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"Dads" review by Sundi 9/12/13
Tuesdays 8/7c on FOX

I have been in a very tumultuous relationship with the Fox series, Dads, since I first heard of it in the Spring. At first, I couldn’t wait to see two of my generation’s favorite sons together. Who doesn’t love the acerbic charm and quirky sensibilities of Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, respectively? Then, the show started to get a lot of bad press about its apparent insensitivity to some minority groups and I began to question my loyalties. But, in spite of my doubts after all the not-so-hot press, I liked it, and I laughed. A lot.

The premise is simple. Two, thirty-something men are forced to take in their aging dads and must deal with the complex and often dysfunctional terrain of the father-son dynamic. Ribisi plays Warner-- married to Camilla (Vanessa Lachey), with two children, and son to Crawford played by Martin Mull. Green plays Eli -- a more worldly, more grown-up version of every character Green has ever played, and son to David played by Peter Riegert. Brenda Song, as Veronica, (remember her from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody?) plays an employee at the video game company in which they are partnered.

Even though some of the gags are predictable and sometimes a little off color (think Veronica in a Sailor Moon costume, giggling coyly -- Asian school-girl style) and the male characters border on cliché, this show is funny. Perhaps it just hits the sweet spot of my demographic; capitalizing on the angst associated with parental relationships of people my age, but this show strikes the perfect balance of silliness and wit. The comedic timing of Ribisi and Green is unmatched and even the most tired of bits zing when they are dissected and delivered with genius deadpan.

To answer some critics that charge the show with being insensitive, I say this, “you’re right.” But, in its defense, it is democratically so. There are few groups that don’t take a hit in the two episodes I watched. Coming from the same folks who brought us the movie Ted, and Fox’s animated hit Family Guy, the bar is firmly set in place about the type of humor we are in for. The show is pretty obviously tongue-in-cheek, so the earnest conversations between the sons and fathers at the end rings a little false, but what’s not to love about a show that can float an exchange like this, “Thanks, Dad. That means a lot.” “Yes, son. And so does plethora.”



TUE SEPT 17 8/7c

ELI (Seth Green) and WARNER (Giovanni Ribisi) are business partners – and childhood best friends – whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck dads, DAVID (Peter Riegert) and CRAWFORD (Martin Mull), move in with them in the all-new “Pilot” series premiere episode of DADS airing Tuesday, Sept. 17 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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