A couple of comedies for you this week!
Animal Practice: 2 Stars. I like this show even though I have no idea where it’s going. Centered around a veterinarian (Justin Kirk of Weeds fame), and his staff, everything about this show is quirky. The side characters – who include a monkey – are totally off the wall in a Community sort of way, although they don’t work quite as well (yet, anyways). The plot lines and three main characters, played by Kirk, JoAnna Garcia, and Tyler Labine, are only slightly less zany. However, so far the show has done a good job of walking the fine line between out-right-ridiculous and endearing. In the end this show could still go either way for me. Though I like seeing both Kirk and Garcia on tv again (Reba is one of my favorite shows), the show’s fate really depends on how well they continue to develop the characters and plot lines so that things don’t get stale after the first season. We’ll see where they go with it! Animal Practice airs Wednesday nights at 8p on NBC.
Guys With Kids: 1 Star. I just don’t really know what to say about this show. I enjoy the premise, it’s your basic family comedy, but with a refreshing perspective by centering around the men learning the ropes of raising kids. Unfortunately, however, they’re still shown as the more inept parents. It gets a few chuckles, but overall something about the show falls flat. It seems to me like they’re trying too hard, attempting to cram in as many laughs as possible. You can almost see the thought process that went into the script – instead of the jokes flowing naturally/conversationally, they come across as staged and forced. I become acutely aware that I was watching actors play for laughs on a screen, much more so than any other show so far this season. I don’t want to give up on it because I keep hoping it will get better, but at this point I’m thinking it’s going to be the first to fall by the wayside – especially because it airs at the same time as The Neighbors! (Upon doing research for this post I discovered it was created by Jimmy Fallon, which immediately explained my feelings. I always find myself feeling like his comedy is forced.) Guys With Kids airs Wednesday nights at 8:30p on NBC
Have you been watching Animal Practice or Guys With Kids? What do you think?