I've only watched a few clips on youtube of this show a few seconds after reading this encouraging thread. Does this show seriously have a sitcom "laugh track"? I would find out myself but I don't want my opinion of Will Arnett to be equated to a cartoon laugh machine ala "The jetsons".
I only made it about 2/3 of the way through. I mean, I've seen worse shows on television, but it's really, really "eh." The jokes are there, but they're not great, there aren't any stand-out performances that I noticed, and really, a lot of the jokes felt very tired to me. Like all the character names that are puns, or the fact that they're all stereotypes. It's really just very bland and not fresh.
It was really herkyjerky but I laughed at some stuffs. There's too much talent involved (and Cheri Oteri) for it to not end up being pretty funny. It's not like its peers in that block really raise the bar either.
Originally posted by Peter The HegemonThe Simpsons was actually pretty good last night, BTW.
I agree! It felt like classic Simpsons. Sadly, that's probably because it borrowed heavily from past plots, most notably "Bart's Friend Falls in Love" (Season 3) and "Brother's Little Helper" (Season 11).
(I realize referring to Season 11 as "classic" is pushing it a tad.)
The only comfort is the fact that American Dad started out atrocious before it found its stride and became the best show on Sunday nights. I want to see this show last a season and see if lightning can strike twice.
But I have my doubts. Yikes!
"It's worth remembering that sometimes popular things are popular for a reason. Because they're GOOD or because Will Smith is in it."
Quagmire tearing into Brian felt like a very good rant on the show for the last three years to those who think it has become too political. I did like the new black character epically him giving the Heimlich to Lois. It was a solid episode.