Kath & Kim: Not a Complete Disaster

This show was hyped by NBC has hilarious and ridiculous, but hyped by just about everyone else as a "disaster in the making."


I have to say, this just made me all the more curious to check out the premiere because Molly Shannon is hysterical and I love just about everything she's done (Superstar!!), and Selma Blair is definitely a funny lady as well. So what could go wrong? Well, just as it appeared in the promos, the show is good for a few chuckles, but not as over-the-top as it should be.


In the premiere, my impression was that the idea was to make the characters ridiculous and then hilarity would ensue. But not quite. As it turns out, you can't just put funny people in funny clothes and have a genius show.


Molly Shannon's character, Kath Day, first appeared wearing a full-on 80s leotard, which throughout the episode turned into various outfits of tacky animal prints. So she plays that single mom who's looking to hook a man by staying "sexy," and of course has a disastrous daughter, Selma Blair as Kim Day, who just can't make relationships work because, hey, look at her mother!


The dynamic of Kath and Kim is decently funny, but it was pretty obvious there was a lot of potential there not getting tapped.


Otherwise, the premiere was a bunch of silly moments like Kath worrying about it being cheating on her new sandwich shop owning man to get a sandwich from a different spot in the mall where he works, then her running wildly after him when he sees her - ha. Plus, I had to laugh at other little moments like Kim's new husband begging to be forgiven, then putting his foot down and saying, "If I walk out that door, you'll never see me again," and Kim noting that it's a glass door, duh, she'll see him after he walks out. One "ha" for that.


So overall, because I expected Kath and Kim to be the total flop it was made out to be by many a preview article, I liked it more than I thought I would. But I must say it feels more like an extended Saturday Night Live skit and how long can that be funny? Maybe half a season? Maybe not even an episode? Well, though I was pleasantly surprised by the laughs of the premiere, I do think if I'd expected it to be good, I would have been quite disappointed.


If you tuned in, what did you think? Is Kath and Kim already circling the drain or does it have hope?


Photo courtesy of NBC.com

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Oct 21, 2008 9:58AM EDT

I didn't watch it. The original Kath and Kim isn't overly great, and an American version is just taking it too far. Why didn't they just show the original version?

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