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Sean Saves the World S01E01: "Pilot"


Welp, it's official. We're all going to die. NBC has put Sean Hayes in charge of saving the world and whatever the threat is, be it zombies or global warming or terrible TV shows, it's going to kill us all if Sean Saves the World is our last line of defense. When NBC decided that dumbing things down and broadening its comedy offerings would be a good strategy for restoring greatness to the network, Sean Saves the World was probably one of its first ideas.

The new comedy marks Hayes's official return to primetime television, probably against his will and definitely with a lack of grace. (Wait for applause... okay, continue.) He plays the cartoonish Sean, a divorced dad who's stuck in the hot TV trend that sees relatives unexpectedly moving in with each other. In this one, it's Sean's 14-year-old daughter who nudges into his life. But here's the placate-everyone-and-please-no-one angle: Just as Sean is ready to get his single-dad on, his new boss demands that Sean and his fellow employees work harder and longer! How is anyone supposed to parent with a kid AND a job? And seemingly as an afterthought, save for a few attempts at humor, Sean is gay (his daughter asked, "If you're gay, how did you and mom have sex?" and then Sean was all thumbs with a tea set har har!). 

Before getting to the world, Sean must save his domestic life and his work life. At home, he has to deal with his increasingly independent and typical daughter Ellie (Samantha Isler) and overbearing mother Lorna (Linda Lavin). And at work—an "online retail business,"—he must cope with his new slave-driving boss Max (Thomas Lennon), along with his coworker friends Liz (Megan Hilty), Hunter (Echo Kellum), and Howard (Vik Sahay).

Watching Sean bounce between the two worlds splits the series in two, making it less about Sean the family man and less about Sean the working man and more about Sean the fidgety gay man who gets poked and prodded from all sides. But if I was forced to choose between the two worlds at gunpoint or being dangled over a kiddie pool full of ravenous piranha, uhhhh... the workplace side of things works much better. That's largely because of alterna-comedy vet Lennon, the only cast member who can pull off playing a stock sitcom character. But really, the workplace side is favorable because the "online retail business," despite its lack of details, is a more realized world with more potential, as opposed to Sean's home life, which is only Sean, Ellie, and Lorne. 


But that's not nearly enough to save Sean Saves the World, whose pilot was bogged down by comedy's Kryptonite: a lack of actual comedy. It doesn't matter whether a comedy is multi-camera (though this one is, to the extreme),  or whether it has a laugh track (this one does, and it's a doozy), or whether it's Frankensteined together from old sitcoms and ancient ideas. If the writing is there, it'll be good. And the writing just isn't there in Sean Saves the World

It appears that NBC decided to gamble quite a bit on Hayes' residual Will & Grace fame, then figured, "While we're at it, let's just relive that whole era"; Sean Saves the World has the contemporary feel of a brick-sized cell phone. The big first joke to hook the audience in, following some drums and a "Hey!" as the music-cue intro, involved Sean sticking a knife into a toaster to fish out some burnt bread, and then WHOOPS! Two slices went flying across the room and the automated laugh machine roared with delight as Hayes donned a Jerry Lewis face. Sean Saves the World's debut was basically 30 minutes of that.

The premiere also featured an extended scene in which Sean tried to escape his office by sneaking out through the bathroom window. It was pocked with the physical comedy that Sean Saves the World is in love with; Sean couldn't quite scurry up the wall to get to the window, he ended up getting hit in the face with a bag of uncooked chicken, and then he fell onto two nightstands and smashed through both of them. As he looked into the camera and rolled his eyes as he toppled over, his coworker Liz burst into the bathroom and delivered this haymaker of a punchline: "Wow, those nightstands really do add drama to any room." And that was probably one of the episode's better scenes.

Sean Saves the World isn't a creative enterprise looking to enrich the world, it's a joke factory where okay is good enough as long as there's a familiar face up front. Sean won't save the world, he won't save NBC, and he won't save Must See TV. The end is already near for this show, but there's still time to save yourself, and it starts with skipping Sean Saves the World



SAVE THE NOTES

– Why is Echo Kellum, who was so delightful in Ben & Kate, speaking the way he does in Sean Saves the World

– Was Hilty, who showed off her pipes in Smash, really the best choice for a sitcom role? Since she's roped into NBC, couldn't she have been used better in another show?

– So this is on, but Community isn't.

– Can you believe that Victor Fresco, the same man who created the excellent Better Off Ted, is also the creator of Sean Saves the World?


