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A harsh stance to take, perhaps, but it's true. This was a genuinely funny show. You know what I mean; you don't have to force yourself to laugh at this. Unlike most sitcoms, I didn't find myself grasping for reasons to laugh. Maybe my favorite part about this show was the fact that there was no canned laughter. That really means a lot to me as a television watcher...it shows one of two things: first, that the makers of the show have enough faith in the viewing audience to make up their own minds about what is or is not funny without a "live studio audience" or a bunch of laughs edited into the show; second, it might also mean that the makers of the show couldn't afford it. But I digress. This show was great all around. Great characters, great acting, great writing...and then it all goes down the tube. The show also had a lot of heart. There were serious situation that were dealt with in a serious matter. Danny's drug addiction, Lucky's wife's death, his ever-lingering depression...none of these were taken lightly. If the cancellation of this show doesn't show you that there is no justice in this world, I don't know what will.
How is it that the WB, UPN and to a degree FOX, miss on every new show, and F/X can hit such home runs as "The Shield" and now "Lucky". This is inspired stuff. Almost every line is repeatable at tomorrow's coffee break (i.e. - "he's white and dead, and I'm black and gone!!"). The characters - after only two weeks -- are unforgettable. The loan shark (Dan Heyada) who hears everything, the "trac" puffing thru his surgical hole, a robber on a 1st name basis with his victim and two of the wackiest sidekicks ever seen. And all held together by a smooth acting job from John Corbett as the most unlucky World Poker Champ ever. He has gotten better with ever role since "Northern Exposure". After scoring big on "Sex and the City",(and My Big Fat....)check out his scene with his deceased wife's parents. This is on several times a week, so pick a time, hopefully catch a few replayed episodes, and strap in!!
There are very few shows out now that I watch, especially with the wave of
reality TV that has taken over. I religiously watch The Simpsons, and try to
catch Frasier, Just Shoot Me, and Dharma and Greg when I can. TV has nothing
new to offer me, except for Lucky and Monk. Since this is a message about
Lucky, I'll leave Monk alone for now. Great show though.
I happened upon Lucky one night a few weeks ago, it was a repeat of the Pilot, and I decided to give it a chance. This show is awesome. Good writing and great casting. I can only sit through so many plots of him getting in trouble with hoods, trying to leave Vegas, or blowing a fortune in no time, but other than that this show has everything going for it. I like the fact that they actually use profanity in this show. It sounds weird, but this is the way people talk, more often than saying 'Gosh' or 'Darn'. It's really hard to hate Lucky, he's just too free of a guy, he can lose 10 grand, and walk out with a smile on his face, knowing somehow he'll make it up. I do wish they'd go into more about his life after the World Series of Poker, and the Pilot episode, unless they had some flashback episodes... All in all, I'd have to say that this is a great show. It even goes so far as to have some shots that seem more like a film than a low-budget project like a television series.
lucky is the best comedy on tv and my new fav show. vinny and Mutha make the show, the time vinny was throwing himself on top of cars to make money for his friend is priceless. 10 out of 10
In the words of Dan Hedaya's character, "Motion is life. Standing
could be fatal." After watching this series' first two episodes of
I realized how much most of television programming was standing still. We
allow ourselves to grow accustomed to bland, lifeless shows such as "Will
Grace", "Friends", and "Everybody Loves Raymond". And run-of-the-mill
like "The Practice", Law & Order", "CSI: Miami". Then when something new
refreshing comes along we realize what great tv is capable of. What "The
Shield" is to cop shows, "Lucky" is to tv comedies.
John Corbett plays Lucky Linkletter, a compulsive gambler living in
Vegas trying to overcome his addiction. That he lives in Vegas is not
inconsequential. The show plays up the fact that Lucky and his cohorts
reside in the gambling mecca of the Western hemisphere by featuring
scenes inside of casinos. In fact, the premier episode begins and ends
Lucky sitting at a poker table.
