Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23?

Lucky us! We got to screen ABC's new sitcom with a weird name, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23! Since it airs tonight and you need to plan your evening, here's a little intel so you can decide whether or not to tune in.


When can I see this?

Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 premieres tonight, Wednesday April 11 at 9:30pm, right after Modern Family.


Who’s in it?

You'll remember star Dreama Walker as Hazel from Gossip Girl. And Krysten Ritter (hubba hubba!), who plays the titular "B----," was Jane on Breaking Bad, and worked as a model (a good one) prior to getting into acting. James Van Der Beek plays himself, and if you need me to tell you who he is then you won't get half the show's jokes and should pass anyway. Bonus: Comedian Eric Andre is great in supporting role.


Who's behind it?

Nahnatchka Khan created the series. She's been a producer and writer on American Dad and Malcolm in the Middle, which should explain the frenetic energy of the show.


So what's the story?

June (Walker) moves from the Midwest to New York City, loses her job, is desperate for a place to live, and lands in the clutches of new roommate, Chloe (Ritter). Chloe's moral compass has a magnet stuck to it that makes it point toward "naughty," and their odd-couple relationship turns into an unusual friendship.


Who's the target audience?

This series will skew young and targets the coveted 18-35-year old demographic. Even though women are at the forefront of the program, the humor is blind to gender, and I swear there isn't one mention of a vagina in either of the first two episodes! We're making progress in the post-Whitney era already!


Let's hear about the good parts.

One thing any new comedy needs is its own comedy nook to carve out to separate itself from the other comedies out there. Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 definitely has its own voice, and that's refreshing. It's goofy, crass, fast-paced, and occasionally surprising. The show also does a great job of treating sight gags as frosting instead of the cake. You get that analogy, right? The pop-culture references are also pretty good, going beyond stupid Kardashian references and more towards things that aren't plastered all over US Weekly. There's a Bowfinger reference for crying out loud. And Krysten Ritter. Hubba hubba.


But it can't be all good, right?

The biggest problem with the show is a doozy. Why are June and Chloe friends when Chloe poops all over June? It's convenient for the show but it doesn't make a lick of sense. Also, the show is more "ha ha" funny than "HA HA *snort* *wheeze* *milk shooting out of your nose*" funny.


Alrighty. Let's hear the final verdict, should I watch or not?

We were a little undecided about giving this a whole-hearted YES, but then Kevin Sorbo made a guest appearance in Episode 4. In fact, the pilot is the worst of the three episodes we've seen (ABC only sent Episodes 1, 2, and 4 to press) and it gets stronger once the set-up is out of the way. It's good fun and fits better with Happy Endings and Suburgatory than it does with Modern Family.


What should accompany my viewing experience?

This is a vodka or rum kind of series. Keep it simple. Vodka or rum + your favorite other beverage in a plastic cup in honor of Chloe's straightforward, get-it-done attitude.


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

Trailer time!


Are you going to take our advice and watch The Krysten Ritter Show, I mean Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23?

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I like it, but at the moment it's more because of James Vanderbeek and spoofing his Dawson's Creek fame. As I was in my teens myself when Dawson's aired, I had to sit through every episode with my sister, so you can imagine. Thank god Joey was there for us guys :-) Michelle williams only became attractive after Dawson (imo). So anyhoo, I'm gonna keep watching and hope for the best.
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This is a terrible show... I do like the brunette actress but the blonde one is the irritating teen from The Good Wife and the whole thing is just cliched and not funny - I've seen one ep and I've had enough.
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I've seen the first two episodes and I didn't get the impression that June and Chloe are friends. They're slightly above necessary roommates right now. I'm sure that will change going forward as they get to know each other better. Episode 1 is okay, but episode 2 really hits a stride. Definitely recommend this show.
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These Hey TV.com should I watch bits are becoming absolutely compulsory for me, although I often disagree with them, but it's great to have all you need to know in one place. I think I'll give this one a try but I seriously doubt that it will be worth it.
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I think Dreama Walker deserves many "hubba hubbas" too. What a pretty little thing she is.
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Ugh, what? They're FRIENDS?!? Nothing about the promos or previous articles re this show have made mention of that. I remember the friggin' original pilot elevator pitch you guys posted like a year ago about this show and it didn't have anything to do with them being pals. I am already rethinking that DVR choice now. :-\ I'll give it a shot, but damn dude, just more sitcom quicksand.
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Has there been a "Should I watch..." where the verdict was no?
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yeah
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I'll be honest, totally watching this show for the Beek. I love post-Dawson Van Der Beek, and the references are hilarious. I watched the first couple episodes online about a week ago, and found it pretty hilarious. I'm definitely willing to give it a go for a few more.
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it actually is pretty great! :]
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Another young female Odd Couple sitcom? No thanks, I have 2 Broke Girls.
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Sounds fun, I wanna check it out for sure.
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I haven't seen the pilot yet, but I have every intention of watching this show.



It's one of the 4 shows that I really anticipated watching as I read about the different new shows premiering in the current season (Homeland, Person of Interest, and Awake were the others).



Also, Krysten Ritter. Hubba hubba.
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u guys know u can watch it in hd for free on amazon right? they have the first 2 episodes...
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Wow. Suddenly finding myself wishing I watched Dawson's Creek?
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I watched the first two episodes and the second was far better than the first. I will watch this show, if only to see The Beek be an awesome version of himself. He's a lot funnier than I thought he'd be.



As for why the two of them would be friends, every girl either has/ had a 'bitchy' friend. She's the one who is cooler than you and plain speaking and makes everything a bit more fun in a trashy and slightly dangerous way. and often shes the one who has your back when no one else will understand.
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I will give it a go. I watched Dawson's Creek back in the day (older sister, so no choice there) so I know all about the Beek. I'm always on the look out for another new comedy, especially now with a few starting to run their last couple eps.
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I watched Dawson's Creek recently, so I'm really looking forwards to seeing this.
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I already watched the pilot, I didn't really get it. It wasn't bad just not my kind of humor.
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I already watched the pilot, and I really liked it. The humour was sharp, and I can imagine that the chemistry between Ritter and Walker will give us some great moments in the future. The only thing I'd change though is Van Der Beek playing a douchebag version of himself. Not that I mind it, it's just that he has been doing a parody of himself a lot lately, for example on funnyordie.com and the Ke$ha video. So I hope his character, while funny, would turn into a more multidimensional version of Van Der Beek, instead of just being a womanising ass.
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im definitely checking this out. its my most anticipated comedy since fall season
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ok, just watched the clip above and the icing in the crack joke totally makes me wanna watch the whole thing.
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I watched the pilot. I enjoyed it. But I am a Krysten Ritter fan and think she is great. The including of vander beek being kind of a douche is kind of hilarious. I will watch it and it is better than the crap NBC is bringing.
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I've seen the Pilot and I loved it! Definitely a show I will watch! Hilarious!
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Tim, you should be smart enough to answer these questions. Of course you shouldn't.
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I watched the first two episodes and really enjoyed it. I've been noticing comments are the web from others who have seen it saying they were also pleasantly surprised by how good the show was.



Apparently it's only an 8-Episode season? and I'm guessing should it get renewed, the 2nd season will be longer, but I'm in it for the long haul. I really like it so far.



One of the best twists the show has done was having James Van Der Beek play as himself. It definitely adds a great bit of fun to the show, and no doubt "Dawson Creek" fans will love all the references.
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