Hello Eastbound Nine-Nine

By: Tory  |  Published: November 12th, 2013   |  Category: Film, Tory Shulman News

 

“D-V-R YOU READY FOR THIS TUESDAY?”

I love murder shows. Dateline, 20/20, Snapped, On the Case with Paula Zahn etc. I don’t know why. Is it because I like suspense? Is it because I find Keith Morrison extremely handsome? I think it’s a little of column A and a little of column B.

But I’ve been trying to enjoy more light hearted comedies since I’m having murder nightmares at least 5 times a week.  I’ve found three that are DVR ready that I wanted to share.

1) Hello, Ladies

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Some good ol awkward Stephen Merchant is always welcome on my plate. (so is cheese. I love cheese) He plays a quirky web designer trying desperately to hook up with any of the gorgeous models and actresses floating around Los Angeles. Great co stars including new SNL member Kyle Mooney and Christine Woods who plays his roomate/eventual love interest/struggling actress in her own right.

Pros: If you like awkward–this is the show for you. Every episode trumps the last with how many times Merchant can put his foot in his mouth in front of the ladies. Great dry British humor filmed on a slick LA backdrop–it is a fun and easy show to catch each week.

Cons: The situations can sometimes get so awkward and outrageous that they seem entirely too far-fetched and highly unrealistic. I’ve also heard valid complaints against Stephen Merchant’s mean streak in this show that can, at times, seem oddly cruel.

2) Eastbound and Down

 

imagesI always thought I would hate this show but I can’t NOT watch. It’s all about McBride and his outlandish, egotistical statements that get me every time. McBride plays Kenny Powers, a disgraced ex MLB star making a comeback and losing his wife and family in the process.

Pros: Danny McBride. You either love him or think he is a chauvinist with a pube mullet. I happen to love him and think when Kenny Powers goes off on a narcissistic rant-it’s the best part of the show

Cons: It might just be me, but I don’t get the humor of his buddy Stevie played by Steve Little. And, at times, you feel a little like Kenny Powers’ soon to be ex-wife: tired and annoyed by his repetitive behavior.

 

3) Brooklyn Nine-Nine

 

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A screw ball Cops comedy showcasing Andy Samberg as a man-child Brooklyn detective with Andre Braugher as his absurdly stern Captain.

Pros: The writing. It’s my favorite of all three. I love the pacing and the hilarious quick vignettes (similar to Samberg’s Digital Shorts on SNL). The co stars are fantastic including my favorite: Jo Lo Truglio. And Andre Braugher’s hard-to-read Captain Holt is  quickly becoming one of my favorite breakout characters this year.

Cons: Sometimes it can get a little too much tongue in cheek–but it really hasn’t been a problem for me.

So get out your remotes to enjoy some new shows and check back next week for “D-V-R YOU READY FOR THIS TUESDAY?”

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