The TV.com Staff Takes on the New Fall Comedies: First Impressions of A to Z, Black-ish, and More

The fall TV season is upon us, and right now you may be wondering what's worth watching and what's not worth your time. Which new shows look the most promising, and which ones deserve a spot on your Dead Pool. TV.com is here to help. 

We've screened the inaugural episodes of nearly every new fall series and compiled multiple (and sometimes contradictory) opinions of each network newbie. Pilots will be pilots, of course, and lots of shows get better once they've had a chance to settle in. But for now, first impressions are all that matter. 

Below, you'll find our take on which new network comedies are looking good, bad, average, and just plain ugly. Check back soon for a rundown of the new network dramas!


Black-ish

Premieres Wednesday, September 24 at 9:30pm on ABC

TIM: I'll like Anthony Anderson in anything, and I'm not sure there's anyone who can play this role—black father wants his kids to be more "black"—better than he could. Black-ish easily could've focused only on what it means to be black, and much of it does, but it's the family message that really comes through by the end of Black-ish's pilot, and that's exactly why it could be a surprise hit for ABC. Well, that combined with its post-Modern Family timeslot. I'll watch more of this.

NOEL: Black-ish isn't perfect (ditch the voiceover stuff, please) but I'm eager to see what Anderson and showrunner Kenya Barris can do with this series that deals with race and class. Anderson's great, Tracee Ellis Ross is perfect, and while he's not as much of a comedic revelation as Andre Braugher was on Brooklyn Nine-Nine last season, Laurence Fishburne is so relaxed that he's rather infectious.

JEN: Everything that both Tim and Noel said, plus more praise for Black-ish's cast. Not only is it full of great individual performers, but there's an early chemistry within the group—even in the pilot and even with the kids—that makes the show feel real right off the bat. It's enough to make you wonder why we're often so forgiving of comedy casts that haven't "clicked" yet; these guys don't seem to need the extra time, and I'm eager to see what the show can do.


Selfie

Premieres Tuesday, September 30 at 8pm on ABC

KAITLIN: I'll admit that Selfie, despite its stupid but actually fitting title, isn't the worst thing I've ever seen in my life, and I genuinely like the way it wants to take down superficial American culture by poking at how ridiculous it has become. But even though the pilot was better than I expected it to be, it wasn't really good. Similarly, Karen Gillan's American accent isn't awful, but it will certainly take you by surprise if you're accustomed to her natural Scottish one. And maybe I'm slightly biased because I would like to see more of John Cho on Sleepy Hollow, but I think he deserves better than this show.

JEN: Based on the somewhat-thin premise—a shallow, social-media-obsessed Internet star attempts to fix her image and make some friends after an embarrassing video goes viral—I was ready to hate everything about Selfie. And the pilot is full of annoying, predictable, and trope-y elements, plus some cheeky allusions to My Fair Lady, on which the show is loosely based. But it's not nearly as irritating as I thought it would be, and Karen Gillan and John Cho have potential as an "two different people who can each learn from the other" pairing. Bottom line: It's starting on a really short leash, and I'm not sure how it will ever evolve beyond its initial set-up, but I can be convinced to watch a few more episodes. 

TIM: The first several minutes of Selfie's pilot are so unbearably terrible that even when it gets slightly better (it's still awful) toward the end, it's too late. You'll still be so furious over hearing about "likes," "hashtags," and "pushing up the girls" that nothing will ever make it better. Eliza Dooley is one of the worst characters to arrive on television in a long time, and watching Karen Gillan embody such a wretched person is painful. I want to watch Selfie like I want to watch people take photos of themselves at the 9/11 MemorialPlease, no more social media shows.


Manhattan Love Story

Premieres Tuesday, September 30 at 8:30pm on ABC

TIM: I grew more interested in the pilot as the episode progressed, but it starts out so rocky—with a "men like boobs, women like purses" introduction—that it may be impossible for some viewers to rinse the bad taste out of their mouths. With that said, Analeigh Tipton is a living doll who you just want to put in your pocket, and Jake McDorman's grade-A jerk character Peter softens up just enough by the end that the thought of seeing this couple through the ups and downs of the "opposites attract" premise is palatable enough. The series' somewhat-unique dual point of view—viewers hear the two leads' inner monologue via voiceover—wobbles between being awful and great, but if it's used smartly, it could enrich the characters and the genre by tackling themes of self-esteem, self-presentation, and perception in the dating scene.

