Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Legit?

By Tim Surette

Jan 17, 2013

If you are a comedy on FX, chances are you are great. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Wilfred, Louie, and NOT Anger Management are all spectacular laughers that push boundaries with creativity and—dare I say—artistic flair (again, not Anger Management). The network's comedy gang welcomes a new member tonight in Legit, and I've seen the first three episodes. But is it worthy of the label "FX comedy that isn't Anger Management?" Have a seat, and we'll work through this together.

Legit! What's it about?

This is the breakout project for Australian comic Jim Jefferies (mind the extra 'e'), starring Jim as Jim, an Australian comic. Jim's a bit of a sad sack trying to make it in the "biz," and at the behest of his mother he decides to become more "legit," which presumably means less time smoking the marijuana and drinking like a parched sailor. He pals around with his buddy Steve (Dan Bakkedahl) and Steve's younger bro-han Billy (DJ Qualls), who is confined to a wheelchair with advanced MS.

When does Legit premiere?

You can see it for the fist time on Thursday, January 17 at 10:30pm on FX, right after Archer's Season 4 premiere. And an hour and a half after you don't watch Anger Management.

Who created the show?

Jim Jefferies and Peter O'Fallon, whose past credits include The Unusuals, The Riches, and Mysterious Ways.

What easily labeled demographic is Legit aimed at?

Dudes who like beer and boobs and dick jokes! In a non-gender-specific sense, mostly people who have thicker-than-average skin and who like crude humor, pretty much FX's built-in audience. However, there's a soft, nougaty center that will appeal to most human beings with feelings.

What does Legit do well?

Like Louie and Wilfred, Legit doesn't follow the sitcom mold of ten million "jokes" per page; instead, it focuses on funny sticky situations, with Jefferies' raunchy riffs on dying girlfriends, prostitutes, and disabled people spaced between bits of what might be called "lighthearted dramedy through the eyes of a politically incorrect miscreant." And it works, mostly. The series, particularly in Episodes 2 and 3, chips away at its own gruff exterior to expose a sensitive heart that pumps friendship and sunshine and that functions as the real core of the show. And DJ Qualls is kind of adorable as Billy.

What isn't so great about it?

Your mileage will vary depending on how much you appreciate masturbation humor; to a sophisticated aristocrat like myself, it doesn't get very far because the show relies too much on jokes for 13-year-old boys. Jefferies is an acquired taste, so his unenergetic delivery—which is Marmite-crusted mumble—won't slap you awake. And if prefer your television to feature beautiful people doing beautiful things, bad news: These people are normal-looking at best (but that's actually a good thing in this show about the little joys of life).

So should I watch Legit or not?

Like most projects with a different feel, Legit is one of those shows that will be loved by some and hated by others. So I'd say yeah, watch it, but give it a few tries before dismissing it completely. The pilot is the worst of the three episodes I saw, and things improved with each episode that followed. It's not as good as Louie (nothing is), and it's not as delightfully bizarre as Wilfred, but it's show that has the potential to be very, very good.

Can I see a trailer?

Here you go, at your service!

What drink should I pair with Legit?

Cheap beer and a clean bong. But do NOT drink anything out of a plastic bottle that looks and feels like apple juice warmed to 98.6 degrees (that joke will make sense in a few weeks, but it might still be unfunny).

Legit debuts Thursday, January 17 at 10:30pm on FX.

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  • Dzttanzio Jun 25, 2013

    Legit is the deal... pretty great!

  • tv_gonzo Jan 18, 2013

    You forgot "The League" in the list of great FX comedies. An oversight i presume.

  • jessicapitman Jan 17, 2013

    Watching Legit just because of DJ Qualls

  • bkyle2429 Jan 17, 2013

    big pass on legit, all the comedies on FX are overrated IMO!!!

  • saxyroro Jan 17, 2013

    Jefferies has always been pretty funny on Mohr Stories and he's Aussie, so I'm in.

  • katikool Jan 17, 2013

    Lemme guess, apple juice=pee? Har har.

    I'm not motivated enough to DVR it, but if I leave the TV on after Archer (!!!!! :D) I might watch it.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 17, 2013

    You had me with DJ Qualls, and lost me with playing a character with advanced MS.

    Tim, I'm always not watching Anger Management.

    I think I'm giving Legit a pass, the promos haven't spoken to me and your suggestion here has a lot of outs.

  • torque_smacky Jan 17, 2013

    Do they make anything anymore where all the jokes AREN'T crude, lazy and gross? Tell me so I have something funny to watch.

  • bicelis Jan 17, 2013

    I might give it a go. I like something different :)

  • smorbie Jan 17, 2013

    Thanks. I'll skip this one. I'm an adult and no longer laugh at jokes aimed toward 12 year olds.

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