I’ve only watched the pilot, not the 4 episodes most journalists have seen, but I thought the pilot was the best of the 3 comedies ABC greenlit for this season, as I have mentioned before. Do we need another relationship comedy about 6 young kids (I’m old enough now to refer to them that way) in various stages of couple-dom? Hell no. But the show is amiable, funny and likeable… at least the pilot was. So why did I like this pilot more than the other 3? In short:
a) I laughed a number of times – Most of the aforementioned relationship comedies I don’t find funny at all. I have talked about my dislike or apathy for Better With You and Perfect Couples before. I felt similarly about Mad Love. I didn’t feel those emotions watching Happy Endings.
b) I believed this group really were friends and liked each other.
c) It’s not about 6 heterosexual, white people. Well okay, 4 out of 6 are. But as I always point out here, it is way more interesting to me, as well as reflective of the real world to see people of different ethnicities and sexual orientations represented. Plus, Damon Wayans Jr. seems to have his father’s comic chops and Adam Pally plays a real gay character, not the caricature you see on many shows. He’s a guy who just happens to be gay.
d) I liked these guys. Better With You and Traffic Light’s ensembles just fill me with apathy. I actively did not like most of the characters at all on Perfect Couples. I liked this group.
So to recap, I liked the pilot. Curious to see if the rest of the episodes maintain or build on that potential.