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11 Word Reviews of 11 New Fall Comedies - 2013 Edition
written by Sam Greenspan

Here's my third annual list of 11-word reviews of new network TV shows. It's one of my favorite posts to write since it's a challenge to try to squeeze something insightful and/or funny into 11 words. Most people tell me they hate it. And so it goes.

Last year I did both comedies and dramas; this year I'm not sitting through these dramas so I'm just doing the comedies.

There are actually 14 new comedies on the five broadcast networks this year. Not included in this list are We Are Men, which was already cancelled; Enlisted, which hasn't premiered yet; and Back in the Game, which I couldn't even bring myself to watch for 22 minutes.

And, as in past years, I'm not using my signature pink highlights on the list. The entire thing would be pink, transforming the pink from special to un-special... and I certainly can't have that.

So here are 11-word reviews of 11 new fall sitcoms for 2013, ranked from worst to best. Final note: There's a BIG gap between the three shows I like and the eight shows that come before them on this list.

  1. Four famous guys, now stuck.
    Welcome to the Family (NBC) - Just another uninspired "It's like Modern Family… with a twist!" show.

  2. Dads (FOX) - Cast probably assumed quick paycheck, cancelation; now panicking, stuck after pickup.

  3. The Millers (CBS) - One day Will Arnett will find a funny post-Arrested show.

  4. The Crazy Ones (CBS) - Nonstop product placement somehow more organic than nonstop Robin Williams shtick.

  5. Mom (CBS) - Two good actresses trying their damnedest to make antique jokes land.

  6. The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) - One actress resembles my friend Kristen. That sums up my indifference.

  7. Sean Saves the World (NBC) - Andy Richter/Better Off Ted creator tries going mainstream; so-so results.


  8. Actress from Michael J. Fox vs. my friend.
    Super Fun Night (ABC) - Fat joke. Fat joke. Fat joke. Fat joke. Fat joke. Credits.

  9. Trophy Wife (ABC) - Cougar Town 2.0: Good ensemble and writing, awful title, probably doomed.

  10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) - Not an instant classic but entertainingly watchable. Like trampoline in Olympics.

  11. The Goldbergs (ABC) - Worthy Wonder Years successor; works best when not FORCING '80s references.


This post was originally published on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 11:00:00 AM under the category TV.

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