Friday, August 31, 2018

Fri-Yay: Netflix's Disenchantment Is Messy - But Should You Stick With It?; NBC's I Feel Bad Gets Preview

It's time for another edition of Fri-Yay! That means we will take a look back on some sitcom happenings in recent days or weeks or other fun sitcomy stuff. It's a sitcom lover's paradise! Happy Fri-Yay!

Disenchantment

by Vincent

This month, Netflix dropped half of the first season of Disenchantment, a new animated from Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening. The show was highly anticipated as the first new Groening project in quite some time, and has a fairly stacked voice cast, featuring the likes of Abbi Jacobson and Eric Andre. And yet, the show didn't exactly light up the television world upon debut. It received decisively mixed reviews, with most calling it a disappointment that shows some signs of promise. These reviews generally have it right - while the show has its bright spots, it's incredibly messy and seems to have difficulties settling on a consistent tone. Because of this inconsistency, Disenchantment feels like it's sort of been brushed aside for flashier, shinier shows with better reception, despite its high pedigree. This makes sense - there's so much TV that no one has time to wait for a middling show to get better.

And yet, I can't help but think how early episodes of The Simpsons or Futurama would've faired in this environment, two shows whose earliest episodes also featured some tonal imbalances and struggles to streamline their humor. While I'd say both shows earlier episodes are superior to Disenchantment's, they were far from perfect, and it's easy to see either show getting brushed aside. However, both shows premiered during a different era of TV, when there were far less shows and it was worth sticking with a show that you thought had potential even if it wasn't quite there yet. It'd be really tough to imagine a world where too few people gave The Simpsons and Futurama a chance and neither shows wound up being able to become the incredible, groundbreaking shows they became. Am I saying Disenchantment will become as influential and great as those shows? Not necessarily, but I could see it happening - however, it'll require more people to give it a chance. There are still 10 episodes yet to premiere in Disenchantment's first season (Netflix split the show's 20-episode first season into two parts) - hopefully, those episodes will offer a glimmer into the type of show Disenchantment will be, and if they show improvement, will allow more people to give the show a fair shot


I Feel Bad

NBC will sneak preview the first two episodes of its new fall comedy I Feel Bad on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT following the season 13 finale of America's Got Talent. The series will premiere in its regular 9:30 p.m. Thursday timeslot beginning Oct. 4. Emet is the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. OK, she's not perfect. In fact, she's just figuring it out like the rest of us. Sure, she feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, or when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, or when she uses her staff to help solve personal problems. But that's OK, right? Nobody can have it all and do it perfectly. From executive producer Amy Poehler comes a modern comedy about being perfectly OK with being imperfect. The cast includes Sarayu Blue, Paul Adelstein, Madhur Jaffrey, Brian George, James Buckley, Zach Cherry and Johnny Pemberton.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, March 21

Superstore - "Blizzard" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
With a massive snowstorm beating down on St. Louis -- and an unsympathetic home office -- the Cloud 9 employees and customers get snowed in, leading to escalating tensions and infighting.

A.P. Bio - "Wednesday Morning, 8 AM" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
In the hectic 30 minutes that start every day at Whitlock, Jack tries to retrieve his massage chair from Whitlock's intriguing payroll accountant, Lynette; Durbin and Helen prepare for the morning announcements; Michelle gives a eulogy.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Therapist" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Charles brings Jake into a case when a therapist reports one of his patients missing; Holt finds out Rosa has a new girlfriend that everyone else has met; Amy believes she has accidentally received a package meant for Terry.

Will & Grace - "Conscious Coupling" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When both of their boyfriends ask to move in, Will and Grace use each other as an excuse to get out of it; a snowstorm traps Karen at the office and Jack in an elevator, where he reunites with old flame Drew and tests his commitment to monogamy.

Better Things - "Monsters in the Moonlight" (FX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Sam deals with monsters.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 18)

Thursday, March 21

  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Catch Retta on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Seinfeld) - Julia is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men) - Amber appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Andrew Rannells (Black Monday/Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends/Vinnie & Bobby) - Matt is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/Up All Night/Runing Wilde) - Will appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Courteney Cox (Cougar Town/Friends/Family Ties) - Courteney drops by E!'s Busy Tonight at 11pm.
  • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudston Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina talks about The Oath on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm and on People Now at 12pm.
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory/8 Simple Rules) - Kaley appears on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February/March)

Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season

01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
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