This is Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ second stab at a sitcom since the end of Seinfeld. I actually kind of liked the show that failed, called Watching Ellie. This show, however, is more of a Elaine character, and I think
So imagine Elaine has been married, had a kid, and gotten divorced and you’ve pretty much found Christine. She tries to lie her way out of things, but everyone sees right through it. She’s got the same mannerisms and attitude as Elaine, so this might work. Then again, I liked George’s show and it was cancelled pretty quickly.
Christine’s loser brother lives with her, but his comic relief is decent if not somewhat predictable. The writing is not exactly sharp, but certainly better than most sitcoms. That’s like saying you can tolerate Jessica compared to Ashlee. Also, the child is an OK actor, but not very good. It’s hard to find decent child actors anymore.
After 2 episodes, I’ll give it a few more tries. I actually did find myself laughing out loud as a few things, especially when Christine acts "sexy." The 2 moms who she tries to impress at her son’s new private school are an interesting addition, and an Andy Richter cameo in the second episode as "Sad Dad" was, well, brilliant.
3.5 out of 5
Bret Harrison (Grounded for Life, That 70’s Show) plays Sam, a brainy young gen-y’er who wrote his thesis on the airline industry and suddenly found himself as an executive with an airline. But he’s trying to balance this new responsibility with the party lifestyle forced on him by his roommates, including his older bum of a brother Sully (Eric Christian Olsen), college crush and med student Piper (Amanda Loncar), and bartender Lizzy (Sarah Mason).
OK, so where’s the comedy? Well, it’s in Sully’s “rules” of drinking and such. For instance, if you pass out from being drunk, you get the clippers. Therefore, Sam showed up at work the next day in a suit with a large track of hair missing from the back of his head. Also, Sully likes to occasionally steal Sam’s Scion early in the morning, forcing Sam to borrow a neighborhood girl’s pink bike to get to work.
But wait, it gets better. Sam’s boss Russ is played by Philip Baker Hall (remember Lt. Bookman from the library episode of Seinfeld plus over 100 other TV shows and movies?), who throws analogies and one-liners around so quickly that the Simpson’s would be jealous. Sam also has to fight off the advances of his colleague Meryl (Mimi Rogers) as she constantly grabs his ass and asks him to fish for things inside her clothing.
OK, so I’m a fan of
4 out of 5!
Hey, there’s more coming Friday afternoon so stayed tuned, so to speak!