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
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
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
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
Jerrod Carmichael, Nick Stoller and Ravi Nandan serve
as executive producers. “The Carmichael Show” is
co-produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Universal
Please visit the official show site at: http://www.nbc.com/the-carmichael-show
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