Pilot EpisodeRating: 4 likes, 1 dislikes
ABC throws us into the lives of a 3 generation spanning family filmed in a "mockumentary" style. I am not a big fan of "mockumentaries" but that's a personal preference. At least they keep the camera shaking and odd camera movement to a minimum. The style element used most is the "on the couch" interview of the characters which can be quite amusing at times.
The actors are fine but not great, it all seems a bit stiff and not very spontaneous which it should be considering the style. Ed "Married with Children" O'Neill looks like he had a few too many plastic surgeries if you ask me. Ed's much younger wife is very funny and the acting and delivery is spot on. The gay couple is refreshingly not your typical effeminate guy and his dominate partner.
The pacing is OK but some of the jokes are drawn out too long or repeated too often and become really annoying instead of funny. The writing is solid but nothing really new or unique.
I was not too impressed by the Pilot, it was amusing but for me it lacked wit and quirky characters to make it stand out. With excellent fast paced and unique shows like "The Big Bang Theory" or "Better off Ted" this one will have to pick up the pace to stand a chance.
Review posted on Thursday, September 24th 2009 at 11:52 am