The Best of This Fall’s TV Comedies
With summer finally over, there are many reasons to look forward to fall – nice cool weather and Halloween included. But, one of the most popular reasons is to view the new highly anticipated television comedies. Which new show will be the best 2013 TV comedy? Let’s find out.
Fox’s new comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is on the top of the fall 2013 best new television comedy list.
The show depicts a gifted, but immature New York City police detective played by Andy Samberg as he navigates a working relationship with his strict 99th precinct Commanding Officer, Captain Ray Holt. Holt is played by Andy Braugher. Critics love the dynamics between Braugher and Samberg — good chemistry. It’s also refreshing to watch a comedy based on a police department — a bit unusual, but it works. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” set to air right after the Superbowl, shows Fox has a great deal of confidence in the show.
Among the highly anticipated 2013 TV comedies is “Enlisted” — a military comedy about three brothers on a military base. The show stars Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young as the Hill brothers. While most of the soldiers are deployed overseas, the Hill brothers are left behind on base for Rear Detachment — an unwanted post. Despite the let-down, the brothers learn to work together, strengthening their bond. Look out for “Enlisted,” which is set to air on Fox. So far the series is just 13 episodes, but if it performs as expected the network is likely to order more.
HBO’s new comedy, “Hello Ladies,” aired September 29, 2013. The show stars Stephen Merchant as Stuart — a gawky self-absorbed Englishman looking for love in Los Angeles. For Stuart, this means becoming a social butterfly, frequenting local bars and clubs to pick up women and occasionally using crude language. The series is based on Merchant’s stand up show by the same name. “Hello Ladies” airs for nine episodes ending in November.
The CBS TV comedy “Mom” started aired in September 2013. Starring Anna Faris, the show depicts a single mom trying to manage her life and relationships with her kids after becoming sober. Critics are on the fence about whether the show will be successful. Although Christy, Faris’ character, is funny at times, she’s not as likeable as expected — a pity since Faris is so likeable. Allison Janney, however, who plays Faris’ mother is enjoyable to watch, but in too few scenes. Despite the mixed reviews, CBS has given “Mom” a big vote of confidence by ordering a full season of episodes. The show airs Mondays at 9:30 pm EST /8:30 CST.
TV critics are liking the new ABC comedy “Trophy Wife,” which follows a reformed party girl — Kate Harrison played by Malin Ackerman — after she marries a lawyer she met in a karaoke bar. Unexpectedly, she now has to deal with his two ex-wives, his children and his complicated extended family. Critics such as TVLine’s Matt Webb are praising “Trophy Wife” for Ackerman’s “fun-loving warm personality” on the show. Since its airing, ABC has ordered three additional episodes — a good sign.
“The Crazy Ones”
Robin Williams stars in the CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones” as an executive at an advertising agency who works with uptight daughter and protege played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. Expect to see references to real companies and guest stars playing themselves such as Kelly Clarkson and Josh Groban. “The Crazy Ones” airs on CBS Thursdays at 9:00 pm EST/ 8:00 pm CST.
With all of the great cable TV deals to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to judge for yourself. Happy watching!