Norm MacDonald has admitted that "A Minute With Stan Hooper" is basically a rip-off of "Green Acres" (saying as much in an interview with Bill O'Reilly) where a city mouse couple, in this case Stan (Norm MacDonald) and his wife Molly (Penelope Ann Miller), move out to the country and become involved in fish-out-of-water-style comedy. In the "Pilot" episode, Stan & Molly make the move out to Waterford Falls.
In an odd twist, Norm MacDonald plays the straight-man in his own comedy show. In "The Norm Show," Norm MacDonald was the main source of comedy - however, in "A Minute With Stan Hooper," Norm seems to have been placed more (not completely) in the straight-man role. This is both good and bad: good because Norm's reactions to the crazy townspeople are funny but bad because Norm does not get to shine as much as he usually does.
This "Pilot" episode is one of the highlights of a slightly-above-average TV series, playing out like one of Norm MacDonald's yarn-style bits where the set-up is long, amusing, and unravels towards a knee-slapping hilarious punch-line.moreless