The pilot episode of "Free Ride" aired, like all of Fox's new shows, after the beloved "American Idol".
All in all, the show gives a few laughs, but there's simply too much downtime. Most of the humor comes in little spurts; it's almost as if the writers try to get major plot elements (which really don't help the show at all) out of the way so they can immediately resume with the funny parts.
However, when the show has its moments, it definitely shines. The jokes, when they eventually come, will have you rolling on the couch laughing.
Yet, there's a hugely visible flaw that I think anyone who saw the pilot episode can locate. This is another one of those shows that will only survive because of one actor. The problem is that this one actor is NOT the lead role.
Dave Sheridan, who plays "Dove" in this show, is absolutely hilarious. His future is definitely promising. The acting job that he does is very reminiscent of Jack Black, yet it's somehow even better. The only parts I laughed at were from him.
At its current stage, this show will be cancelled by Fox just like the other 50 or so that it's cancelled recently. The only way this show can survive is if somehow the plot evolves so that the current lead role (Josh Dean) pals around with Sheridan or Sheridan somehow takes the lead role or something to that effect. As it stands now, there's just too little appearance of the one actor that stops this show from failing miserably.