Go On “Bench-Clearing Bawl” Review

Given its subject matter, Go On has a real opportunity to position itself as a sitcom with a great deal of heart. However, when you watch episodes like "Bench-Clearing Bawl," it appears that this show seems to have little interest in exploring these depths. It’s completely fine for a sitcom to be all about the jokes, but when you bill yourself as something more, you should attempt to deliver on that premise.

My issue with tonight’s episode was that everything was set up for Ryan King to have a truly cathartic moment involving his dead wife’s belongings sandwiched in with the show’s usual dose of oddball comedy, but the show didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. The small montage of Ryan making his collage just didn’t do enough for me. I know we have to make Lauren seem like a credible group leader, but I believe there was a more meaningful way for Ryan to deal with getting rid of Janie’s sewing machine. I don’t mind the final hockey game where Ryan announces that he’s ready to embrace the truth (and get decked by former hockey players in the process), but I didn’t feel like the proceeding 20 minutes earned that moment. I know we are watching a comedy, but plenty of comedies do a better job of earning those final comedic scenes that follow the heartfelt moment. Read More...



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