KAITLIN: Manhattan Love Story is a walking rom-com cliché, and I'm not a fan of all the technology mishaps that New York transplant Dana suffers in the pilot, because "smartphone challenged" feels like one of those cheap flaws that TV writers tack on to female characters in order to make them seem adorable—except that it isn't actually a flaw and it's not really adorable. Also, Jake McDorman's facial hair is awful, and, yes, I do think that's a perfectly reasonable complaint. Plus, his character is an asshole with a capital ASS. I think I warmed up to hearing the inner monologues toward the end of the episode, but I might've been distracted by that patchy thing growing on his face.

JEN: I actually like the internal monologue thing. The only problem is that some of it rings true, and some of it is obviously the writers trying to fit in more jokes. I do think that both of the main characters need some work, because I'm still not convinced that Peter's anything more than a too-cool bro, and Dana is a bit of a contradiction—in the pilot, she's both a naive, fish-out-of-water pushover (not unlike June from the late Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) and confident young woman who can at least muster the courage to stand up for herself. All told, I didn't hate it. 


Bad Judge

Premieres Thursday, October 2 at 9pm on NBC

Editors' Note: Bad Judge has undergone several changes since its pilot was first sent to critics, and we haven't yet seen the results. After recasting two roles and bringing a previously marginal character to the forefront, the series lost its showrunner over "creative differences." Since we've only seen the original pilot, definitely take these first impressions with a grain of salt—we certainly will be.  

TIM: I still don't know what this show is about after watching the pilot; it's completely all over the place. The Honorable Rebecca Wright is a judge and also a a party animal and she learns life lessons from a young African-American kid whose parents she threw in jail and she might have a boyfriend and she's in a band? Kate Walsh tries to keep things moving, but the pilot episode we saw was so hyperactive and busy that nothing really stuck. John Ducey and Tone Bell are solid in their supporting roles, but unless the series trims some fat, it won't matter.

KAITLIN: Bad Judge desperately wants to balance the humor and heart found in its network neighbor About a Boy, but it doesn't have Jason Katims' writing to help it do so. Kate Walsh's character is too old for me to find her selfishness and immaturity endearing or funny; I'd rather just see her be more of an adult. Now that we know Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, Party DownBad Teacher) has joined the cast to replace Mather Zickel (who left after the pilot) I'm hoping his innate charisma will bring some life and balance to what is otherwise a mess.


A to Z

Premieres Thursday, October 2 at 9:30pm on NBC

KAITLIN: This feels an awful lot like How I Met Your Mother 2.0, and not just because it stars an incredibly charming Cristin Milioti as one of its leading lovebirds. Ben Feldman's character is definitely channeling Ted Mosby's most romantic tendencies—though he's also less pretentious (and maybe more likable?) than Teddy Westside. And then there's all the talk destiny and true love. However, while some people might be hesitant to jump into yet another romantic comedy with a "complicated" premise (guess what, they break up!), I think A to Z will definitely—and possibly successfully—fill the void left by HIMYM's departure. Only time will tell.

JEN: It's twee. But there's a certain cleverness to the dialogue, the two leads are excellent, and it's plenty enjoyable. I didn't watch HIMYM, so I don't suffer any PTSD from narrated relationship stories involving flashbacks and Cristin Milioti (though I did groan at the line in the pilot where the destiny-loving Andrew exclaimed to the pragmatic Zelda, "This is the kind of story that people tell their kids!"). I'm in for at least a few episodes.

CORY: HIMYM baggage aside, A to Z gets by a whole heck of a lot on the allure of its two leads, and sometimes that's all you need. Cristin Milioti is a wonderful rom-com leading lady, and we knew that, but Ben Feldman is a minor surprise in how nicely he pairs with her. Still, the show's gimmick is lunkheadedly stupid—it's like someone saw (500) Days of Summer while vaping and said "THAT, but with the alphabet!"—and the supporting characters are already kind of grating. Even acknowledging that comedy pilots are kind of a crapshoot, I need to see what Episode 7 looks like before I'm ready to settle down with A to Z.


