Trophy Wife: A Traditional Family Sitcom, Minus the Laugh Track

by Aly Semigran September 25, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Trophy Wife</i>: A Traditional Family Sitcom, Minus the Laugh Track

I should state from the get-go that I am actually not a big fan of laugh tracks, despite my argument for them in this particular review. Laugh tracks have always felt like a cheap way of telling the audience, "You should be laughing right now!" It's even more baffling when there's absolutely nothing to be laughing about as a studio audience whoops it up for every punch line.

Trophy Wife: What This New Family Comedy Gets Right

by Aly Semigran October 30, 2013 10:41 am
<i>Trophy Wife</i>: What This New Family Comedy Gets Right

With some dismal comedies already cancelled (We Are Men, Welcome to the Family) and others whose success we simply cannot comprehend (The Millers, Dads), it was starting to feel like there was no hope in sight for a worthwhile new comedy for the fall 2013 season. While Brooklyn Nine-Nine has begun to fill the 30 Rock-sized hole in our hearts that longs for off-beat humor, there was nothing that seemed to resemble a worthwhile family comedy. That was until Trophy Wife -- in spite of its misleading, Cougar Town-esque name -- not only gave us one of most likable new TV broods, but one of the most sincere and funny shows of the fall. Here's why we think it's the one new show to stand out in the over-saturated family comedy television landscape.

Parks and Recreation: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

by Rachel Stein April 20, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

Did anyone else feel that the initial few minutes of "Live Ammo" were like being back at the first day of school after a long summer filled with boring family vacations and a broken leg that prevented you from even going to camp? Leslie in sneak-around clothes! Tom's crazy apartment! The Jabba the Hut theme song! It might have something to do with a slightly disappointing few weeks of Community episodes, but other shows aside, Parks and Recreation makes me happy, and "Live Ammo" was a great episode. Everyone was in their element, the pairings were fun, the main plot was satisfying, the side plots were funny and, once again, my notes are basically the entire script. Maybe others found this episode to be full of more of the same "Isn't Tom wacky?" and "That Ron sure loves meat!" shtick, but unlike Ringer, the hiatus made what might have been a little stale feel extremely fun. Let's grade the Pawnee gang and spread the word for Knope 2012.

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