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"The Carmichael Show" review by Suzanne 9/10/15
Airs Wednesdays, 9/8c on NBC

I'm sorry to be late watching this one, but there are just so many new shows to watch, plus all of the DVD's they send me to review! I've been trying to catch up on everything.

At first, I didn't think I would like it (because there are so few sitcoms I find funny any more, and they seem to put the worst ones on in the Summer), but I have to say that it got funnier as it went along. The first episode was so-so, but the second one was much funnier. I'm not saying that ti's great, or that I'll probably keep watching the rest of the episodes, but I would watch it if there was nothing else on.

The two leads, comedian Jerrod Carmichael (who's playing himself, I guess) and Amber Stevens West (who plays his girlfriend, Maxine) are not very interesting. He's just too low-key and doesn't seem to have any comic timing. Maybe he does when he's doing stand-up, but he doesn't have it on this show. Neither does she, plus she can barely act. She's very pretty, which is probably why she got the role. Also, she's very light-skinned, so that way they can make lots of joke about her being white.

The show takes place in Charlotte, but almost none of them have any kind of accent, except maybe Jerrod's parents (a little bit). Charlotte's a city, but the people there do indeed have accents, as they do everywhere in the South.  Otherwise, why not just have it take place in Chicago?

When we meet Jerrod's parents, things get a lot funnier. Comedy veteran David Alan Grier plays his father, Joe, and he's pretty funny. Veteran actress Loretta Divine plays Jerrod's mom. She over-acts a bit, but mostly she's funny. When we hear her sing in the second episode, it's much better. She's always had a wonderful singing voice.

In the first episode, Maxine wants to tell Jerrod's parents that they're living together, but he doesn't want to. Instead, Jerrod brings up political issues to get his parents fighting. Parts of that were pretty funny.  Jerrod's brother, Bobby, and his ex-wife, are somewhat funny, too.

In the second episode, which is much funnier, a youth has been shot in their town, so Maxine wants to go protest, despite the fact that it's Jerrod's birthday. The jokes about "black lives matter" and the rest were pretty funny as well as timely.   The timing of all of the jokes was better. Hopefully as the show progresses, they get more comfortable and really let loose on the material.


From the comedy of Jerrod Carmichael and Nick Stoller (“Neighbors”) comes an irreverent sitcom inspired by Jerrod’s relationships with his say-anything contrarian father, therapist-in training girlfriend, ever-hustling brother and mother, who is always, always, always right with Jesus.

Taking the next step and moving in together, Jerrod and his girlfriend, Maxine (Amber Stevens West), are your average young couple trying to make it in the city. They’re smart, motivated and looking to build a fulfilling life together. The only thing standing in their way is family. Between Jerrod’s larger-than-life brother, Bobby (Lil Rel Howery), and his smothering and passionate parents (David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine), Jerrod and Maxine will be put to the test navigating the boundaries of romance, family and sanity.

Jerrod Carmichael, Nick Stoller and Ravi Nandan serve as executive producers. “The Carmichael Show” is co-produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Universal Television.

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