If you're apprehensive about watching this show because you're not into heavy metal music or cannabis, don't let the superficial imagery fool you; Todd & The Book of Pure Evil is not centered on either of these things, though the creators' love for heavy metal is clearly genuine. But while metal and drugs are used as motifs throughout, they are often treated in the silliest, most light-hearted manner possible, and enjoyment of the humour in no way relies upon the viewer being a headbanging pothead. You just have to laugh along with a couple of them.
At its core, this show is really very adorable, and has just as many moments of Pure Innocence that the end experience is as much cute as it is funny, awesome, and at times, creepy.
This is a story about a gang of kids who aren't perfect, or popular, or even mainstream, but when confronted by the forces of evil, all step up to fight as best they can. The results of this fight are much like you'd expect in reality, too, with the death toll in the school skyrocketing through the season; as it turns out, four teenagers may not be entirely prepared to deal with the primordial powers of Hell on their own. But then, it's the journey that's important, not the destination, right? So as the gang members fight evil and face death on a daily basis, they also grow closer as a group, and develop their identities along the way.
Contemporary television comedy simply does not get better than Todd, and you'd be hard-pressed to find equivalent entertainment value for the same price. The concept is very distinctive and fresh, while the stellar cast and intensely clever-yet-accessible writing will hook you and refuse to let go. Bonus DVD content adds further value, including not only bloopers and deleted/alternate scenes, but a look at the 2003 short film, through which the creators first established the basic faustian premise of the TV series.