Mulaney


Premieres Sunday, October 5 at 9:30pm on Fox

TIM: I'm told by friends that John Mulaney is a really funny stand-up comedian. And to that all I can say is, "Well, he's not a very funny sitcom actor and the pilot for his show is terrible." Major disappointment.

CORY: Mulaney Truthers on Twitter have insisted that this pilot is not as strong as the version NBC passed on a couple of years ago, and that makes sense because nearly everything about it is bad. Either Mulaney's comic sensibilities don't work in the multi-camera sitcom format, or he's simply a poor actor. The jokes don't land, everyone feels out-of-sync, and the stand-up interludes only serve to remind you of the much, much better show that Mulaney is trying to emulate.


Cristela

Premieres Friday, October 10 at 8:30pm on ABC

NOEL: I know it's cool and hip to be snobby about multi-cam sitcoms (get over it, folks; no one thinks you're sophisticated simply because of this opinion), and this season's other two multi-cam pilots are really, truly awful, so when I say that Cristela is the best of the three, I know it's a low bar. But I still laughed a good bit, because Cristela Alonzo is a talented performer even if she can't totally find her footing—her desire to make sure jokes land and her character's desire to earn others' approval get mixed up in weird ways—but given the show's occasionally sharp racial humor, I'm giving it a few more episodes.

JEN: I suspect there's a decent TV show here, but in the pilot it's buried beneath awkward joke set-ups, one-step-up-from-stock characters, a predictable story, and corny family schtick. The one thing I'm sure of is that Cristela Alonzo is damn lovable, and I hope that as she grows more comfortable carrying her own series, additional elements will fall into place to elevate this comedy from the category of "fine for what it is" to "something special and worth watching."


Marry Me

Premieres Tuesday, October 14 at 9pm on NBC

NOEL: Marry Me's pilot was probably my favorite of this season's comedy entries—or at least it made me laugh the most, which might be the same thing. Ken Marino and Casey Wilson are both very funny (if a little shout-y), and while the first episode is focused very heavily on them, there's a really solid ensemble in place. Tim Meadows and Dan Bucatinsky, who play Annie's (Wilson) gay dads, may become the show's stealth MVPs, and Marry Me will need to exploit them it wants to hit the next level.

JEN: I didn't love the pilot, but I love Ken Marino and Casey Wilson, so I'm eager to see where the show goes in its next few episodes. Once thing that concerns me is that Wilson's Annie feels a lot like Happy Endings' Penny, except she's surrounded by a much more "normal" cast; I'm worried that the "manic funny lady" routine won't fit in as well here. It's worth noting that if you watch the pilots of A to Z and Marry Me back to back, like I did, you may be surprised at the similarities between the two, even though they're about couples in different stages of their relationships. From the main guys on both shows having schlubby, bearded best friends to both pilots featuring near-identical dialogue about the girl lying and then admitting she's a terrible person, NBC is clearly hoping at least one of the two series will hit.


The McCarthys

Premieres Thursday, October 30 at 9:30pm on CBS

KAITLIN: Laurie Metcalf is definitely too good for this sitcom about a bunch of sports-obsessed Bostonians who try to stop their only normal family member from moving to Rhode Island. It feels like a rejected pilot from the mid-'90s. Most of the characters are two-dimensional stereotypes—form the the dumb jock, to the gay guy, to the shallow tramp, etc. The jokes aren't funny, and I honestly can't figure out how the show made it this far.

TIM: I hope you like "gay guy is clueless about sports" jokes, because The McCarthys' pilot is full of them. The show won't surprise you, but it at least has its heart in the right place, and I like some of the cast—particularly Jack McGee and Jimmy Dunn. At the end of the day, it'sa middle-of-the-road sitcom, which is actually a compliment for a CBS multi-cam comedy.

JEN: I will never watch The McCarthys. It doesn't do anything new. It doesn't do anything different. And while it isn't an outright dealbreaker that the series isn't particularly original, the series doesn't do a good-enough job with the standard family comedy to make it worth watching over other, better stuff.



