THE GREAT INDOORS
Starring: Joel McHale, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Williams, Susannah Fielding, Christine Ko, Shaun Brown, and Stephen Fry
Created by Mike Gibbons
Written by Mike Gibbons, Directed by Andy Ackerman
The Great Indoors is a tired new sitcom that pits Joel McHale against millennials. McHale plays Jack Gordon, who has been all around the world for the Outdoor Limits magazine. When he returns home, he finds out the magazine is moving to an online-only publication and he is put in charge by founder Roland (Stephen Fry) alongside his daughter, Brooke (Susannah Fielding), who has a romantic history with Jack. Jack and Brooke are put in charge of a group of millennials who - surprise! - Jack has nothing in common with.
For his part, McHale felt a little sad in this role. After his edgy run as the host of Talk Soup and then the lead on beloved cult hit Community, McHale has always felt "cool." But since the end of Community, he somehow made the transition from a hip guy to a lame dad. I might have bought this "rugged outdoorsman not in touch with the digital age" character if he was played by a young Craig T. Nelson for example but I didn't buy it at all from McHale. He has felt far too much in touch to play someone completely out of touch and I also didn't really buy him as an outdoorsman on top of that.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
I'll probably give it another week or two to see if it's heading in a good direction.