Want to Watch the Pilots for NBC's Ironside and Welcome to the Family Early? Now You Can! (VIDEO)

I will probably never buy into the marketing reasons behind this, but NBC is following in the footsteps of ABC and Fox by releasing the pilots of some of its new shows online, ahead of their actual premiere dates.

For your consideration from the Peacock are "new" drama Ironside and Mike O'Malley comedy Welcome to the Family. Oh, and look at that, I've made it easy for you by embedding the videos below. You can thank me (or yell at me, if you hate them, or can't watch them outside the U.S.) later.


Ironside (October 2 at 10pm)


Blair Underwood stars as Robert Ironside in this re-imagined version of the original series that ran on NBC from 1967 to 1975. He leads an elite, hand-picked team of good-looking actors pretending to be cops as they track down bad guys in NYC. But here's the catch: He's in a wheelchair, you see, so it's interesting and badass and not at all like other cop procedurals. The series also stars Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy), Brent Sexton (The Killing, Justified), and Spencer Grammer (Greek).

 

Welcome to the Family (October 3 at 8:30pm)


Mike O'Malley (Glee) and Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) lead this new sitcom about the inevitable, reluctant joining of two families after their horny teenagers fail to pay attention in health class and end up pregnant before high school graduation. We've seen this story play out on TV several times before, but maybe Welcome to the Family will be the series to really make it? You know, just like the two teens believe they'll make it, because they're in love and no one in their position has ever been so in love and they'll be the exception and not the rule?


What'd you think? Did you like either of these enough to stick around for Episode 2?

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I thought that Ironside was well-written and well acted, however, I don't have high hopes for it because it does deal with uncomfortable themes and its characters aren't very likeable.

I'm not bothered at all by the change in race (I never watched the original). I like the idea that casting is more open now and so we can see a female, Asian-American Watson in Elementary and a black Ironside in this series.

I think if we are honest, many able-bodied people aren't at all comfortable with someone like Ironside who is in a chair. When they watch him they think about what it would be like to lose the use of their legs and they cringe. The discomfort is even more intense when the man with the disability is portrayed by sex symbol Blair Underwood whose character isn't cute and cuddly but in fact is tough and sometime brutish and nasty even to his own team.

Things shouldn't be this way -- and I think confronting these feelings/views is part of the thrust of the show, but I think it may suffer because of this phenomenon, unfortunately.

Re production: I had to suspend disbelief often as I think many of the places Ironside went in the pilot, in real life, could not be assumed to be wheelchair accesible. Accessibility is still a battle being hard fought by folks in the disability community.

Still, I suppose if you are a Person of Interest fan you suspend disbelief often in regard to the main characters and the fact that the non-relevant numbers the Machine generates seem to be confined to the NYC area.

The lighting and camera work also produced a very gritty, sad-toned, noir-ish New York that may also not endear the show to viewers. This is the same cinematography as for the ill-fated "Prime Suspect" with Maria Bello, so...

I get that someone in a wheelchair can be sexually active and have an attractive partner - but that isn't a perspective that can be taken for granted since I think a lot of people don't know about this or haven't thought about it. So, I thought it was very strange to have Ironside hook up with a gorgeous brunette (who he obviously doesn't know well) in the very first episode. And hook-up is one thing, but then with no other basis that we could see from what was presented, after their encounter is interrupted she waits for him outside his building to resume their tryst (who does that??).

Good things:

Ironside's back story was well revealed in a series of flashbacks woven throughout the pilot, as well as in his interactions with his former partner.

Blair Underwood's acting was very good. As was that of the guy who played his former partner (Stan from The Killing). The other actors' performances seems like throwaways, though I guess that actress who played the victim's sister handled her role okay.

I liked his captain (Yeah!! An Asian-American actor cast in a role that isn't specific to his ethnicity)

The procedural mystery in this episode was well plotted and twisty, if far fetched (I don't know many people who would have gone to where the victim did -- I know that her motivation wouldn't have been strong enough for me).
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Wow well I'm pleasantly surprised by Welcome To The Family, the promos did not do it any justice at all but it's actually one of the most charming little pilots that I've seen in a while. I'm definitely rooting for this one!
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Tried watching Ironside, but couldn't get past the first 10 minutes before I shut it off. So I will pass on this one.
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For a Pilot, Welcome to the Family wasn't that bad. Especially for a comedy. On NBC. There was nothing else to really watch, so I checked it out. I'm not sure that I will make it permanent viewing, as it was slightly predictable, but I did laugh a few times.
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Welcome to the family to good, and has a great cast. If they keep the quality up it will probably turn out to be one of the best new comedys this year
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If you could execute networks for putting on bad TV, I'm pretty sure Ironsides would result in the death penalty. That was awful. Can I have that hour of my life back please?
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I didn't know Pablo Schreiber was in this?! And Casey Cartwright? I'm totally watching!
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And Casey Cartwritght! I'm dying!
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We needed a new Ironside about as much as we needed a new Kojak. Yeah, remember the Kojak remake? Me neither.
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And not being racist but why were both characters suddenly black men??

Ironside will not be enjoyed at our house, the 1st episode was a bit tedious.
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Meh, Telly Savalas wasn't exactly the whitest guy in the world.
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Yep, he is of Greek ethnisity which would mean quite white when compared with the new version of Kojak or Ironside.
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What's wrong with black actors in these roles?

It's not like there is a conspiracy. If there were, it would simply be a reverse of what's been happening for decades.

I for one am happy that casting has gotten more open and that lead roles on TV can finally go to people are definitely not white.
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Oh look, it's MJ exhumed in a wheelchair. And I'll be damned if he aint gonna kept his glove clean. Stay classy.
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I'll be watching WTTF! I'm going to wait until the actual premiere date to watch the pilot though. I'm kind of old-fashioned in that sense :P
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To answer the question asked in the title: no, not particularly.
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As suspected I knew I'd personally like WTTF lol hope it does well!
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welcome to the family seems good. I think Thursday and Wednesdays are going to be the best nights.
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