Fall Comedy Snap Judgments (Plus Trailers): '$#*! My Dad Says,' 'Mike and Molly' & More
Fall Comedy Snap Judgments (Plus Trailers): '$#*! My Dad Says,' 'Mike and Molly' & More
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Summer is upon us, as are new Summer Comedies, but we're already looking ahead to fall and wondering: what new network comedies may pop up to amuse us?

We watched the trailers (you can watch them below) for four half-hour comedies that will hit your cable box in September--$#*! My Dad Says, Mike and Molly, Outsourced and Better Together--and gave our snap judgment on whether each will be a "Don't Miss" or a "Definitely Skip" show.

Here's our take. What do you think?

$#*! My Dad Says (CBS):



The Gist: William Shatner is a (hilariously) rude, homophobic curmudgeon of a dad who discovers that being rude, homophobic and curmudgeonly is driving away his grown children.

Snap Judgment:
The funniest part of the trailer is the part where the announcer literally says "Bleep!" instead of the present tense form of "Shat." The Shat himself disappoints, failing to "boldly go" anywhere near as outrageous as the trailer makes him out to be. When it was announced, creating a successful sit-com from a Twitter account that gets its humor from out-of-context, expletive-laden insults seemed impossible; this trailer proves it may very well be. 

Verdict: Skip. (And read the real Twitter account instead!)

Mike and Molly (CBS):




The Gist: Cop Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) and teacher Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy) meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, and "a whole lotta love" ensues. Food and fat jokes abound!

Snap Judgment: Your verdict on the relative value of Two and a Half Men should be a decent indicator of whether you'll be entertained or eye-rolling during this sugary, safe sit-com. Been there, done that... but: the two highly likable main actors manage to somehow make their predictable dialogue and over-abundant food jokes (like this one:) easier to swallow.

Verdict: Not quite "Don't Miss," not quite "Skip." 

Outsourced (NBC):


The Gist: A phone center manager moves to India when his company decides to outsource his entire department. There, he teaches his employees how to act, dance and offensively stereotype just like Americans!

Snap Judgment:
This is what NBC wants to substitute in for Parks and Recreation this fall? Up against the abundant creativity and respect for its viewers that Community, The Office and 30 Rock routinely show, Outsourced's focus on silly Indian names, poop and all forms of jokey xenophobia is just annoying--and annoyed is probably what a lot of viewers will be at how tone-deaf a show about outsourcing is to the fact that America is still in the depths of its worst economic depression in decades.

Verdict: Skip. (And, while you're skipping, write a letter to NBC begging for Parks & Rec back!)

Better Together (ABC):




The Gist: Two sisters (Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan) with two very different views on marriage: one just got engaged to a goofy (dumb?) guy she's known for seven weeks, while the other refuses to marry her life partner of 15 years.

Snap Judgment:
We've been suckers for Joanna Garcia since Privileged, but the idea of 22 minutes of straight "women obsessed with marriage" talk is a repellent--even for us ladies. The supporting cast and writing looks promisingly sharp for such a by-the-book sit-com, so there's hope yet if the show goes the How I Met Your Mother route, and expands its themes to more than just matrimony.

Verdict: Don't Miss-ish.
Not quite a sure thing, but keep an eye on this Modern Family lead-in.



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