Right after Hank was this single-camera comedy starring Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Neil Flynn (the janitor on Scrubs). Anyone catch it, or did too many people bail early on the Kelsey Grammar dud to give this one a chance?
I thought it was OK and funny enough in parts to give it a chance. It’s obviously taking its cues from Malcolm in the Middle, though with a heavier emphasis on the flyover state aspect (the show is set in Indiana). They’re not quite blue collar like Roseanne but they’re still trying to make ends meet in thankless jobs and the concessions around parenting and running a household with both parents working (dinner, school commitments, etc.) were handled pretty well.
While I’ve always liked the two leads, they haven’t shown the chemistry that made the other two shows I mentioned so priceless. But I like that all the kids are semi-losers in their own way, but still fairly likable (since it seems like in these shows, one kid is always a genius). And most of the supporting players didn’t devolve into lazy charicatures (yet)–and even Chris Kattan showed restraint!
We’ll see, but I’m willing to stick it out for another ep or two (though I hope the ABC product placements stay isolated to the pilot).