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Oct 19, 2014
Selfie: Do I like Karen Gillan enough to keep watching it, or will watching it make me not like her?

Mulaney: I thought Martin Short would make this watchable. I was wrong. Not his fault, but this is just awful.

Marry Me: This is the first I've even heard of it.

The rest: All worse than Selfie, and some maybe even worse than Mulaney. There's certainly no "Enlisted" in this bunch. Not even close. And that only lasted one season.
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Sep 27, 2014
Oh man... I just watched the pilot of Selfie and I liked it. It does exaggarate here and there but I genuinely think that it has potential to even be great. I just think that a lot of people adapted a weird 'holier than thou' attitude towards it because of its name. I say 'a lot' because it's obvious that this show isn't for everyone and I don't want to generalise. And I'm on the fence as well. I liked it but I wasn't really enchanted by it.

The one thing that this show doesn't have (or atleast I can't see it) is longevity. They can't really put brakes on Eliza's development. They can stretch it for its pilot season sure. That's for granted. But I can't see how this show could expand after Eliza's development is finished.

Ahh... What to watch...?
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Sep 17, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed Selfie's pilot ... it really takes on the Internet culture that is so prevalent today and I know some self obsessed people in real life which will make me laugh out even louder with the superficial stuff portrayed on the show. Really looking forward to it!

I also saw the pilot for A to Z and sure it was cute and Cristin Milloti was super charming but it was also so full of stereotypes that in retrospect I find that I did not like it enough to actually watch more episodes of it. Maybe if nothing else is on.

From the promos that I've seen, Black-ish and Bad Judge could def be a fun watch, but I don't think Marry Me is my type and the one promo I've seen of Cristela, it didn't really look good. As for Manhattan Love Story, definitely not!
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Sep 16, 2014
If this is the cream of the comedy crop this year, we're in trouble again.
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Sep 22, 2014
DOOMED is the word I would use to describe the list here and to be honest if that is comedy there is something wrong with what people find funny now days.
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Sep 15, 2014
Regarding Selfie...I loved it. It was well done, acted by Karen Gillan in just the right tone. Humorous, without the over-the-top touch too many shows have nowadays. It wasn't life changing, and it wasn't supposed to be. It showed promise. That's all I need to see in a pilot.
John Cho was maybe a little too stiff, even for his character, but hey. It's John Cho! So it's all good. So far.
But back to Karen Gillan. She was perfect. I fell in love with her as the Doctor's companion, but I wasn't overly happy with her turn as an American in Oculus. Here, she pulls it off very nicely. And hats off to the people who dress her. (!!!)
I would like to see more of Selfie, and I hope it's just because I'm being Selfish! ;)
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Sep 13, 2014
A to Z: I like both of the main actors, and I might enjoy an episode or two, but I doubt that I would be able to stand the mushy romance stuff for much longer than that. The show doesn't look bad, but it's not for me.

Marry me: See what I said about A to Z, but replace "I like both of the main actors" with "I doubt that these actors can carry the show".

Selfie: This looks absolutely horrible. I would only watch it if I need to vomit for some reason.

Black-ish: Nah.

Bad Judge: The trailer actually made me think that this is something I might want to watch, but the article changed my mind. I think I'll wait a few episodes to see if other people like it, and right now I expect that they won't.

Cristela: Never heard of her, but I see that Gabriel Iglesias is in it, and I like him. Too bad the show looks so bad.

Mulany: Looks pretty awful.
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Sep 13, 2014
Looks like I skipped two shows.

The McCarthys: Looks boring.

Manhattan love story: Looks awful.
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Sep 12, 2014
Maybe Black-ish, and i kind of like Selfie even though that beginning is rough! The rest of these comedies are just BAD. Writers fail SO hard at comedies lately that the whole genre seems irredeemable. The few successful comedies in the past 20+ years have been Friends, the first few seasons of HIMYM, Everybody Loves Raymond, New Girl in its prime (and i love it and hate to say that but it's true) and Modern Family from what i hear, though i've never seen it....and....well, that's all i can think of. Feel free to add any more that ya'll can remember. They're just not as good as they used to be. Maybe we should just take a break with the comedies...give it a few years and come back with fresh minds and eyes.
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Sep 12, 2014
Blackish, A to Z, Cristela, Marry Me, and that's it.
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Sep 11, 2014
I really liked Mulaney's first standup CD, but his special was only OK and this show looks terrrrrrrible.

