12 New Comedy TV Series Reviews: Which Fall 2013 Series To Watch?

12 New Comedy TV Series Reviews: Which Fall 2013 Series To Watch?

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I spent most of this weekend in one of my favorite places in NYC, The Paley Center for Media, attending the PaleyFest Previews Fall TV. I watched 12 network comedies that are premiering this fall and two dramas. For now, I’m going to give you a rundown of the 12 comedies

 

New Comedy TV Series

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

There are a few things that most of these new network fall comedies have in comedy. Most of them are about families. More specifically, many of them are about dads. And, regardless of what I thought of each series, they all have exceptional casts.

4 Stars – New Comedy TV Series to Definitely Check Out

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) – Andy Samberg (SNL) plays a detective, who doesn’t like following rules. Andre Braugher (Homocide: Life on the Street) is his new commanding officer, who firmly believes in rules and regulations. It was so much better than I thought. I was worried Samberg might play it like an SNL sketch and be a little too over-the -top. However, he was perfect in the role. And the rest of the supporting cast as the other detectives in the 99th precinct are great fun.

New Comedy TV Series

Mom

Mom (CBS) – First off, this series if from the comic genius of Chuck Lorre, a man who has created many funny and popular sitcoms, the most recent being The Big Bang Theory. Next you should know that Anna Ferris, the star of this show is hysterically funny. She plays a single mom, Christy, of a teenage girl and young son. She is in AA and is an alcoholic because of her mother. Now, her mother, Allison Janney (The West Wing) shows up and want’s to be part of her life again, even though she hasn’t changed a bit. This is all played for laughs and it works. Christy is a waitress having an affair with her boss (Nate Corddry).  Her son’s father (Matt Jones, Badger from Breaking Bad) hangs around her home and her teen daughter’s boyfriend sneaks in and out of her bedroom window. While Mom might not be a role model for kids, it is an hysterically funny TV series and at the top of my list to watch.

New Comedy TV Series

The Crazy Ones

The Crazy Ones (CBS) – I would watch this show for the cast alone, but luckily I don’t have to because it is also very good. The Crazy Ones stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar as a father and daughter team running an ad agency. Working for them are James Wolk (Mad Men, Political Animals), Amanda Setton (OLTL, The Mindy Project) and Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Newsroom). I love all 5 of them. Robin Williams has a toned down version of his old craziness which is perfect for his age and for the show. I love that they use real companies for their ad campaigns and Kelly Clarkson guest stars in the pilot episode. And, watch out for James Wolk. He is to die for.

New Comedy TV Series

The Millers

The Millers (CBS) – Another show with a great cast, although, as I said in my opening, almost all the shows this year have that in common.  When Will Arnett’s (Arrested Development, Up All Night) parents, Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale, come to visit, he tells them that he and his wife divorced. This prompts his father to tell his mother that he wants a divorce which leads his mother to move in with him and his father to move in with his sister Jayma Mays (Glee).  This type of plot could go either way (See Dads below) but here it works perfectly. The acting, script, characters all come together into non-stop laughter.

New Comedy TV Series

The Michael J. Fox Show

The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) – Who isn’t going to check this out? It’s Michael J. Fox. This is exactly what happens in his show. In the Michael J. Fox show, Michael plays Mike Henry, a beloved newscaster who quits his job after he is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. When he finally decides to go back to work, he doesn’t want to play on the public’s emotions to get them to watch. But how can it not, and the same is true in his real life. However, the series is completely a comedy and does not allow itself to get maudlin. Betsy Brandt (Marie on Breaking Bad) is wonderful as Mike’s wife and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it.

 

3 Stars – New Comedy TV Series You Should Probably Check Out

New Comedy TV Series

Back in the Game

Back in the Game (ABC) – Terry (Maggie Lawson, Psych) a former softball player has to move home with her estranged father (James Caan) after her life falls apart. When her son doesn’t make the Little League  baseball team, she winds up coaching a team of misfits. The good – once again I liked the cast. The bad – the kids that Terry are coaching are kids that don’t even seem to want to play, that never would have tried out, and are just way too miscast. This show could still go either way.

