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"Idiotsitter" review by Suzanne 1/18/16
Airs Thursdays, 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central

The premise of this show sounds good, but like many other sitcoms or "Saturday Night Live" skits, it's poorly executed. Charlotte Newhouse plays Billie, an out-of-work, educated person who's desperate for money, so she takes a job as a nanny for some wealthy people. She doesn't realize that she's really supposed to be guardian for an out-of-control young woman, Gene (Jillian Bell) who's on house arrest.

I like the characters, but the show is more gross than funny. Newhouse and Bell created the show, and it aired on the web as a series before they made it into a real TV show. It's one of those shows where Billie is supposed to show Gene how to behave like a normal person, but instead Gene corrupts Billie into her hedonistic life style.  I just didn't find it funny, and even if they'd left out the vomiting and binge-drinking, I wouldn't find it funny.

Comedy Central has a lot of awful shows, but this one is down at the bottom with the worst ones. It's not nearly as funny as "South Park," "The Daily Show," "The Nightly Show,"  "Another Period," "Tosh.0." or even "Workaholics."  It's more like their really bad shows, like "Brickleberry" or "Moonbeam City."  I would skip it unless you're under 15.



Guest Stars Include Randall Park, Andrew W.K. and Chris Klein

Series Premiere Available on the Comedy Central App and on December 28; Additional Episodes Available Day after Air

NEW YORK, December 9, 2015 – Even an Ivy League education won’t prepare you for this: “Idiotsitter” premieres on Thursday, January 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. Created by Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse, the 10-episode, weekly, half-hour scripted series debuts after the season six premiere of “Workaholics.” The premiere episode of “Idiotsitter” will be available on the Comedy Central App and on December 28, and on DTO platforms on January 4.

“Idiotsitter” follows Newhouse (“Billie”), a cash-strapped, straight and narrow Ivy League grad, who reluctantly answers a babysitting ad to make ends meet, only to find out what is actually needed is a court-appointed guardian for Bell (“Gene”), an heiress under house arrest in her daddy’s mansion. The ten-episode season also features Stephen Root (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Gene’s permissive and oblivious dad and Jennifer Elise Cox (“The Brady Bunch Movie, “Web Therapy”) as her stepmother, as well as guest stars Randall Park, Andrew W.K. and Chris Klein. In the season premiere, Billie realizes she’s been duped by the babysitter ad, but sticks around for the much-needed and outsized paycheck and experiences her first Gene Russell house party.

Bell and Newhouse met while members of the Groundlings. A former writer for “Saturday Night Live,” Bell currently stars in Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” and currently can be seen in “The Night Before” alongside Seth Rogen, and with Jack Black in Sony’s live-action adaptation of R.L. Stein’s hit children’s books “Goosebumps.” Recently she appeared in “22 Jump Street.”

“Idiotsitter” is executive produced by Bell, Newhouse, Jeff Tomsic, Pam Kohl, Amy Slomovits, Dave Becky and Brady McKay. Monika Zielinska and Allison Kingsley are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central. “Idiotsitter” is the second short form series produced for to make the transition from digital screens to a long form series to premiere on Comedy Central, following “This Is Not Happening,” also directed by Tomsic.

Fans can check out and follow the “Idiotsitter” Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to discover new clips and episodes, find behind the scenes content, and immerse themselves in the absurd world of Gene and Billie. Comedy Central on Snapchat Discover will house custom “Idiotsitter” content created for that platform. Comedy Central will offer fans who authenticate via their cable or satellite provider access to stream episodes of “Idiotsitter” the day after air via the Comedy Central App and “Idiotsitter” will also be available the day after air on iTunes, Amazon Video, Microsoft Movies & TV, Vudu, Verizon Flexview, and Google Play. The Comedy Central App is available for free for iOS on the App Store, for Android on the Google Play store, and on Chromecast and Xbox One.

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