At least I can look forward to more of Too Much Tuna Fish on Kroll Show...
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Sep 11, 2014
as usual I'll wait and see which of these gets canceled or renewed and then I will start to watch
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Sep 11, 2014
Black-ish interests me. None of the rest does.
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Sep 11, 2014
Even though I'm not going to watch a single one of these shows anyway, I think I'll go with my gut instinct and keep my deadpool picks as is (despite some getting better reviews than I expected).
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Sep 11, 2014
At this point maybe just Marry Me anything else sounds like crap. I guess every season can't have a Brooklyn Nine Nine in it, in fact when does that come back?
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Sep 16, 2014
A season without a new Brooklyn Nine-Nine would be a good thing.
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Sep 16, 2014
Because it was good and we didn't want an overused formula? Or because you don't like it? I love it but some people can't stand Andy Samberg in any dose, so they don't get to experience the awesome ensemble cast.
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Sep 11, 2014
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Sep 12, 2014
Thank you!!!
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Sep 11, 2014
Gods, all of this looks awful :(
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Sep 11, 2014
The league is still No. 1

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Sep 11, 2014
maybe a grin here and there but I doubt laughs.
You didnt mention who uses a laugh track? That automatically cancels them out, I dont need canned laughter to tell me when to laugh!
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Sep 11, 2014
they reviewed everything so we would know what to watch and then write how they LUV EVERYTHNG. stupid article, can't believe I wasted my time reading it. especially since what I have seen so far from most of these comedies, the phrase dumb and dumber comes to mind.
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Sep 11, 2014
In order:
1. Marry Me
2. Selfie
3. A to Z
4. Manhattan Love Story
5. Bad Judge
6. Cristela
7. The McCarthys
8. Mulaney
9. Black-ish
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Sep 10, 2014
Sorry Tim. Selfie captured me enough for a few episodes viewing. Iwillpassontherest.
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Sep 10, 2014
Nothing to watch here. I´ll keep re-watching The Big Bang Theory
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Sep 10, 2014
I,m glad I own all of, Seinfeld and, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on DVD... Because I won't be watching this schmaltz.
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Sep 10, 2014
looks like another year of shows that are doomed to fail!
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Sep 10, 2014
I'm interested in seeing A to Z and Blackish. I like the two leads in Selfie, especially Cho but I really can't stand the vapid internet lingo that will probably be so abundant.
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Sep 10, 2014
Thanks for these previews, gang.

Black-ish, glad to see the marketing materials were accurate on this. I won't be surprised if this gets axed a la Trophy Wife, but I don't expect it to be a quick kill. And that's an excellent point on why we as an audience are too forgiving to other new shows, Jen.

Selfie, oh dear. Well, that's why it's in my dead pool. Then again, ABC held onto Super Fun Night way too long.

Manhattan Love Story, I didn't put this in my dead pool but it's vague enough to get there. Also, is "ass" the capital in "asshole"? I would have thought "hole".

Bad Judge, the concept seems watchable, but that does sound like a lot to juggle. I'm surprised the age is an issue though, having seen some of the shenanigans lately from folks far older than Kate Walsh, I don't think people grow up at all anymore, they just hide it better or worse.

A to Z, oh dear, sounds like I shouldn't have put this in my pool, NBC does hang onto stuff a little longer usually when they aren't totally generic. I could swap this with Manhattan Love Story, they were kinda interchangeable in my initial choices.

Mulaney is a very funny stand up, but his SNL writing is very tame and has lazy premises, and the marketing materials for this sitcom look dreadful. Like I said before, this whole season could be a close fight for the dead pool this year.

Cristela got laughs from Noel? Good enough for me. It'll probably sink just due to launching in a ratings-free zone, but I suspect it'll get killed late if at all.

Marry Me, Jen's concerns are kinda what I expected.

