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