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This show was scheduled to premiere in 2003 as a mid-season replacement. But NBC cancelled the show before it even aired. Seven episodes were produced but the did not air until 2006 on NBC's Bravo Network. See more »
I only wish this show had a chance... it's delightful!
I watched 6 of the 7 episodes of this show tonight and I have to say this could have been a great series. First of all, it has a terrific cast. Jason Bateman plays Jake, a lawyer turned high school English teacher. Nikki Cox plays Liza, fellow teacher and possible love interest for Jake. Nick is played by Greg Grunberg. He's Jake's best friend and roommate who narrates the show. Together, they make a great team.
While the concept of the show isn't exactly original, it's far from boring. Each episode lets us get to know the characters a little better. The dynamic between Jake and Nick is really cool. They are totally believable as best friends. Their antics are the best part of the show. Episode 6 has to be my favorite. It involves an elaborate prank that is simply hilarious. The narrator really gets to play with the powers of narration. The show seems like it's beginning to hit its stride at that point.
Unfortunately this show was canceled by NBC before even airing. As part of Bravo's 'Brilliant But Cancelled' campaign, viewers are finally getting a chance to see this gem. Jake Effects had a lot of potential. I wish they'd made an entire season. That'd be a real treat. I hope they air the 7th episode soon because I can't get enough of this show.
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