TV Review: Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Is an Intriguing Balance of Sweetness and Sleaze

Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC, 9:30/8:30 central) is a trifle, but it's intriguing for how it balances sweetness and sleaze. Its mismatched-roommates premise is an ancient TV trope, but like Two Broke Girls, and definitely unlike the sweet/kooky New Girl, the show has a wicked, at times vile undertow, and that keeps it watchable even though a lot of it is tiresome. Creator Nahnatchka Khan — who also penned the pilot episode — used to write for Seth MacFarlane’s American Dad, and the show’s structure owes a lot to the ten-sight-gags-a-minute style perfected by McFarlane’s animated sitcoms (and The Simpsons before them).

Dreama Walker (what a name!) plays June, a literally wide-eyed innocent who arrives in New York City from small-town Indiana, only to discover that the mortgage firm job she had lined up has disappeared thanks to the company’s involvement in a Bernie Madoff–like financial scandal, and the immense company apartment she was supposed to inhabit has been taken away, too. Left on the street with her furniture, she sinks her first month’s, last month’s, and deposit into sharing a flat with the "B" in question, Chloe (Krysten Ritter of Breaking Bad). Read More...


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May 14, 2012 6:43PM EDT

So Chloe having sex with June's fiancé on top of her birthday cake in order to show her that he's a cheater is the nicest thing anybody's ever done for June? Hahaha that's all it took for me to be sold on this ridiculously hilarious/raunchy/absurd show. Extra kudos for having the song "Infinity Guitars" by Seigh Bells playing in the background the whole time.

Also, James Van Der Beek as a fictionalized version of himself is about the funniest thing since Neal Patrick Harris in the Harold and Kumar movies (well, at least #1 and #3)

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