The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009)
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From almost the first line, I was not impressed. And things just went from bad to worse. The jokes are not just flat, they're stale. He has problems communicating with his wife ... just like Dick Van Dyke! His kids don't listen to him, but he's proved right in the end ... just like Bill Cosby! His work keeps him away from home ... just like, eh, you get the idea. the jokes are recycled, the story lines are recycled, and the characters are recycled.
Now, I don't necessarily blame Mr. Engvall for most of this. TV after all, has a long history of pulling the teeth from comics to make them palatable for the general public. I was quite looking forward to the George Lopez Show, for example, only to be similarly disappointed. But frankly, based on the utter blandness of this show, I have to wonder, just what did Engvall fight for? Anything? Oh, and I gave this two stars instead of one because Nancy Travis is worth watching.
genius of their entire humor.
Bill can be dead hilarious without going over the top and having to be off-color too many times.
Anyway, it's just another family drama that's pretty well written and is guaranteed to get a couple of laughs out of you. None of the actors seem out of place here and it's good to see that other comedians Tim Meadows and Nancy Travis are still in the business.
Overall, it's a pretty good sitcom to watch along w/ re-runs of "Everyone Loves Raymond," "Friends" and "Frasier."
So I also hope that this gets renewed for a second season & if it doesn't then that's TBS/TNT cable company's loss because this is hilarious.
As a hater, I give this show a 1/10. It deserves it. If I was TBS, I would just cut my self.
LEAVE THE GOOD SHOWS ON THE AIRE.
And also, this show makes me regret ever having grown up in the south because the people on this show (mostly Bill) bring out the worst in southern people. Women must stay home and tend to the man when he gets off work, and God forbid let a black man walk in the house.
They even say Grace at the table over Chinese take-out.
Solid parental characters, a stronger than usual man-role for the father, a mother character who keeps him in check, normal kids, good values, and very entertaining from what I've seen so far. Definitely not prudish, a good mildly biting comedy.
I would compare this to "Still Standing" but perhaps even better as the Peason parents are less dysfunctional than the Millers.
Next, the characters do incredibly dumb things. In one episode, the mom starts selling muffins to people in Bill's office. She is bringing home hundreds of dollars a day when she would normally just be sitting at home. However, this is to Bill's DISMAY. He hates her doing this! He's such a frigging moron! Then, she has to (get this) work HARD! OH NO! And we, the audience, and supposed to feel sorry for her, instead of saying, "heck with you! you need to work hard to make money!" So whats the message of the story? It's even if you make hundreds of dollars a day, if it's hard, then just be a house wife! And of course the episode ends with that dork going back to being a housewife.
One other somewhat unrelated note - this is another in a long line of shows where unattractive men have attractive wives, an obvious result of men being the writers and producers of most of these shows.
It's surprising that women viewers don't object to this. It is, however, consistent with most men's attitudes - I can be a fat slob, but my women have to be hot.
Now, we have things like the Bill Engvall Show. What a piece of garbage. The promos only make it worse. I seriously almost vomited when the following conversation occurred: "Didn't your ex wife have a job?" "Yeah she was a magician, she made our money disappear!" WHO THE F*CK GOT PAYED TO WRITE THAT?!?!?!?!?!?! Please, TBS, get new writers. We all need it. I just can't believe that Bill Engvall is getting PAYED for this. He's barely trying. The same goes for Tyler Perry's House Of Payne. TBS, I EXPECT A CHANGE!
Perhaps my biggest problem with this show is the culture which is represents. NASCAR has signed the big contract with ESPN, Larry the Cable Guy's movies made obscene amounts of money and redneck culture in general is now right in the middle of the mainstream. Doesn't it upset anyone that NASCAR can't show the center of the track because of all the confederate flags on the RV's? Bill Engvall represents all this and more. The "family values" displayed in the show are nothing more than an excuse to show a white, upper-middle class family in which a heterosexual marriage heads the parenting role, being highly functional and displaying the kind of virtues that have allowed things like the Iraq war and Bush re-election to take place.
Never has a white, upper-middle class family been portrayed as being so steady and so "united". The undertones to Bill Engvall and his entire career are glaringly obvious. You can feel the pro military ideals oozing out of every trashy pore in this terribly written, racism-perpetuating show.
Give me a break; whether or not you found the blue comedy tour humorous or not may be up to personal opinion, but this show manages to defenestrate even the slightest trace of humor from his act and strangle it like a prostitute you don't have enough money for. Absolutely a terrible, terrible show.
I only watched this show because I love Jennifer Lawrence, and I found after a few full episodes, I had to start scanning through and mostly just watching her scenes. Even then, it was disappointing to see her have to deliver such terrible writing.
It was so predictable and incredibly offensive that themes of male dominance and women's place being in the home were consistently perpetuated and the kids were pretty spoiled much of the time. It was always father-knows-best and mother never being given credit for all she does. Similarly, there was talk about how Bill needed to show his power or he would lose it altogether, rather than equality in relationships and mutual partnership.
It was also extremely problematic to have an episode which basically promotes child maltreatment as acceptable if used to teach some sort of lesson. The episode in which the kids refused to clean the garage unless paid or rewarded (I will grant you this furthers my point of them being written as fairly spoiled), so Bill decides to revoke all of their privileges - which he states to include both food and light, among other things. These are not privileges, and what astounded me was that he brought all the food to their bedroom so the kids couldn't even make their own dinners. I suppose I could have let it go if they were at least given the option to fend for themselves, but to deny basic human necessities for survival is not punishment - it's abuse. I know it's a TV show, but to reinforce the notion that such treatment is acceptable under any means is absolutely abhorrent.
And those are just a few examples of why I take issue with this show. I appreciate some people liking it, but honestly, Jennifer was the only redeeming factor for me, and had she not been part of it, I certainly would never have continued watching past the first five minutes, if at all.