The McCarthys, yeah, yuck. My poor dead pool is so confused, there's 24 choices I think and 20 sound like they could all "win".
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Sep 10, 2014
wow, all these sound bad. nothing new for me this fall. i need to quit watching so much TV anyway
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Sep 10, 2014
ABC and NBC proved to us over and over...over the years: don't get attached, sudden death will definitely come! So why even bother watch the pilots ????
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Sep 10, 2014
Oh hey, the Black-ish pilot is free if you're on iTunes. Definitely some pilot-itis there (where a show crams as much as it can into the short first episode), but overall it was fun. I think I could enjoy it, especially if they back off of that voice-over a little.
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Sep 10, 2014
Marry me will be good imo, because of Ken Marino and Casey Wilson.
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Sep 16, 2014
Is there any actress more annoying (or who plays more annoying characters) than Casey Wilson? Did anybody see her on NBC's Fall Preview Special?
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Sep 10, 2014
That's what folks said about The Millers with its cast, and that turned out to be a steaming pile of mediocrity. Love Ken Marino and like Casey Wilson, but this show's marketing really doesn't look like it'll work.
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Sep 10, 2014
The Only Two I'm Going To Watch Are 'Black-Ish' And 'Marry Me'. The Others Look Awful.
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Sep 10, 2014
Blackish looks like the only thing watchable from the reviews... sad.
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Sep 10, 2014
I will check out Marry Me purely because of Ken Marino. I have never seen him in anything he was not amazing in. Veronica Mars, Party Down, Burning Love. He's just too good for me to pass up at least checking out the pilot.
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Sep 10, 2014
Ken Marino FTW!
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Sep 13, 2014
I still can't see him as anything but a gay demon.
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Sep 14, 2014
Oh man, I completely forgot about him being in Reaper. That show was too young to die...
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Sep 11, 2014
He's really just the greatest.
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Sep 10, 2014
Here are my thoughts based on trailers, and pilots for the ones that have been released to the public.
After watching the trailers for Marry Me and A to Z, I liked both but was more excited for A to Z. However, after that not-very-good pilot, I'm more excited for Marry Me.
Manhattan Love Story has an interesting twist with that inner monologue thing. I'll give it a shot.
Selfie's pilot started out bad ( I never thought that I could ever dislike John Cho, but that character!) but it got a lot better.
Not very excited about Mulaney or The McCarthys, but I'll give both a shot.
The trailers for Bad Judge and Cristela pleasantly surprised me. I was not panning on watching either, but if either get renewed I'll watch season one.
Black-ish however I will not be watching. I do like Anthony Anderson, but this does not look good.
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Sep 10, 2014
I don't like sports or Boston accents, so no thankyou, The McCarthy's.

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Sep 10, 2014
What Kaitlin said about Selfie: 'I genuinely like the way it wants to take down superficial American culture'. Keyword being wants - hopefully the series does want to actually say something about it, and not just poke fun at how ridiculous its become, because if it doesn't, then I'm not interested.
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Sep 10, 2014
So your saying that Black-ish isn't the least bit offensive?
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Sep 16, 2014
you're
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Sep 10, 2014
Comedy without any risk is dull.
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Sep 11, 2014
Which is a fair point, but there's a big difference between being risky and being rasict.
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Sep 11, 2014
There's actually a very fine difference between the two, look at Blazing Saddles: racism all over that film, yet it's also one of the funniest movies of all time.
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Sep 10, 2014
What a turd sandwich.
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Sep 10, 2014
I'll check out Black-ish, Selfie, A to Z, and Marry Me, but wouldn't be too surprised if I drop all of them after the four episode test.
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Sep 10, 2014
The only one that looks even decent is Black-ish.
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Sep 10, 2014
Nothing shockingly exciting but I will check out some of the rom-coms, I guess.
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Sep 10, 2014
I wonder, what would happen if there's a show about a white guy teaching his kids to be more white?
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Sep 10, 2014
Well, the last 60 years of tv family sitcoms have generally been white guys teaching their kids to be more white, so you can pick from Leave it to Beaver, My Three Sons, Father Knows Best, The Andy Griffith Show (perhaps the best sitcom ever), The Beverly Hillbillies, The Brady Bunch, Diff'rent Strokes and Webster, Full House, and Growing Pains, or any number of lesser-knowns that filled the concept.
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Sep 11, 2014
i thought about the same argument - all the white actors on tv shows, but it really doesnt fit. BillyRay is 100% right.
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Sep 11, 2014
are you saying teaching your kid to stay in school, get good grades, grow up and be a mature responsible adult who respects others is acting white? I thought that was colorless ambition of most parents.

and if being mature and responsible is white, does that mean being immature and irresponsible is acting black? is that what you are saying?

