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.
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.
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.
Jim Jefferies and Peter O'Fallon, whose past credits include The Unusuals, The Riches, and Mysterious Ways.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Here you go, at your service!
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.