Now that I’ve talked about A Goofy Movie, I may as well talk about the show it’s based on: Goof Troop. The show centers on Goofy’s life as a single father raising his 11 year old Max (the late Dana Hill) in suburbia. In the 90’s, Disney released a series of original syndicated cartoons shows that became known as the Disney Afternoon. Nearly every show in the Disney Afternoon became an immediate classic including Ducktales, Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles. While the other shows had elements of fantasy and adventure, Goof Troop was the group’s first comedy and the first to focus on suburban living. It was also clearly Disney’s attempt to cash in on the “Kids Rule” mindset that ruled kid’s movies and TV shows. As a result, it will often try a little too hard to make Max what they think 90s kids regard as cool. You know, having him ride a skateboard, try to start a rock band and come up with elaborate schemes ala Zack Morris. Of course, doing a 360 on a ramp isn’t that impressive, especially when you’ve seen another kid character surfing on freaking clouds. The most notable example of desperation is their infamous music video “Gotta Be Getting Goofy.” As a result, it comes off as a bit dated, especially when Gargoyles comes along and becomes legitimately cool without trying.
It’s when the show stops trying to be cool is when Goof Troop really takes off. Though he’s not as memorable as Gosalyn or Mabel Pine, he’s still more likeable than most child characters. With this being a cartoon, it’s easier to get away with the over the top schemes he comes up with. As with Zack Morris, his plans often go wrong, leading to more antics. My personal favorite is one where Max and his friend PJ (Rob Paulsen) create a science fiction film for a science project. Somehow, it links to other TV networks and gets mistaken for a real alien invasion. And if that wasn’t enough, Goofy does a street performance involving pantomime and tin foil. He gets mistaken for an alien and taken to NASA. And then Max somehow breaks into NASA headquarters disguised as a doctor to get Goofy out. It’s so over the top that I have to love it.
The show also recognizes the many comic opportunities putting Goofy in suburban life and it doesn’t disappoint. There are many great physical gags surrounding Goofy’s attempts to accomplish menial tasks from trying to get back in the house to painting wall paper. Its funny how trying to set up a tent leads to him flying in his own makeshift hang glider. Farmer does a great job fitting Goofy’s “awe-shucks” demeanor and fit it into modern life. He and Hill bring a lot of heart into the show with the bond between Goofy and Max. Plus, the writers understand the unspoken understanding between family members acknowledging each other’s flaws and virtues.
But the real stars of the show is their neighbors the Pete family. Head by Pete (Jim Cummings), an authoritian scheming head of the family brings on a lot of laughs with their interaction between each other and the Goofs. In episode after episode, Pete tries to one up Goofy with either a get rich quick scheme or buying the latest vehicle, which of course blows up in his face. His neurotic son makes a great Cameron to Max’s Ferris Bueller, Fearing his father while going ahead with Max’s scheme. His little sister Pistol (Nancy “Bart Simpson” Cartwright) is a hyperactive live wire. But the one who steals the show is Pete’s wife Peg. Voiced by the underrated voice actress April Winchell, Peg delivers the laughs reigning Pete in when he goes too far. It showcases Winchell’s ability to go from purring sweet nothings to roaring threats like a tiger mom. Goof Troop’s not as timeless as other Disney Afternoon show, but it’s still a joy to watch.
 Make your own Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds Reference.
 Does anyone suspect that Peg has feelings for Goofy? As Familiar Faces star CR pointed out, Peg can be seen flirting with Goofy once in a while. It led him to believe that Peg was originally supposed to be Max’s mom.