Sorry, don't understand your comments.
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Sep 11, 2014
None of the above is what I said, but nice try with the race-baiting. Notice how you automatically assumed that "white guy teaching kids to be white" meant that somehow "black guys teaching kids to be black" were opposite goals - you said that, not me.

Raze was trying to play the "oh poor white people" game as if we white folks didn't have the bulk of a century of programming just about white people. White privilege assumes that others striving to discover their own identities is somehow a knock against white people, but that's generally white guilt trying to hide itself. We can be different and the same all at once.
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Sep 11, 2014
I said I did not understand your comment. was not race baiting. but seeing your "White Privilege" comment gives me an idea where you are coming from.

and as a poor white guy, I would love to tap into some of that privilege someday that you and others keep talking about.
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Sep 11, 2014
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Sep 10, 2014
While most shows aren't as overt as Blackish, there have been many shows where the white parents try to get their kids to act white (aka normal according to their belief system). A few examples would be All in the Family, Family Ties and the more recent Suburgatory. Shows based on a split between generations will always be on TV because it taps into something we've all experienced with our own parents but in the end it all comes down to writing and how well it relates to the viewers.
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Sep 10, 2014
yeah, i don't see how black-ish isn't offensive.
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Sep 10, 2014
It might be similarly fun if his family is living in a mostly non-white culture, like maybe with a half-Japanese wife in Japan? Or maybe a non-Swedish in Sweden? In the Black-ish trailer, the older boy seems to also identify with the Jewish religion.
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Sep 10, 2014
Wow. Such a sad lot of crap. Hopefully all will be cancelled by this time next year.
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Sep 10, 2014
I quite liked the pilot of Selfie, it was cute and fun, even if predictable, so I will definitely watch more of the show. Not really convinced by A to Z but I'll give it a shot. Marry me has Casey Wilson, so I'll definitely watch it. Black-ish could be good too. But nothing feels really strong this year.
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Sep 10, 2014
Blackish! Are you serious. Isn't that really really racist!!!!!!
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Sep 11, 2014
no, if it was a white guy wanting his kids to be more KKK that would be racist. a black guy wanting his suburban kids to be more gang banging ghetto is hip and cool. Cause I guess Hollywood thinks the only true black is one who has been in jail five or six times. or am I missing the point of this dog turd show?
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Sep 10, 2014
vis a vis mulaney after too many years of seeing dogs featuring him I'm gonna invoke Hollywood rule #57 -" anything with elliott gould in it sucks donkeys' b...s".
Lets hope this means his occasional irrelevant, impenetrable & immersion destroying appearances on Ray Donovan have ceased.
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Sep 10, 2014
Friends didn't suck, it was one of the best shows ever
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Sep 10, 2014
Marry Me looks the best of this otherwise seemingly awful bunch.
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Sep 10, 2014
These all look terrible and Black-ish feels particularly insulting.
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Sep 10, 2014
How do these folks have ridiculously pristine white teeth?
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Sep 10, 2014
MONEY. Also, nobody wants to look at mangled or yellow teeth in HD.
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Sep 10, 2014
I think everyone should give some of these comedies a chance before calling them out before they premiere. Remember when everyone in this site was hating The Mindy Project in the beginning? Now its a pretty good show. I bet Brooklyn Nine Nine would have gotten better ratings than it deserves if people gave it chance. Come on there must be a new comedy this season that should be able to beat Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory.

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Sep 10, 2014
Of course I haven't seen any of these shows yet, but in the past, it's mostly been multi-cam=funny, single cam=not funny. My personal taste, of course, but let's see about this season.
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Sep 10, 2014
Opinion: Every single series will flop, and Black-ish won't even make it to mid=season.Face it: If it's not Big Bang Theory or Modern Family, no one will watch it. (Seriously, only those shows dominate the Emmys in the Comedy category.)
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