I have to say, it has been years since I’ve been an avid watcher of any sitcom on any network. My TV watching mostly comes in the form of my favorite reality (crap) TV shows, History Channel specials and the dramas I’m addicted to including Mad Men, Dexter, Homeland and The Walking Dead. The rest of the time I’m watching (or rather, rewatching) my favorites on Netflix (mostly Doctor Who and Gossip Girl.) Any sitcoms I’ve liked in recent years have been British ones that I have also watched on Netflix or online.
This year has been a little different. I actually found two network sitcoms that I always watch (usually on DVR though): The New Girl and GCB.
The New Girl has received a lot of praise and fandom since premiering in late September 2011. There’s usually that moment in every episode where it becomes quite, cheesily clear that “here’s the moral of this story”. There are times when I watch it and I feel like it could be better by leaps and bounds but overall, I love it. Maybe I identify with Zooey Deschanel’s nerd-ball character, Jess. (I too live with three dudes and make Lord of the Rings references at inappropriate times.) Regardless, like most of the country, I love The New Girl.
The New Girl :: 9pm Tuesdays on Fox
I found a very unlikely favorite in GCB when it premiered on March 4, 2012. The show follows a recent widow, Amanda, whose husband had cheated on her and committed fraud before attempting to flee the country. (He died in a car crash while receiving roadh**d from Amanda’s bff on the way to Mexico.) Amanda returns home to Texas with nothing and has to move back in with her mother and attempt to rebuild her life. The jokes come from the horrid, spiteful and hypocritical actions from the Good Christian Bitches of high society Dallas. I mostly fell in love with Kristen Chenoweth and Annie Potts’ characters. I love the both of them no matter what they do.
GCB :: 10pm Sundays on ABC
With my faith in network sitcoms somewhat restored, I’m actually really excited to give Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23 a try when it premiers on ABC on April 11, 2012 at 9:30pm. I’m hoping it’ll be something worth DVRing every week, but I won’t know until I see it.
Not worth watching? StevieTV… She’s not funny and anything that is funny is a direct and blatant rip-off from The Soup. (The Soup writers should receive royalties… seriously) Stevie needs to start making jokes about these reality shows before others, then, maybe, just maybe, she’ll have something worth watching. I also just get annoyed with her “i’m so originally and adorably funny and so not like other girls” crap between the copy-cat skits; the “Jenny McCarthy thing” has been overdone… by Jenny McCarthy… 15 years ago. Stevie is pretty much the perfect example of “women comedians aren’t funny”… they very rarely are.