Better With You

November 10, 2010

I gave this show a chance, but could hardly make it through the pilot.  Granted, I have always held the rule to not judge a show by its pilot, but this season, I’m making exceptions!  With my first child on the way, I’m trying to be extra particular about what shows I watch so getting through them doesn’t take away my whole evening.  So although I really do like Joanna Garcia, I just couldn’t justify spending 30 minutes a week watching.  It’s ratings are pretty high, though I suspect it’s due to being sandwiched between The Middle and Modern Family.

If you’re watching, has Better With You improved since it’s pilot?

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Running Wilde

November 9, 2010

I was so excited for this show to start, being a huge Arrested Development fan, and of GOB’s in particular.  And the pilot actually had me laughing out loud, which I find to be quite rare, especially with pilots.  But I’m afraid the show has yet to find it’s groove, and it may be running out of time.  Ratings are low and the past couple weeks it hasn’t even been on!

I will admit that on the last episode, I had more fun trying to find AD references (“Com’on!”) than really watching the episode.  Although the character of Fa’ad has me laughing every time he’s on screen!

Let’s hope the network decides to give this show its “back 9” and it can finally find its groove, because I really think it has huge potential.

HIMYM Season Premiere

September 21, 2010

So… after many weeks of hearing about how this season would start with a wedding and most of us assuming it was Ted’s, we find out that it was not Ted’s!  He was just the best man, so that begs the question, whose wedding was it?  I can only think of two possibilities: Barney and Ted’s dad.  What do you think?

Anyone else think of JD from Scrubs with any mention of the appletini?  Apparently I am not the only one.  Read Slate’s Brow Beat blog for their HIMYM Shame Index.  I found this week’s particularly humorous.

They ask the following question:

A question for Shame Index readers: How do we feel about Don? The Index was skeptical from the start, but confesses that Don comported himself well last night. Almost too well—remember how buffoonish he was when we first met him? All of a sudden, he seems so … pants-wearing.

And while I was about to leave a comment with my answer, I realized I would have to login to do so.  Too much work to make a login for yet another website!  So I will leave my comment right here in this post, instead:

I really like Don and wouldn’t mind seeing Robin end up with him permanently.  But yes, he’s a totally different character than he was at first.  In fact, I like to pretend that first part never happened.  It was silly and I don’t believe he would change that drastically in such a short time.  That should be in the Shame Index!  Shame on the writers for not thinking ahead, especially in a show all about the flashback!  We (the audience) notice that type of thing, appreciate when it’s done well (hello, Arrested Development fans!), and grimace when it’s done poorly.

There was a time in the early episodes when I had completely decided to give up on Cougar Town.  But I cannot give up on any show until the end of the season.  Then there is the inevitable cliff-hanger, which usually brings me back for the next season!  In fact, I can’t think of many shows that I started watching from the beginning and then just stopped (especially mid-season!).  But Cougar Town may be the first.

Like the title of this post says, I’m still undecided.  In the beginning, it was pretty bad.  Then it sort of found itself and became more of an ensemble-type show.  That was a good move, because a show about an woman in her forties dating younger men was not going to make it.  But I still can’t get on board with the characters.  And are there really people out there like Jules?  If there are, clearly I do not know any of them, nor do I want to because they are annoying!

I may have a bias in this case, because I want Courtney Cox to be the lovable neurotic I knew on Friends.  But she is not!  She’s just a self-absorbed, wino in her forties.  She seems to love her friends and family, but not enough to take the spotlight off herself once in a while.  So am I committed to watch a whole further season about such a woman, even if there are more characters other than just her?

Here are the pros of the show (why I would keep watching):

  • It’s moderately funny.
  • Sometimes I like Ellie’s character (but really don’t buy her as a new mom)
  • Travis is OK; good foil for his crazy parents
  • I don’t like not watching sitcoms that everybody is talking about

Cons (why I might drop it):

  • It’s pretty stupid most of the time.
  • Jules
  • Laurie
  • Grayson (womanizer who falls for Jules enough to change his ways?  Again, don’t buy it.)
  • Andy
  • Bobby

What are your reasons for watching (or not watching) this show?  Help me to decide whether or not to continue with it.

The Middle (vs. Hank)

April 16, 2010

Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer both left very popular shows earlier this decade (RIP Frasier 2004 and Everybody Loves Raymond in 2005) and have since moved on to other projects.  They starred together in the failed sitcom Back to You, and both tried again with new sitcoms in the fall of 2009 on ABC.  Kelsey Grammer, unfortunately, starred in Hank, yet another failed sitcom.  But Patricia Heaton got it right with The Middle.  And if you watched both of these shows from the start, you probably saw it coming.

Both shows were about a rather down-on-their-luck family.  But The Middle had the perfect blend of good writing and chemistry among its characters (and you just can’t write good chemistry).  I just never felt that with the characters on Hank.

My husband says The  Middle is just another Everybody Loves Raymond, complete with Patricia Heaton yelling all the time.  And yes, she is a mother, she does get frustrated, but that’s where the similarities end.  And The Middle has something that Everybody Loves Raymond did not: hilarious children.  Axl never wearing a shirt, Sue failing at everything, Brick whispering under his breath, put it all together for some great comedy!  My husband even has to admit that Brick is pretty funny… funny.  (That last part was supposed to be a whisper, but I guess it doesn’t really come out in writing.)

So if you’re not watching The Middle, start watching it!  Congratulations to Patricia Heaton for getting it right again!  And don’t feel too badly for Kelsey Grammer.  In two days (April 18), he’ll be making his Broadway musical debut in La Cage aux Folles.