It's time for March Madness, guys! I know what you're thinking, but I'm not talking about that silly game with the baskets and the balls and LeBron "Ugh" James. I'm talking about the game of trying to figure out which TV shows should make it to the next round of your "DVR-worthy" midseason bracket! And the latest show to the patented Hey TV.com Whaddaya Say? treatment is USA's new EMT. comedy Sirens. Is it hilarious enough to heal even the broken-est of funny bones, or will make you flatline? Let's find out... stat. #paramedicjokes
Sirens? Please tell me this show has nothing to do with Greek mythology.
Don't worry, it has nothing to do with Greek mythology or Homer or the Odyssey. However, it does have a lot to do with paramedics and dirty jokes about internet porn and penises. Sirens is a workplace comedy based on the U.K. series of the same name, about a trio of EMTs—two veterans and one newb—who find themselves in all sorts of ridiculous situations due to the nature of their work. USA's version is set in Chicago, and because it's practically television law for all new-comedy loglines to feature quirky "See what we did there?!" set-ups, perhaps you've already guessed that even though Sirens' main characters literally save lives as part of their job, their own lives are kinda messy.
Who created Sirens, and who stars in it?
The series was adapted from the original British version by Denis Leary (Rescue Me) and Bob Fisher (Traffic Light), and it stars Michael Mosley (Longmire), Kevin Daniels (Modern Family's Longines), and Kevin Bigley (Game Change) as the three paramedics at the center of the series. Mosley is Johnny, the de facto leader of the trio; Daniels plays Johnny's best friend Hank; and Bigley portrays Brian, the new guy who joins their team. But don't worry, Sirens isn't a total sausage party: Jessica McNamee (Home and Away) brings some estrogen to the show as Theresa, a Chicago cop and Johnny's ex-girlfriend/current friend with benefits/confusing relationship with a woman. Rounding out the cast are Maura Kidwell (Chicago Fire) as Stats, Kelly O'Sullivan as Voodoo, and Bill Nunn (Spider-Man) as Cash.
When do the Sirens start flashing?
Sirens debuts with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, March 6 at 10pm on USA, immediately following the mid-season premiere of Suits. Its competition includes Scandal on ABC, Parenthood on NBC, and Elementary on CBS.
I like Show X, will I enjoy Sirens?
If Show X is a show currently airing on USA, then... maybe? Sirens doesn't really feel like anything USA has been putting out lately, but that might be a compliment. This is a foul-mouthed, perverted comedy aimed at the immature goofball in all of us. If anything, I'd say that it'd be more at home alongside FX comedies like The League and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's also somewhat reminiscent of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but way raunchier.
What's noteworthy about Sirens?
There's a lot to like as long as you're not easily offended by crass humor, which I'm not. This is an example of how crude language can be funny in the right context and forum (unlike, say, Mixology's douchebag humor). Out of all the new comedies debuting this spring, I'd put Sirens near the top—if not at the top—for actually making me laugh out loud. But it's not all jokes all the time; the series finds a way to work in some rather heavy subjects without feeling off balance.
Also good: Sirens' characters all have very distinct personalities and they work well together, interacting in a way that feels genuine. This is obviously a workplace comedy, but so far, it's a workplace I actually want to visit again.
What about Sirens sets off the fire alarm?
The show's off-color humor might offend or turn away some viewers, especially on a network like USA, where working blue generally means keeping the skies beautiful and cloud-free. It airs at 10pm (and almost certainly has to, given much of the language and subject matter), and it's the network's first-ever original half-hour comedy. I'm worried that the typical USA audience won't take to it, and also that people who appreciate this type of humor would never think to look for it on USA.
So, should I watch it?
I wholeheartedly say yes. Unless you're sensitive to jokes about porn, of course.
Let's take a look at a trailer then!
Here you go!
Sirens premieres Thursday, March 6 at 10pm on USA.
AIRED ON 5/1/2014
Season 1 : Episode 10