Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fox's Dads - TV Review

Starring Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Mull, Peter Reigert and Brenda Song.

Where to begin with this show's problems? It's a live-in-front-of-a-studio-audience comedy, which means when the one-liners fall flat, the audience still laughs as if they didn't. That poor, poor audience.

Now I've enjoyed the work of the two dads and two sons in other work. The writing here is just so obvious; it feels like they're from recycled scripts circa 1989.  The premise is about two friends/coworkers who run a video-game company, but their single dads are interfering in their lives. Mull plays the scheming dad of Ribisi; Reigert is the grumpy dad of Green.

The one part of the show for me that worked was when the dads were alone at lunch. The check came, and both of them tried to get out of it by ignoring it and hoping the other one would pay.

Disney vet Brenda Song (Suite Life on Deck) probably felt like she'd graduated to grown-up sitcoms, but this one had her bosses get her to dress up as a Japanese schoolgirl to impress some Chinese customers coming in. Maybe next time, kid.

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