Too bad THIS Miller family doesn’t have Jennifer Anniston.
Maybe then it would be watchable. As it stands, its a pretty
tough sell. It would surprise me if this show made it to the
holidays, but you never know how much a network will invest
in a show that has pretty significant star power. That being
said, let me warn you that Will Arnett and Beau Bridges are
being wasted in this show that delivers its jokes like its
bludgeoning you over the head.
Bridges and Margo Martindale play Mom and Dad Miller, and
their contentious, mean-spirited jeering doesn’t resonate as
funny; its bleak, and it makes you want to refer them to a
family counselor. Will Arnett plays the recently divorced
Nathan and this character is so far from his classic role as
Gob Bluth that you barely recognize him as the same actor.
He isn’t doing much to stand out or use his considerable
comedic talents, either. Nathan spends most of the show
orbiting around and reacting to Martindale’s Carol. This
show participates in the latest trend in sitcoms in which
they shout at each other and at the viewer, and expect us
not to notice that its not as funny as it should be or that
it is relying way too heavily on tired jokes. The MIllers
makes fart jokes, for heaven’s sake! The joke, however, is
on them, as Nathan lectures his mother about the farting
after she tells him some people think they’re funny. As if
he can read our minds he tells her, “If you can’t hear them
they aren’t funny. They are just gross.” That’s what I was
gonna say… about The Millers.
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