At its best, this is perhaps the definitive deconstruction of decades worth of TV clichés about marriage. Both humor and drama on Married typically remain low-key, creating a sense of realism that few other shows would even try to attempt. The blend of subtlety, cynicism and earnestness is enlivened by a great cast, most notably a stunning Judy Greer.
Simply outrageous! As straightforward as the "awfully bad cops mockumentary" concept might seem, Reno 911! isn't afraid to delve into the absurd. This pays off in terms of laughs, just as the actors' will to improvise. In combination these two elements produce unbelievably hilarious scenarios. And while the characters might seem plain stereotypes at first glance, the show gets even better the more you get to know them.
The setting is far from original, but the characters bounce off each other pretty well. Well, except for Carol, the mother who I knew just from the premise would be annoying, and her overbearingness makes Carol's presence hard to stomach indeed. It doesn't help that the show became increasingly more silly over time on top of that. Too bad, because I really enjoy Briga Heelan's comedic chops as Katie... until the mother shows up.
Some episodes are coherent, funny and informative glances at important segments of the modern consumer world, others are stitched together like a bad listicle and beat dead horses with their supposed reveals. A great concept, but can be pretty hit-and-miss.
Utter tastelessness served nonchalantly and with such ruthless precision, it at times crosses the line twice to seem exquisite and artful again. If you can bear to watch this show it's almost certain you will enjoy it - but that's a big "if." The first season was very uneven, but the more the reality tv elements were abandoned over the next two seasons, the more consistent it became as a show.
The definition of a feel-good hang-out comedy. Luckily, the titular "middle aged woman chases young guys" theme was abandoned after about six episodes and the creators were unafraid to just work with what they had from there. And that was an infectious set of characters picking on each other in a way that isn't just hilarious, but in the end usually has a message about love and friendship.
At its best the show's character based rapid-fire comedy provokes laughs and cheers at a frequency that's hard to beat. After a fantastic second season however, the formula seemed to be getting progressively thinner and the comedy broader and more repetitive. Seeing this, ABC's decision to abandon the show seemed like a wise one, as after the third season Cougar Town was merely going through the motions and losing a lot of its fun and spirit.
A show that took a lot of time - at least one season - to find its rhythm, and once it had done that, the storylines seemed to be getting thinner and overly fixated on relationships. Apart from that, the comedy got stale and just making it more raunchy didn't help. In places the drama also took over too much. I kept watching for a long time because I thought with these great actors Episodes had potential, but the characters, like almost anything about this show, just don't seem funny enough.
This show has by now at least tripled up on its nostalgia factor: As a series that looks back on life as a teen in the late 60s/early 70s it was inherently nostalgic in the first place, and it has always had the extra nostalgia level of tempting viewers to look back at their own life. And by now it will inevitably make most people nostalgic about the time they first saw The Wonder Years.
The series' tendency to be a relentless tearjerker is somewhat mitigated however, through a decent dose of realism, ironic commentary, and a critical eye on its characters as well as the historical context. That is, until the end of almost every single episode, when the narrator can't seem to help but drive home the sentimentality.