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'Sit Down, Shut Up' flunks out

WHEN|WHERE Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Fox/5

REASON TO WATCH Big, big-name voice cast and A-list producer credits, too.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT First, the visuals, because they are eye-catching - animated characters against a live background, though this is not (technically) what's called a "live/action hybrid," because the background is static.

OK, enough with the technicalities. "SDSU" is about some teachers at a Florida high school who have issues - mostly relating to their sexuality. There's Larry "L" (voiced by Jason Bateman), who doesn't like to use his full name, for obvious reasons ("Littlejunk"); there's Principal Sezno (Kenan Thompson), who always says "no"; Vice Principal Stuart Proszakian (Will Forte), who's super-positive, in part because he's supercharged up on some illicit med; Ennis Hofftard (Will Arnett), the wannabe jock/English teacher; and German teacher Willard Deutschebog (Henry Winkler), who's addicted to porn.

Not enough big names? We've got more! There's Miracle Grohe (Kristin Chenoweth), the born-again science teacher; flamboyantly gay drama teacher Andrew Legustambos (Nick Kroll), and Helen Klench (Cheri Oteri), the angry librarian.

BOTTOM LINE Cut through all these names, and get to just one (well, maybe two or three): "Arrested Development's" Mitchell Hurwitz, who created this, and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, the husband/wife production team that became a hot ticket after they helped build "Two and a Half Men" into a multi-hundred-million-dollar (give or take a mill) enterprise. There's so much genuine, pure, energetic talent behind this new show (as well as so much right up there on-screen) that "Sit Down" threatens to crash and explode before our eyes.

And it does. Sure, "Sit Down" is raw, vulgar and blithely offensive, with so many triple and quadruple entendres for so many sexual acts, I lost count (though the 14-year-olds this is scripted for won't get most of them, anyway). But "Sit Down" is also servicing - that's just a simple double-entendre for you - so many big names with so much packed dialogue, much of which is delivered with crescendo force, your head will split open. So do your head a favor. Skip this, or just set the DVR for "Family Guy."

GRADE D

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