Review of "Abby's"
airs Thursdays, 9:30/8:30c on NBC
Abby's is a little of what I expected, but it
also has some things I didn't expect. It's a comedy
about a bar, but it's in the bar owner's backyard.
Abby (Natalie Morales) is a veteran who started the
bar after she returned from several tours of duty.
Abby grew up in bars because her dad was an
alchoholic and took her to bars with him since she
was a little girl. The problem arises when the new
owner of the house she rents wats to shut down the
bar. The bar patrons persuade Bill (Nelson Franklin)
not to shut down the bar, but he becomes Abby's
partner in the business.
The other stand-out
character is Fred (Neil Flynn), who is a father
figure to Abby, since he is friends with her father,
and knows that he was a terrible father to Abby. It
is nice to see Neil Flynn in another role, although
it is similar to his role of Mike Hecht on "The
Middle." The only difference is here he isn't as
closed off about his feelings as Mike Hecht was. The
cast still needs time to find its comic timing
together, but the show is funny, and I think it will
get even funnier in time.
It's very well
written and is another show with the theme that you
can't choose your family, but sometimes your friends
become your family. I look forward to getting to
know these characters in future episodes. I give
this show 5 out of 5 stars. You should give it a try
and watch or stream it.
From Michael Schur (“The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,”
“Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None”) and Josh
Malmuth (“New Girl,” “Superstore”) comes a hilarious new
comedy about the best neighborhood bar in San Diego –– home
to low prices, good company and, of course, Abby (Natalie
Morales, “BoJack Horseman,” “Girls,” “Parks and
This unlicensed, makeshift
establishment in Abby’s backyard is the perfect gathering
place for locals to find camaraderie and sanctuary. To
maintain the perfect bar ecosystem, all patrons must abide
by a specific set of rules. This includes no cell phones
(not even to look something up), understanding that earning
a seat at the bar takes time to rise through the hierarchy
and knowing that losing a challenge may have some unpleasant
and unpalatable drink-related repercussions.
owner, Abby has found her true calling, hosting friends and
newcomers alike. No nonsense, Abby is ex-military, having
served two tours as a Staff Sergeant in the Marines. Her
world is shaken when new landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin,
“Black-ish,” “Veep,” “New Girl”), who recently inherited the
house from his deceased aunt, unexpectedly shows up citing
all kinds of reasons why the whole venture is illegal. Newly
divorced, he is a cautious worrier and definite
non-risk-taker who eventually warms to the place and agrees
to let the bar remain open, provided Abby makes some
The cast of regulars also includes Fred
(Neil Flynn, “The Middle,” “Scrubs”), a fixture at the bar
who is grateful for a place to enjoy a beer and conversation
– and refuses to allow some bureaucratic busybody to disrupt
his perfect refuge; Beth (Jessica Chaffin, “Big Mouth,”
“Search Party,” “Pitch Perfect 3”), a harried mom living
next door who can escape the madness of her home life while
still keeping an eye on things from her perch atop a bar
stool; Rosie (Kimia Behpoornia, “Unicorn Store,” “Pop Rox”),
the bar manager who prides herself on having memorized all
162 rules and regulations; and James (Leonard Ouzts, “Set It
Up,” “Master of None”), the gentle scaredy-cat of a bouncer
who crumbles in the face of confrontation.
regular patron of Abby’s will attest to, hanging out there
is a coveted honor. And once you’re in, you’re family.
In addition to executive producing, Malmuth also serves
as showrunner. Schur and David Miner (“The Good Place,”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “30 Rock”) also executive produce.
Pamela Fryman directed the pilot. “Abby’s” is shot
completely outdoors in front of a live studio audience, the
first time a multi-camera comedy has done so.
“Abby’s” is produced by Universal Television, Fremulon,
Waila Inc. and 3 Arts Entertainment.
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