"An Unwatchably Bad Sit-com.... Suddenly Re-deemed!"
by Dane Youssef "Married To The Kellys" is a reportedly autobiographical sit-com about a professional New York City novelist who moves out to the Midwest of Kansas to please his small-town bred wife (and her family). Starring the older brother from Clueless and one of the losers from Road Trip (they're both the same actor, I mean), the whole thing centers around a family of yokels and Breckin Meyer trying valiantly and effortlessly to please them. Seems to be a re-hashing of the Green Acres plot. Except with an "Everybody Loves Raymond"-like "fish-out-of-water" twist to it. The show's principal theory is that one about how just as boy/girl from the sticks will get taken advantage of and eaten alive in the big city, vice-versa, the same logic applies. (The First Fifteen Episodes): His wife is also a yokel who leans on him to please her family and gets smarmy with him when she wants to. She's supposed to be the brains and resourceful one of the whole family. At least that's the way the show wants us to see her. Not really. Her husband is emasculated and her family is composed of cartoon character small-town stereotypes that wouldn't seem out of place in one of David Lynch's movies. She's not that smart. Really. Everybody is just that stupid. For some reason, sit-coms these days employ very stupid characters and situations so everything is so easy to follow. If anyone had any thought process at all, the whole show would implode. God willing… Married to the Kellies is yet another sit-com featuring ballsy, scheming women, an emasculated husband who is basically a side-kick and the butt of so many jokes and a Rouges' gallery of Addams Family-like realities. The worst part is that the lead has no spine and no depth and is a pushover, so his embarrassment is not funny, challenging or even very interesting. If he would just dish it out a little. Yell at the family once in a while. Grow a pair. Bicker. Rebel. Do something. P*ss them off a little. He's a member of the family now, he might as well start acting like it. Bad sit-coms usually have one really flamboyant character that is supposed to steal the show. Think of any sit-com, really, and you'll know what I'm talking about. The show is designed to be so bland that anyone coming in and hamming it up instantly becomes the whole show. If you look at a blank white screen for enough period of time and you suddenly see a little black dot moving around, of course your eye is going to follow it. SOMETHING has to have your attention. Hell, you're almost grateful for that little black dot. Anything to slow down the monotony. Guys, either re-model and rentivate or tear the damn thing down. (After Episode Sixteen): In my early synopsis of the less-than successful Married With Kellys, I complained about the show's lack of edge and humor. But the show's weakest link was the character of Tom (Breckin Myer). The show was weak... mostly because it's lead was weak. The Tom character was bullied, humiliated, castrated, kicked aside... by his whole inbred, hick and hayseed family... even his own wife. Especially his own wife! Despite Tom's valiant attempts to win over the family, they despised Tom for being from the Big Apple and for being a big-shot novelist (instead of a dirty blue-collar working man like the rest of the family). My closing line in my first review was: Guys, either re-model and renovate or tear the damn thing down. Thankfully, my prayers were answered and they chose to do the latter. Dear readers, I am pleased to report that Married to the Kellys is finally on track. I guess they just needed some time to find their voice. Did the creators get my message... or maybe I wasn't the only one protesting. I have to admit, I thought this show was head for the sh*tter. But thankfully, Disney must have gotten my request and finally did some renovation on Kellys. Or (more likely) maybe I wasn't the only one who felt this way. The cheerfully castrating yokel wife and her proud hayseed family... torturing her city-boy husband every step of the way. And he seemed to be sadomasochistic ally enduring it. I kept waiting for his pair to drop... and push back. Well, it finally, finally happened. Thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Disney. It's a miracle! Perhaps the show's producers read my review. Or perhaps (much more likely) maybe I wasn't the only one who felt this way. Meyer's character is now more sharp-tongued and edgy... and it was such a relief and high to hear him fling crap back at his henpecking wife and her self-glorifying sister Mary, at Mary's award ceremony, at the family Oscar party. When Chris stand up to Mary and starts defying her. And when Tom finally calls Mary on her delusion and silliness. And no one is talking about that stupid doghouse board again. Or at least taking it very seriously. (For those of you wondering--and who haven't seen the show-- the doghouse is a bulletin board in the family kitchen. You see, whenever someone does something bad, a card with that person's name written on it--goes in the doghouse --signifying that person is in trouble hence, in the doghouse). The show is finally watch able! Hell, more than that... funny! If only the ill-fated Good Morning, Miami had been smart and courageous enough to break it's formula and work with it, instead of just following it slavishly, "Good Morning, Miami" might've had a longer run. But "Good Morning, Miami" crashed and burned as big and as bad as the Hindenburg. There is a lesson in all this. And it was almost as if the makers of this show had learned it."Miami" sure didn't. I ask---nay, pray... will others out there in the TV-show universe learn from this? It doesn't have to be this way. Take heed of my wise old words, children. Take heed. (Note: As I publish this, Married To The Kelly's is also off the air. Go figure, huh? What a world, what a world....) --Refusing to Carry A Grudge, Dane Youssef
I loved this show, and trully thought it was a bona-fide hit series. Breckin Meyer is hilariously funny and deserves his own show. I got a kick out of his confusion with the workings of the family dynamic and the honesty and openness of the small town. His reactions and logical conclusions of how things should work but didn't was priceless. john Waters, as the token brother-in-law, stole every scene he was in plus I loved seeing Sam Anderson from "Growing Pains." This guy has basically had a bit part starring in every series ever made in one way or another. It was about time he got his own series. I just don't understand why the series didn't get a chance where so many others far worse last two seasons or more.
Married to the Kelly's was my all time favorite show. I still think about it and wish it were still on. Sometimes I even watch the episodes I taped. A huge rain storm always brings the show hack to mind. During one of the very last episods they aired on abc there was one of the biggest storms over where I live. Along with the storm came yellow sky (whitch I don't know what they ment) and tornado watches and warning. So during commercials I went up staires and preparred my pets and stuff for the crawl space, but I remained faithful to the tv and the episode throughout the storm. I only missed two episodes all togeather because the elevtricity was out. I still wonder what they were about. And although I doubt it, I'm still waiting for them to release the one and only season.
The show was fun, charming, gave a look at people from tri state city areas to imagine what it would be like moving to that real suburb/country area to live with a warm family. I thought it was a great show and should have had another season. Truthfully, I dont even know why it was cancelled. Every show was great, and the cast was even perfectly picked! Everyone played the role they should have. I did notice the last 2 months they were pulling the episodes in place of a repeat of whatever shows aired at the time. It was hard for newbies to keep up. Should have gave it another chance or even put it on abc family. Nowadays with all the channels, is it really neccasary to pull the plug so quickly? I think it was a huge mistake and I miss it. I looked forward to the show every week it was on. My tivo was set!
I felt this was a good show that never got a chance to shine..The characters were original and played very well off of each other. Once again a good show killed before its time. Too bad the network can't or won't give some of these shows more of a chance.
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