Ben and Kate (FOX) “Pilot” Review

The first episode of a sitcom can be a tricky thing; you don’t want it to be entirely set-up, with no indication of what the show would be week-to-week, but at the same time, you don’t want to throw the audience into the middle of things without any backstory at all. In its pilot episode (titled, aptly enough, "Pilot"), Ben and Kate manages to balance on the tightrope incredibly successfully, while at the same time, and this is most important of all, making me laugh.

The intro to the episode snips along at a breakneck pace, with a voice over introducing us to the basics (Kate’s an unlucky-in-love single mom, Ben’s an untethered manchild, Maddie’s a mildly precocious child) and giving us a pretty solid idea of the personalities of the three main characters. From there, we can move on to the meat of the episode, in which Kate’s afraid to seal the deal with a new man, and Ben schemes to crash the wedding of his one that got away. Read More... 


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