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AIRED ON 7/17/2014

Season 1 : Episode 15

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I was expecting horrors from the site's preview, but this actually wasn't that bad! Maybe it's because I loved Will & Grace, maybe I'm just nostalgic for old school sitcoms, but I liked it. I thought the new boss was hilarious, and I think that the father-daughter relationship was sweet and will really grow into something. I do agree in disappointment with the coworkers, but it's not like they got a ton of time to be fleshed out yet, so I'm sure they'll improve.
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"– Can you believe that Victor Fresco, the same man who created the excellent Better Off Ted, is also the creator of Sean Saves the World?"

Oh, Better Of Ted - such a great show. Bring that back please instead of this
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I would give you 10 thumbs up if I could. I still watch Better off Ted and can't believe it got cancelled so soon. It was amazingly funny and original (oh wait-those are bad things in TV world)
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So NBC plans to attract "Will and Grace" fans. Their strategy is to stick Sean Hayes into a comedy that is completely opposite to "Will and Grace" in style, tone, and edginess.

Sounds like another winner, NBC. High fives all around. :|
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Exact opposite of what you said is true
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Speaking of which: when does the Dead Pool starts?

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this is on my dead pool. have any shows been officially cancelled yet...like dads, ironside, we are men, this show & dracula? those were my picks.

would have picked super fun night, but someone before me had picked my same exact set so i changed to dracula.
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I don't know. I don't think it was the worst. Did you see We Are Men? I laughed, I loveeeee Linda Lavin and I have this weird thing where I must watch anything a cast member of Will & Grace is in.
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You guys are setting my expectations too low with your previews. I probably wouldn't have watched this but I wanted to see how bad it was - and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Far from great and it's sad NBC is heading this direction with their comedies rather then the Parks and Rec direction.
But it was watchable (maybe while doing something else), none of this seasons sitcoms (yet) have been as bad as The Neighbors
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Call me the fruit loop here, but I liked it. Yes, it was over the top at times, but it still made me laugh. And I'll always love Sean Hayes. The fact that his character in this clearly resembles his portrayal of Jack is only a bonus to me and probably the main reason I will stick around and watch this for as long as it's on air. I've needed something to fill the void Will & Grace left back in 2005. so thank you Sean Saves the World. Maybe you don't save the world, but you at least have saved that.
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About what I expected from Sean Hayes, but it's the underlings that had me bummed. Soooooo many funny and talented supporting actors in this show. I feel bad for each and every one of them being mired in this muck.

If I hadn't read it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed that the guy that made the terrific (and still missed) Better Off Ted also made this.
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Sean Hayes wasn't funny before and he's not funny now.
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Wow!!!!! Harsh, I laughed out loud a few times, not great but not bad either I'll give it a chance.
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i loved it! I mean its the best new comedy i've seen so far!
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I thought Hayes was on Smash last year, does that return not count as official? So, I guess there were not alot of laughs in this comedy.
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He was. They don't count that as official because he wasn't returning as a star of the show; he was just guest starring.
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I really enjoyed it!
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I think it tried too hard. The best things about it were Hilty, Lavin, and the talking bird, but that's not saying much at all. Isler is apparently new to acting and may have potential. That scene where he is asked by his daughter how he had sex with her mother was shown in ads and actually gave me hope it might be surprisingly good, but alas, no. The workplace was the worst, imo. Way too generic with cliche (?) extras at their desks or cubicles. None of office stuff was funny for me. I'll not be watching anymore.

Also, it was only one piece of toast that went flying...

I did like Welcome to the Family better and will give it another chance or two.
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Yes, one slice of toast. He even made a comment something like "It's half a sandwich day."
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Oh crap, I guess we're all going to hell because Sean can't save us.
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It was exhausting reading this review. Glad I chose to pass on this one (and that I stuck it in my Deadpool picks).
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No, no I cannot believe that.
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I sort of enjoyed the pilot. I was expecting it to be way over the top but it wasn't. It was also not funny throughout the episode but had it moments and the assembled cast has good chemistry. If this show is not cancelled after 9 episodes, I think it has potential to be really good!
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I... I actually, weirdly enjoyed this show. Maybe it was the mishmashed cast, reminding me of better shows (e.g. Chuck, Ben & Kate) or something. Who knows. Pretty sure I rolled my eyes a few times, but I can't say I disliked it.
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