Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Ben and Kate?

Fellow TV watchers, we've already screened the pilot of Ben and Kate, the new Fox sitcom centered on a struggling single mom and her ne'er-do-well older brother. So is it worth your time? Here's a quick guide to help you figure out whether it's your kind of show.


What is Ben and Kate?

Ben and Kate is a semi-autobiographical, half-hour, single-camera sitcom written by Dana Fox about her unconventional relationship with her troublemaking older brother. Kate (Dakota Johnson) works at a local bar struggling to pay the bills for her young daughter while irresponsible older bro Ben (Nat Faxon, screenwriter of The Descendants) moves in and both creates and haphazardly solves various problems.


When does it premiere?

Ben and Kate debuts Tuesday, September 25 at 8:30pm on Fox.


Who's behind it?

Creator Dana Fox gained most of her TV experience as a producer on New Girl, but has worked as a screenwriter on the feature films Couples Retreat and What Happens in Vegas. Producer Peter Chernin used to be the big bossman of Fox, and currently produces Touch, New Girl, Breakout Kings, and the next Planet of the Apes movie.


Who's the target audience?

Ben and Kate was seemingly grown in a petri dish to appeal the same people who enjoy New Girl.


What's good about it?

The cast is sharp and talented (particularly Kate's British co-worker BJ, played by Lucy Punch), and the vibe is positive and heartfelt without getting too annoying. Kate's 5-year-old daughter is pretty darn cute also.


Are there any not-good parts I should know about?

So far Ben's very difficult to like; his irresponsible ways verge on Rain Man-esque mental problems. Ben's best friend Tommy (Echo Kellum) is a non-presence. And at least in the pilot, the story is incredibly predictable. All three of these problems could be easily fixed in future episodes.


Okay, but seriously, should I watch it?

Why not? It's likable. And seriously, Lucy Punch alone is worth the price of admission. Superstar in the making.


Do you have a clip or a trailer I can take a look at?

Here's BJ (Punch) giving Kate some VERY useful tips on sexiness:


Drink of choice for my Ben and Kate viewing experience?

Cheap beer: Nothing fancy, but it does the trick.


Ben and Kate debuts Tuesday, September 25 at 8:30pm on Fox.

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I'm not sure about this show. This picture of this show does not have enough strong reality to watch and the title seems kind of awkward. "New Girl" is way better and it will last longer than this show.
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As a fan of "New Girl", I don't like shows with kids in them, so I won't watch this one. Enough with the "family" sitcom. It's why I liked Cheers, Seinfeld & Frasier so much. And I'll take an import over cheap domestic beer every time.
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I really didn't like the pilot but I won't write it off until I've seen a few episodes.
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I enjoyed the pilot.
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"Why not," Price? Because it looks like nails on a chalkboard in every promo Fox has put forth. Not just the acting, but the production values, the camera work, the music, the casting, just everything seems geared to drive me away.

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I despised ben the character and the actor who played him so much that I don't want to watch the next episode. It is by no means a new 'new girl' Lucy Punch however is brilliant
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I saw the Pilot, and I actually really, really liked it. Out of all the comedy pilots so far, this is the one that had me laughing the most. I'm in!
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It gets a 4 episode watching from me. It wasn't bad. It has a lot to make up. But I agree Lucy Punch is worth the price of admission. If this show fails someone give her a show of her own.
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I wasn't planning on it, but I think I may now give it a shot. I have my doubts about liking it though...
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Anyone else remember Punch as one of the wicked stepsisters in Ella Enchanted with Anne Hathaway? I was in my early teens then, but I thought she was hilarious.
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