This Friday night sitcom is about a Korean doctor who is
awkward and says things he shouldn't. Although he's smart
enough to be a doctor, he acts dumb and is henpecked by his
wife and daughter. Yeah, it's about as funny as it sounds.
I find the lead character very annoying and hard to watch. I
maybe laughed twice watching the first episode.
There have been some successful sitcoms where a stand-up
comedian was the star, like "Seinfeld," "Roseanne," "Louie,"
and "The Drew Carey Show." However, there have been many
more that were bad or disappointing, like last season's "Mulaney"
or the show "Whitney" from a few years ago.
Here's a list of the failed sitcoms
Ken Jeong is a very popular movie and TV actor. He was
great on "The Office," but this show does him no favors. I
don't know why most of the sitcoms today are so bad....
As general practitioners go, Dr. Ken Park (Ken Jeong) is
a good one…but with a lousy bedside manner. He wants the
best for his patients — he’d just prefer that they take
their whining and complaining elsewhere. At the HMO clinic
where he works, he is a little too honest, but he can’t seem
to help himself.
At home, Ken is the easily irritated father of two,
facing the daily trials of fatherhood neither comfortably
nor gracefully. His wife Allison (Suzy Nakamura), a
psychotherapist, does her best to keep her husband’s
anxiety, hypersensitivity and control issues in check. While
she supports their highly intellectual nine-year-old son
Dave’s (Albert Tsai) quest for artistic freedom, Ken
envisions the kid becoming the school laughing stock. When
Allison encourages trust of their 16-year-old daughter Molly
(Krista Marie Yu), Ken instead decides to install a tracking
device on her phone.
The self-described “five foot five inches of fury” never
seems to get a break, whether at home or at the clinic,
where his loyal but oh-so-irritating support staff includes
a sharp tongued receptionist (Tisha Campbell-Martin), and
Clark (Jonathan Slavin), Dr. Ken’s faithful nurse,
confidante and partner-in-crime. And of course his nemesis,
hospital administrator Pat Hein (Dave Foley), who never
misses a chance to put the screws to Dr. Ken and his staff.
Dr. Ken Park has a pretty sweet life. A smart and
beautiful wife who still wants to have sex with him every
now and then, two decent kids and a job in which he gets to
help people on a daily basis. If he could only relax, get
out of his own way and stop second-guessing everyone and
everything around him, Dr. Ken would be just fine. But
that’s not likely to happen anytime soon!
“Dr. Ken” stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as
Allison, Tisha Campbell Martin as Damona, Jonathan Slavin as
Clark, Kate Simses as Julie, Albert Tsai as Dave, Krista
Marie Yu as Molly, and Dave Foley as Pat.
“Dr. Ken was written by Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, and Mike
O’Connell. Executive producers are Mike Sikowitz, John Davis
and John Fox. Ken Jeong and Mike O’Connell are co-executive
producers. “Dr. Ken” is produced by Sony Pictures Television
and ABC Studios.
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