New Comedy TV Series

Trophy Wife

Trophy Wife (ABC) – Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) plays Pete, a man divorced twice with 3 kids. He meets Kate (Malin Akerman) and they get married, and now former party-girl must learn to deal with ex-wives and step-children. The ex-wives are played by Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins. I enjoyed this very much and it was close to being a 4 star.  Malin Akerman was adorable and funny as always. I think what held me back was the contrived situations for laughs. This show could also go either way and has great potential.

New Comedy TV Series

We are Men

We Are Men (CBS) – If you can deal with watching men being men, this is a very funny show. Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell, and Chris Smith star in this male bonding show about three divorced men and a man just left at the altar, living in a singles complex and having each others backs. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

New Comedy TV Series

Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family (NBC) – High school graduation. The not-very-bright graduate of a Caucasian family discovers she is pregnant by her valedictorian boyfriend from a Latino family. When they tell their parents they are going to skip college and marry, their is a clash of cultures, especially among the fathers, played by Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) and Mike O’Malley (Kurt’s dad on Glee). I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. I’ll definitely check out the next episode though.

 

2 Stars New Comedy TV Series to Check Out if they Sound Appealing

New Comedy TV Series

Dads

Dads (Fox) – Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi star as partners at a video game business. Their dads, Peter Riegert and Martin Mull drive them crazy. They drove me crazy also. And there were also some not very politically correct comments having to do with an Asian woman working in the video game office.

New Comedy TV Series

The Goldbergs

The Goldbergs (ABC) – Think The Wonder Years, except picture the 80s instead of the 60s, with a Jewish family that constantly yells. I am Jewish and I didn’t enjoy it.  The only reason I even gave it 2 stars instead of 1, is that I always enjoy seeing Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) who plays the father and George Segal, who plays the grandfather.

New Comedy TV Series

Sean Saves the World

Sean Saves the World (NBC) – I really wanted to like this because I’m a big fan of Sean Hayes (Will and Grace). Of the three shows in this category, this series has the best chance of moving up to 3 stars. Sean plays a divorced gay dad whose 14 year old daughter moves in with him, and Linda Lavin is his mom. The problem I had wasn’t with the concept it was with the execution. It actually seemed like a very old-fashioned show. There was a pronounced laugh track and the whole show just seemed like set-up, joke, etc.  Megan Hilty of Smash will be replacing another actress as the role of Sean’s best friend and co-worker. While that might help draw viewers. casting was not part of my problem with the show. However, I hope it gets better, because I want to like it more than I do.

 

Which new comedy TV series are you most excited to watch this fall 2013 season?

See also: Television Moms: How Do You Compare?

 

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  1. I’m anxious to see how these shows are. It’s always hard to tell from the early commercials. I’m really excited for the Michael J. Fox show and also want to see The Millers, The Goldbergs and the Dads. I did see an extended preview of Mom and really think it doesn’t have a chance to even make it through the first season.

  2. Looks like some good shows and some not so good shows are coming on. Every time I see the promo for Sean Saves the World, all I can think of is “Just Jack!” his hope to be show from Will & Grace

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing Sleepy Hollow. Had a sneak peek at Comic-Con and love where it’s going.

  4. What a fun list! Moms looks good, we love Big Bang Theory!

  5. I’m looking forward to The Crazy Ones and Dads!

  6. How fun! I can’t wait to check out some new shows. I am here to say, I love to watch TV!

  7. Since I’m in the UK, I don’t suppose we’ll get all of these shows straight away, and some possibly never, but there’s a few in here I’m sure my teenagers would enjoy. The one I’d like to see is the Michael J. Fox show: I hugely admire him, especially after reading his memoir.
    My teens are eagerly awaiting the last series of “How I Met Your Mother,” and now that it’s nearly over they’ve got me hooked.

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