I'm very confident in saying that I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Fox's new live-action multi-camera comedy, is not very good. And it's a shame, because the talents of Jaime Pressly, an Emmy
nominee winner for her work on My Name is Earl, are being supremely wasted.
The show's premise is fairly interesting: Two moms who were unpopular in high school and who were picked on by the popular kids are raising two daughters who epitomize everything they hated about the cool kids who stuffed them in lockers and ran their underwear up flagpoles. But Wednesday's pilot squandered the potentially funny idea with terrible jokes and comedic timing as punctual as a deadbeat dad who went out for cigarettes ten years ago.
It seems that I Hate My Teenage Daughter is trying to be both a family comedy and a raunchy, silly female-centric comedy in the vein of Absolutely Fabulous—but its debut thudded into the dead zone between those two things. If it ultimately veers in either direction, it might work; right now, there's too much grating screaming and cold-hearted snarkiness for it to be family-oriented (no one on this show likes each other, not even a little bit), and the two main moms Annie and Nikki (Pressly and Katie Finneran) aren't likable enough to make their deplorable, pathetic behavior charming. This show is just plain mean, guys, and when it's time to make a joke it does stupid things like cut to Nikki with pie all over her face.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter likely won't last too long, and I don't think anyone will put up a fight to save it. In my book, it's a contender for "worst new comedy of the season."
– How depressing was it to see Chad Coleman, who played Cutty on HBO's The Wire, in an argyle sweater regurgitating jokes as funny as the Baltimore projects?
– Setting up the main character's love interest to be her ex-husband's brother isn't sexy, it's gross.
– Is it just me or did the episode just... end? So the daughters actually are complete nightmares, and their moms got them back by dancing crazily to at the daughters' school dance? This is Disney-Channel-level humor.
What did you think of the premiere? Will you return for Episode 2?
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