The Marriage Ref

Sunday 10:00 PM on NBC Premiered Feb 28, 2010 In Season


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  • Unfunny and forced

    Wow, this show is bad:

    -- Tom Papa is about as funny on this show as Bob Sagat was on America's Funniest Home Videos. Either he needs new writers, or the dude just needs to be replaced

    -- Bringing in unfunny celebrities like Madonna and Eva Longoria Parker and surrounding them with funny people does not make them funny. It only makes it all the more apparent how not funny they really are. There are plenty of A, B, and C list comedians out there (ever watch "I Love the ____" for example?) looking for work; don't water down the comedy of the show just for the novelty factor. -- The dialogue between the panel feels so forced and overedited that it makes me cringe inside. There are plenty of shows similar to this format that do this the right way, so I'm not sure who this falls on; it can be a challenge to get a good rhythm going between funny and unfunny people since the unfunny ones invariable kill it, so maybe that's the problem

    -- Finally, the footage taken of the couple's "problem" is hard to watch. Like most reality shows, the situation is obviously staged (and it's usually bad enough to watch), but watching people who are untrained actors and not used to being in the public eye have a fake argument for the camera make it much, much worse. I'm not really sure what the solution is here (maybe a pictorial with a running narrative from both parties? I dunno), but it's painful.

    Is this how Seinfeld would have been without Larry David? I shudder to think of what might have been.