Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Best Friends Forever?

By Tim Surette

Apr 04, 2012

We've already watched the pilot for Best Friends Forever, a new midseason replacement show that debuts on NBC this week. And as your BFF, we feel obligated to help you decide whether or not you should watch it. Here we go!


When does this thing air?

Best Friends Forever premieres Wednesday, April 4 at 8:30pm on NBC. It's the time slot vacated by Are You There, Chelsea?, which mercifully ended its first season last week. BFF will be sandwiched between elderly prank show Betty White's Off Their Rockers and "we can't burn this show off fast enough" Bent on a night that NBC has basically given up on.


What fine thespians appear in it?

You might remember BFF star Lennon Parham from Accidentally on Purpose, the CBS sitcom starring Jenne Elfman. But we wouldn't blame you if you didn't. Her co-star Jessica St. Clair made waves in Bridesmaids, but her TV resume is stacked with one-and-dones (Worst Week, How To Be a Gentleman, Love Bites, Sons of Tucson, Notes From the Underbelly, and on and on).


Who created it?

This show is Parnham's baby, and as far as I can tell, her first attempt at behind-the-camera work on network TV. St. Clair and Fred Savage, who directed the pilot, also serve as executive producers.


What's it about?

Best friends Jessica and Lennon live on opposite coasts, but everything changes when Jessica's husband files for divorce. Damaged and lonely, Jessica moves in with Lennon and her new live-in boyfriend Joe, and things do not go well. Joe and Jessica clash, Lennon gets caught in the middle, and what's supposed to be hilarity ensues.


What's the tone of the show?

It's a pretty safe comedy with a "buddies hanging out" vibe, minus the cool-kid factor of Happy Endings or witty banter of Cougar Town. That said, there's a vagina-waxing joke in the first minuteā€”so it isn't for puritans, but it's far from edgy. Really, most of the first 30 minutes is "women are like this and men are like that."


Who's the target audience?

Probably 50-something women pretending to be the 40-something woman who wants to be 30-something.


What's good about it?

The Jessica-Lennon and Lennon-Joe relationships seem pretty authentic, and the show is populated with colorful neighborhood characters like the sassy African-American 9-year-old girl and the deli man.


Okay. So what's bad about it then?

Pretty much everything else. The jokes fall flat and the script feels like a first draft, but the stereotypical gender wars are what really drag this thing down. The women watch Steel Magnolias and talk about clothes while the men love Braveheart and play video games, just like the "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" says. And while we should be feeling sorry for the newly divorced Jessica, her "me, me, me" attitude with regard to moving into her best friend's place is incredibly off-putting. Just because your life sucks doesn't mean you have to ruin everyone else's! HOWEVER: This pilot was filmed over a year ago, so there's been plenty of time for the writers to think about things. The show could get better in Episode 2.


I think I know the answer already, but what's the final verdict?

Don't waste your time. BFF is nothing special and likely won't be getting a second season. It's just something to take up airtime while NBC rebuilds. Don't you have dishes you could be doing instead? Or taxes! Taxes are due soon!


Is there a clip I can take a look at so I can decide for myself?

Heck, go ahead and watch the whole pilot now if you don't believe me.


What should I imbibe while watching this?

If bleach isn't an option, red wine. Lots of light-bodied red wine.

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  • KevinG87 Apr 04, 2012

    I'll watch it, but it won't be a priority on the nights when Suburgatory has a new episode.

  • ToddMurray Apr 04, 2012

    More of a single camera "dramedy" than a comedy. Definitely not a joke a minute three camera studio audience affair. The directing was good (Savage). The writing was underwhelming (obvious/unfunny jokes, "surprise" partial male nudity - twice, etc). Lennon was appealing, but Jessica was extremely annoying. Not hard to see why her character just got surreptitiously dumped (via two day saver, no less). Joe was a weak character for a lead, but then again the show's not really about him, otherwise it'd be called "Best Friends and Boyfriend Forever". There were a couple of laugh out loud moments. As in two. But that's it. Take it or leave it. It won't be around long.

  • safi_z Apr 04, 2012

    "So should I watch it or not?"

    (2/29) Awake: Tim says "YES!"

    (3/02) GCB: Lily says "In a word, yes."

    (3/15) Missing: C Killian says "Um, sure."

    (3/20) Bent: Seth says "Sure."

    (4/3) Best Friends Forever: Tim says "Don't waste your time."



    I know I always complain how you guys never tell us not to watch these shows. So Tim, I want to personally thank you for finally giving the response I thought I'd never see.

  • Mate Apr 04, 2012

    Ten seconds into it and it is already using a vagina joke. Even Are you there Chelsea waited five minutes. Heck New Girl waited 17 episodes before literal toilet humor. And those shows are bad. So if this show within the span of ten seconds is already swinging low into stale and unfunny jokes where exactly are they going to go from that. I have said it before and I will say it again. Aside from Community, Parks and Rec and Jimmy Fallon. I freaking hate NBC. Saying that and having seen at least one episode of Bent, Chelsea and Whitney. This seems pretty on par for them. I will be watching anything else.

  • pretty_sure Apr 04, 2012

    I watched it. I agree it has believable relationships, but stale jokes and unlikeable and some what generic personality traits don't make the it worth the nearly 24 minutes. It tries to be raunchy through the use of saying terms like "vagina" "butthole" and "fur shorts," but only seems generic and immature. While their are a few mildly humorous moments, there are more boring and seemingly never ending awkward moment, leaving the show unbalanced and more painful to watch than a "Whitney" marathon. I don't suggest watching.

  • hockeyrick Apr 04, 2012

    gotta be stoned to watch something like this!!! And make some drinking game out of it!!!

  • lucianoabc Apr 04, 2012

    I wouldn't watch a show called Best Friends Forever...