'Dads' review: Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi and the audience all deserve better

For its first five minutes or so, "Dads" is just a sitcom about two guys who don't get along with their fathers. It's not great -- the jokes land a little too heavily, the rhythm feels a little off. Those are all correctable problems, though.The show's four leads -- Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as best friends who run a video-game company and Peter Riegert and Martin Mull as their respective fathers -- have enough comedy chops that it's not hard to imagine them finding a groove. So do Brenda Song, who plays an employee of the game company, and Vanessa Lachey, who plays Ribisi's wife. Comedy pilots often go for big, broad jokes, the better to loudly announce themselves as laff-a-minute machines. Certainly, one would think that father-son relationships are pretty fertile ground for comedy, and as the writers get a better handle on the show, the jokes will start to flow from the...



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