5 Reasons You Should Watch Eagleheart Season 3 (Starting at Midnight Tonight!)

By Tim Surette

Nov 14, 2013

A lot of the midnight madness that airs on Adult Swim tends to run together in a smoky haze, but there's one program that, along with Rob Corddry's Childrens Hospital, stands out from the rest: It's Eagleheart, a live-action action series starring living legend Chris Elliott as a U.S. Marshal who's no stranger to being blanketed in blood. If you're cool, you've already got your DVR set to record it and you know that Season 3 premieres tonight at midnight on Adult Swim. If you didn't know that, then please allow me to be your guide to coolness, with a handful of reasons why you should watch. Onward to coolness, my friends!

1. Brett Gelman is Brett and Chris Elliott is Chris

I'm not going to lie, it helps to be a Chris Elliott fan when appreciating Eagleheart. The man was the epitome of alternative comedy before there was an alternative to comedy, polishing his unique brand of lunacy on Late Show with David Letterman when old Gap Tooth was just a young buck and starring and co-writing the television series Get a Life and the film Cabin Boy, two early '90s projects that were so ahead of their time, they may as well have been released in Latin. Elliott is a living legend, and no one else in the world could play the dunce-y yet ass-kicking U.S. Marshal Chris Monsanto at the center of Eagleheart

And Brett Gleman, when he's not evangelizing the power of hip-hop or recruiting cult members to Gelmania, is weird. You likely know Gelman as weird Mr. K from the departed NBC sitcom Go On; here, he plays weird idiot sidekick Brett Mobley. Is he acting? Who knows, but he's perfect for the role. And while we're at it, I guess I should also admit my scary crush on Maria Thayer, who plays the guys' partner. It's one R and two Ts in "Surette," Maria, in case you want to get started on that restraining order.

2. Cartoon violence and lampoonish (live!) action for grown-ups

When we were kids, a cartoon mouse hammering a nail through a cartoon cat's tongue was hilllllarious. But now that we're older and society says that all we're good for are 401Ks and hemorrhoids, we're not supposed to giggle at ridiculous violence and buffoonery. Fuuuuuck that. Eagleheart is the anvil falling from the sky and the ACME box of rocket-skates and the painted cartoon tunnel on a wall for the mature crowd—and best of all it's live-action. And I'm not kidding about the action! Eagleheart exists under the pretense of a pretend series in the vein of Walker, Texas Ranger without being anything like Walker, Texas Ranger. Heck, one past episode was all about Monsanto's brutal fighting maneuver known as the Death Punch, a wallop that made his enemies explode into gooey chunks on contact. 

3. Ingenious absurdity

In tonight's season premiere, a crook uses a certain special natural power of a sea creature to facilitate a major crime, and it's BRILLIANT... in an impossible, wacky way of course. Obviously I can't spoil it for you, but here's a hint: tide pooling = a get-rich-quick scheme.

4. Season 3 will be one long serialized story

While episodes in the first two seasons were pretty much entirely standalone, Season 3—dubbed Eagleheart: Paradise Rising—will be one ongoing story instead of a bunch of 11-minute slices of insanity without consequences. This changes everything in the Eagleheart universe, which has never been afraid of killing characters or featuring cataclysmic events, only to wipe the board clean like an Etch A Sketch in Shakira's pants. Now, with some added serialization, you'll be clamoring for the next episode. 

5. It looks pretty

This is an Adult Swim show, but you wouldn't know it, because it looks great. Cinematic and stylish, Eagleheart stretches its shoestring budget to maximum effect with a balls-out shooting schedule to maximize efficiency. And it uses style to heighten the mood and the bizarre. When Chris Monsanto reflects on a tragedy, it feels bigger and more emotional than anything you'd ever expect to see on Adult Swim, and strange side stories are brought to life as if they're productions of Death of a Salesman. Chalk that up to director Jason Woliner, who brought that same sense of ambition to MTV's cult sketch show Human Giant.

Watch Eagleheart: Paradise Rising tonight at midnight at Adult Swim. That's an order!

