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"Weird Loners" review by Suzanne 3/30/15
Premieres Tuesday 3/31 on FOX

I don't know if this will be everybody's cup of tea, but it sure made me laugh quite a lot. I don't like most of the sitcoms today. I grew up with shows like Mary Tyler Moore that had a laugh track and/or a live studio audience, so it's still odd to me not to have laughter on sitcoms. Also, I just don't find a lot of the humor on shows like "Modern Family" or "2 Broke Girls"; I odn't think they're very funny.  However, I do like this show and it's pretty funny most of the time.

I don't usually like sitcoms that have tender moments or that make you cry, either, but this one is an exception. I really like the characters and how they grow during the show, and how their relationships develop. I especially like Stosh and his relationship with Caryn. They have a great deal of chemistry.

The show is about how four random single New York people in their 30's become friends. Caryn wants to find a guy but usually chooses "bad boys." Her mom and grandmother are pressuring her to marry this guy she knows but doesn't love.  Her next door neighbor, Eric, has spent most of his life living with his parents and is quite a big dork, almost a man-child.  He's not very bright but has a lot of enthusiasm.  Eric's cousin Stosh comes to stay with him after his dad dies, and Stosh has lost his job. Eric buys a painting by Zara, and they end up hanging out, and then she becomes Caryn's roommate. Zara is a neat little character, even if they don't tell you as much about her at first as they do the other three.  Eric is the type of character that could be kind of annoying if they go too far with him, but he's also the one with the most heart.

The best part of the show is the relationship between Caryn and Stosh. It's not a romance, exactly, but it seems headed that way.  Stosh is a really screwed-up guy, a love-em-and-leave-em type, but he has heart, which we learn as the show goes on. Of course the show is not really that believable in many ways, but what matters is that it's funny and the characters are really interesting.  The actors really do a great job, especially Zachary Knighton (Stosh) and Becki Newton (Caryn). They've both been in many sitcoms before, so that may be why.

You should check it out because it's definitely worth adding to your viewing schedule. At least watch the first three episodes because it's a kind of story arc.

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