Starring: Jermaine Fowler, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Darien Sills-Evans, Anna Baryshnikov, Rell Battle, with Katey Sagal, and Judd Hirsch
Based on the Play by Tracy Letts
Developed by Bob Daily, Neil Goldman, and Garrett Donovan
Teleplay by Bob Daily, Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan, Directed by James Burrows
Let's start with the very best thing about this show and that is without question, Judd Hirsch. Hirsch is a sitcom legend and he is still killing it at age 81. He doesn't seem nearly that old and still has great comedic timing and presence. It's impressive what a long and exceptional career he has had and I feel like he doesn't always get recognition for that. One other aspect I loved was the title card, which was eye catching and nostalgic.
Despite my reservations about the pilot, I still have hope for this show. Many of these multi-camera sitcoms with the canned laughter have rough beginnings. There is too much forced chemistry and exposition. Once this show can become a regular sitcom, it might have a chance to be funny because the cast is good for the most part. Let it be about the comings and goings of people in a small neighborhood donut shop. Don't make it about a millennial vs. an old man or a misunderstanding of different cultures and races. Focus on the characters, not their types and maybe this show can work. Also, let Judd Hirsch be a reactor to other crazier characters. That's what he does best.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
I will definitely give it a second episode to see how it settles in.