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  • Whedonrules Nov 19, 2013

    I love 'Eagleheart' but sorry, "NTSF:SD:SUV" is just as good as it and its parent'Children's Hospital'. Maria Thayer is really very funny on this show. The fact that she could probably work in ANY current crappy network sitcom and be the funniest and best looking female in the cast yet doesn't makes me like her even more. First saw her as Jack McBryer's wife in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'. This show can accomplish more in 11 minutes than most half hours do in 23. (better writers that understand how to be FUNNY and tell a story without wasting time)

  • JT_Kirk Nov 14, 2013

    Did it magically get 78 times funnier than its previous outings? No? Then I will continue to only watch this on the rare occasion when it's on and I'm not quite tired enough to walk away but too tired to change the channel.

    Chris Elliot and Brett Gelman are funny folks but they try WAY too hard sometimes and it grates on my nerves. Also, the "joke" of making a parody of Walker Texas Ranger a decade after it'd be funny is lame and DOA, so that never works for me.

  • stiffler_17 Nov 14, 2013

    Eagleheart is amazing. Season 2's "Blues" is some of the best satire about pop music ever made. Plus.......Dean Norris.
    If you are a modern (not multi-cam sitcoms) comedy fan and not watching this, you are missing out.

  • ben45tpy Nov 14, 2013

    Sorry but Eagleheart is terrible and not funny.

  • Gerbils Nov 14, 2013

    Why is the first comment spam? I mean really?

    Anyway yeah I've been wanting to check this and children's hospital out since I accidentally saw an episode of CH and found it hilarious. So thanks on the heads up for the premiere tonight!

  • JT_Kirk Nov 14, 2013

    Now the first comment is you commenting on spam that's not there anymore. The serpent eats its tail forever! (how does the serpent rebuild its tail as it eats it, and come to think of it, how does it shit?)

    Children's Hospital and Eagleheart are not like each other, CH has a variety of visions to make it work and I think that helps. Also, what's your opinion of CH-spinoff NTSF:SD:SUV::? Eagleheart might be more a cross between CH and NTSF in that regard.

  • Gerbils Nov 14, 2013

    I clearly scared the spam away! Or it just got deleted, whatever.

    So I saw a few Eagleheart episodes today and I was pretty bored while watching. I think maybe I smiled once or twice but overall I wasn't interested. I might still watch the season 3 premiere tonight though.

    As for CH I've only seen the one episode and I didn't even know it had a spin-off with a ridiculously long title (what does that even stand for? wait I'll just look it up). I really enjoyed the episode I saw though and I've been meaning to catch up on the show.

  • JT_Kirk Nov 15, 2013

    Behold, the Spamkiller!

    Yeah, that's how I feel when I watch Eagleheart: pretty bored, maybe the occasional smirk, not terribly interested.

    CH has 2 spinoffs actually, both created originally as fake network advertisements during CH (the other one is "Newsreaders" which is coming back soon, it's a fake 60 Minutes). NTSF:SD:SUV:: (note the 2 colons at the end of that, they're intentional) is a pastiche of CSI: Miami and NCIS and those more action-centric procedurals. It stands for National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sports Utility Vehicle:: which should clue you in to how stupid it is meant to be. It stars Paul Scheer, Kate Mulgrew, June Diane Raphael, Martin Starr, Rob Riggle, the voice of Peter Serafinowicz, and its current season has Karen Gillan subbing for season 1 and 2's Rebecca Romijn.

  • Gerbils Nov 17, 2013

    Ah, sorry for the late reply. I read your comment yesterday but I couldn't reply to it immediately and then I kind of forgot about it until I remembered it today.

    I gave up on Eagleheart. I gave it a shot, it didn't hold my interest, time to move on.

    Wow, two spin-offs huh? I don't generally like the CSI/NCIS procedural type shows, but if it's a comedy maybe I will, I don't know. I'll have to set apart some time to watch CH first and then work my way out to the other shows. Thanks for the info though!