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Review of "Cool Kids" 9/29/18 by Eva Diaz
airs Fridays 7:30pm on FOX

I wanted to watch this show because I thought it would be funny. However, it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, despite its wonderful cast, headed by Vicki Lawrence (Margaret), Martin Mull (Charlie), David Alan Grier (Hank) and Leslie Jordan (Sid). The show is about three friends whose peaceful word is rocked when a new woman arrives at their retirement community and wants to sit at their regular table (replacing a friend of theirs who just died). I thought I would laugh a lot more then I did, but the story for the first episode was predictable. Vicki Lawence is great in the show and delivered all the jokes that made me laugh. I think I will watch a little longer to see if the writting gets better because the cast is so great. Jamie Farr (Klinger from "M.A.S.H.") has a small role as Dudley. Creator Charlie Day ("It's Always Funny in Philadelphia") has a small role as Chet, the handyman.

One kind of neat thing that they do is to show short filler film of real-life elderly folks doing athletic bits, like dancing, or jumping on a trampoline, etc. whenever they change scenes. I find that both fascinating and kind of hilarious.

The show should do, well having the return of "Last Man Standing" as its lead-in, but it might suffer a bit, since it's competing against the TGIF line-up of comedy on ABC. I will give this show 3 out of 5 stars, hoping that it will improve and stay on the Fox Friday schedule.


Fridays, 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT

From executive producer Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and starring Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier (“The Carmichael Show,” “In Living Color”), Emmy Award nominee Martin Mull (“Veep”, “Roseanne”), Emmy Award winner Vicki Lawrence (“Mama’s Family,” “The Carol Burnett Show”) and Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace,” “American Horror Story”), THE COOL KIDS is a multi-camera comedy about a rowdy, rag-tag group of friends living in a retirement community who are willing to break every rule in order to have fun – because, at their age, what do they really have to lose?

HANK (Grier) is the leader of this motley crew, a gruff, opinionated, 21st century Archie Bunker who will go to any lengths to have a good time. His loyal, but less than helpful, friends include CHARLIE (Mull), a bumbling wanderer who constantly goes off on tangents about some bizarre, barely believable episode from his life; and SID (Jordan), a fun-loving hedonist with a flair for the melodramatic. Complicating matters is MARGARET (Lawrence), a brash, confident woman who forces her way into their group and refuses to leave because she’s not going to take crap from anyone – especially not these three.

But what unites them all is their shared belief that they’re not done yet – not by a long shot. Growing old with dignity is for chumps. These self-proclaimed “cool kids” are determined to make the third act of their lives the craziest one yet.

THE COOL KIDS is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, in association with FX Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. Charlie Day, Patrick Walsh (“Living Biblically,” “2 Broke Girls”) and Nick Frenkel (“The Mick,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) are executive producers. Emmy Award winner Don Scardino (“30 Rock,” “2 Broke Girls”) directed the pilot.

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