Santa Inc. is a new show on HBO Max that has been at the center of controversy ever since its release. For those unaware, it’s an adult animated series about Santa Claus and a female elf who wants to become the next Santa. Sarah Silverman voices the elf (Candy Smalls) and Seth Rogen voices Santa Claus. The show hasn’t received the best reception in terms of critical reviews or user reviews – and now, one of the show’s stars has hinted at a reason why that may be.
At the time of writing this article, Santa Inc. has a 1.1 out of 10 on IMDb and 4% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes has only posted two critic reviews, one of which is bad from Variety and one that’s good from Hollywood Reporter.
Here’s a sample of some of the user reviews (verbatim):
- The writing is cringey, the delivery of the lines is not stellar. Most of the jokes don’t really land. I breathed forcefully out of my nose at one point, but that was about it. I gave it two episodes and just couldn’t justify wasting my time any longer. It’s all very high school edge lord energy. I just can’t. Sorry.
- Watched 1 episode and that was all that I could take. Worse than sausage party. Not even funny. Just sad attempt at humor.
- Not funny in the least. Truly sad how far Seth Rogan has fallen – he’s traded humor for political messaging and it doesn’t suit him at all.
- Even cynical, bitter jokes can be ok if done right. But there is literally nothing at all good about this. Nothing.
- Awful. Just an incredibly cynical awful mess.
- I originally was excited to see this show,But there was nothing funny at all more cringe than comedy. HBO should be able to find much better talent than the writers who made this hideous, painful to watch mess.
- HO-HO-HORRIBLE. Im not offended or shocked by the crude or profane….only perhaps my comedic sensibilities. Sooooo UNFUNNY.
- Not as bad as some of the reviews suggest but not great either. 3 out of 10 is about fair. There’s too much exposition, the jokes are stolen from other shows, and I do not like the constant morality lessons. Plus the animation style is distracting, it really doesn’t work. Also, too much swearing for swearing’s sake – it’s like they tried to cover up the lack of jokes with swearing.
Seth Rogen, who also is an executive producer of the show, took to Twitter to say, “We really pissed off tens of thousands of white supremacists with our new show #SantaInc which is now available on HBOMAX!”
You can view the tweet along with some of the responses below:
Sarah Silverman also posted a tweet about the show’s response:
For those interested in watching, Santa Inc. is currently streaming on HBO Max.