The best part of being a TV critic is celebrating awesome shows, examining contradictory ones, thinking out loud about fascinating characters and trying to come to terms with everything that’s confounding and compelling about the medium.
Then there’s the “I Watched So You Don’t Have To” part of the job, which is one of the most important aspects of the gig, in my opinion. If the time I’ve spent watching crappy pilots can help just one person, it’s all been worth it. Almost.
Welcome to my mini-reviews of “Guys with Kids,” “Partners" and "Neighbors,” which prove that three different networks can come up with sitcoms that are ferociously awful in very different ways.
Skip It - it’s either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there’s potential, will give it a second chance
Let’s take a look at “Partners” …
Jaimie Etkin: Skip It There is a running — yes, running — heart on/hard on joke. Enough said.
Maggie Furlong: DVR It Holy hell my colleagues really don’t like this one. Maybe I was tired when I watched (or, more likely, just emotionally beat down by all the other horrible shows in this new season’s crop), but I laughed at a few things Michael Urie’s character said, and that’s more than I can say for some other upcoming “comedies.”
We’ve seen Fox’s new fall and midseason pilots, and while they’re not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.