectations. That includes shows like the very good Star Wars Rebels.
Much to my chagrin, I didn’t start watching Gravity Falls until the second season had already begun. Then again, it didn’t take very long to burn through season one and the first half of season two. By the time I’d caught up completely, the show was on its midseason break—and one of the most painful cliffhangers I can recall watching a cartoon. We’ve watched many episodes more than once, and every single one, from the gnome-infested pilot to this past Monday’s “The Stanchurian Candidate” has been delightful.
Let me stress that word: Delightful. It’s not often that I can say this about a TV show. I really enjoy Game of Thrones but it’s hardly “delightful.” The Americans is smart political drama, but delightful it isn’t. Even some of my favorite comedies, like Parks and Recreation, while delightful at times, are often a bit…awkward.
Mystery Shack But Gravity Falls is a joy to watch every week or, well, every week that it comes out. Which isn’t every week. I’m still not entirely sure how the release schedule works, but when a new episode is on the horizon, our entire family waits with anticipation.
Gravity Falls is the brainchild of Alex Hirsch, who came up with the idea for the series in an 11-minute student short which he pitched to Disney. Lucky us, Disney bought the show and Hirsch came along with it, doing voices for a number of the characters including lovable curmudgeon Grunkle Stan and the dim but equally lovable Soos