In between these scenes we meet the great cast of supporting characters,
Lucky attempting to go straight (including having joined Gamblers
Anonymous), and we learn that he's feeling guilty over the unexplained
of of his newlywed wife. In short, there's a lot of show packed into this
The question is which Lucky will prevail, the good or the gambler? Can
they coexist? Can Lucky even BE Lucky without the gambling? More
importantly, will "Lucky" still be "Lucky" without it?
It'd be too cliché to give this show an 11 out of 10 rating, so I give it 10 out of 10--and will reduce my ratings of all other tv shows by one.
I loved this show when it was on the air in 2003, and I couldn't
believe it was canceled. Clever, funny, outrageous, with great
situations, John Corbett stars as a recovering compulsive gambler who
lives in, of all places, Las Vegas.
Corbett is handsome, he's cool, and he's charming as Michael Linkletter, who works to get his life back after losing his wife and the million dollars he won in poker.
This is a dark comedy about a man in sad circumstances and some of the crazy things he does. Why a compulsive gambler who is in recovery would live in Las Vegas is beyond me. But it was a clever idea, very well done, with a great cast, and I'll never understand why it was canceled.
The reliably brilliant John Corbett really shone in this series, accompanied by sharp writing, a terrific ensemble cast, and an underlying humanity that made it easy to sympathize. Lucky was always just one big score from walking away from it all, but he never quite made it. I loved his two chucklehead buddies, who (IIRC) made their entrance in the series arguing over the rules of rock-paper-scissors - "Tell him, wouldja, Lucky, that paper beats rock?" "It's a ROCK, dude! It'll punch right through paper." "Seriously, man, what's wrong with you?" Dreck like "Nip/Tuck" and "Dirt" sticks around on F/X, but not this. No justice in the TV world, I tell ya. Worse yet, with all the forgettable trash TV shows out on DVD these days, it is a CRIME that this one has not been released. This was one of the funniest and smartest shows I've ever seen. I can get "Gilligan's Island" and "Dynasty" on DVD, but not this?
Ensemble acting with unique individual performances...the best of both worlds in one television program...thank God it's on FX and you get to see encores...it's so good, the time flies so fast...you want to come back to Vegas right away! Love the characters and the unfolding bits of plot in each episode...the levels multiply, things get wacky, things get sane for a bit and everything explodes again...just like a quick trip to Vegas. The music is great! Adds so much to the feel of the show,and John Corbett...HOORAYYYY!!!! YOU GET TO FINALLY SHINE! You've been 'exposed' in the 'North' and 'Visited' Earth and now you have a character that allows you to anchor your talented star for keeps! Billy,Craig,Ever,Dan and the entire supporting cast..YES! YES! YES! You guys rock! WATCH THIS SHOW!!! YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!!!!!!Mare
Like The Shield, this show deals with a morally ambiguous character, but
unlike The Shield, it uses this for dark comedy rather than dark drama.
John Corbett rules the show as the troubled lead, simultaneously evoking
pity and laughter from his desperate situations. His friends are very
funny, and Ever Carradine is classic as a woman with her own gambling
problem. I'm surprised the opening credits don't have her as a
So far, so good, I will stick with this show. I don't have a gambling problem, but this show may become my addiction.
I have a tendency to like a show and then miss it all the time. But not
one. I make sure to know to be in front of a TV on Tuesday at 10pm for
In case you don't know Lucky is about Michael "Lucky" Linkletter, a gambler who a year ago won the World Series of Poker and a million dollars only to lose it all (and his wife) due to his gambling habit. So pretty much each episode is Lucky trying to get by and put his life back together. He had reformed through Gambler's Anonymous but circumstances has lead to him being back at the poker table. The format is pretty loose which is what makes this show so unique.
John Corbett seems effortlessly cool as Lucky as things go his way and just as quickly turn around. A fun show done with style and originality. Hopefully it stays a while.
FYI: It's also on Sundays at 10pm.
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