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Primetime Show Reviews
Review by Suzanne 2/26/06
I really want to like this show because I love William
Devane, and I think Jane Curtain and Fred Savage are great, too.
The show just tries very hard to be kooky, but it's not funny enough.
The actors are very likable, even when they are talking about killing
The show is about a very dysfunctional family. It worked
with "Married with Children", but it doesn't work here. We're supposed to
believe that Jane Curtin just got out of a mental hospital for shooting her
husband (Devane). Fred Savage is one of their sons. He is gay but
has a hard time telling his family the truth. So far, that is really the only
part of the show that works for me. He is also a writer that sold one
screenplay to Hollywood but now has to return to work in his family's restaurant
business because he is broke (they don't know that about him, either).
Devane's character doesn't seem as well-defined as the others.
He is not a good father or husband, but other than that, it is not clear what is
wrong with him. Curtin is just a nutsy, over-bearing mother who still
loves her husband. They have another son who also works in the restaurant, and
the whole family helps out, despite their problems.
I hope the show gets better and funnier, and the characters more
defined, but so far it is not very good.
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