The following are not reviews, but rather first impressions of NBC’s upcoming new comedies debuting this fall: Guys with Kids, Animal Practice, Go On, and The New Normal. A few of them have premiered already–Go On and The New Normal–during the Olympics but we’ve had the opportunity to see all of them and wanted to share our quick impressions of all of them.
Guys With Kids – Premiere Date: September 26, Wednesdays at 8/7C
Synopsis: “Guys with Kids” is a new comedy from Jimmy Fallon about three 30-something dads who try to hold on to their youth as they face the responsibilities of having kids. Thankfully, Gary (Anthony Anderson, Law & Order), Chris (Jesse Bradford, The West Wing) and Nick (Zach Cregger, Friends with Benefits) have each other to help navigate the highs and lows of fatherhood – while still trying desperately to remain dudes.
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My Spidey-sense was blaring watching this one. Being a dad I can tell you that this show lazily takes all of the grief of parents polled and spills them onto a script with no real creativity. The Peacock already has a great show about being parents-holding-onto-their-youth called Up All Night. NBC, why would you water down one of your better launches from last season with this show!
Take the opening scene for instance, the men, wearing their infant children to their chests with Baby Bjorns (how long can we carry out that joke from The Hangover?) try to get their recently divorced friend a date in the bar. What’s funny or new about this? Nothing. What they should have been doing was showing how hard it is to get into a bar with children since most great bars and restaurants don’t allow children. This opener was so bad that the seed was planted that these writers don’t even have kids to know what’s funny about being a parent and a “dude”. Where’s the dad with a baby wrap?
Guys with Kids is filled with uninspired writing. The only couple that rings sincere is Anthony Anderson and Tempestt Bledsoe, who play parents of four and can barely find time to share a kiss or spoil themselves with five minutes of silence. Maybe they can find a way to move out of this show and into Up All Night, where they could form a play group with Reagan and Chris.
Buzzfocus Verdict: Tune Out!