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The bad: there are some cliché stuff and a little contrived sentimentality, there are some unfunny situations, and while weird characters are interesting, the divorced husband guy and the mother is more of a caricature (BTW parents are more or less ripped off from meet the Fockers I think, but funnier)
I gave it an 8/10 from the first episode but i can see it changing in the future. I hope they can get some good ideas in for episodes in the future. It'd be a shame to see another decent show go down the drain.
I think the characters are pretty strong too, apart from the ex who I don't think should really have as big a part as it feels like he's going too. It needs to feel more like she's moved away from him and is fully moving on.
P.S. It's awesome to see something new from Sarah Chalke! I can't help but wonder if this character is going to be a lot like Elliot. She seems the type.
I really wanted to like this because I do find the parents interesting and would enjoy them under different circumstances, as they reminded me somewhat of the two hippie parents in "Meet the Fockers"--but I can't deal with them even attempting to kowtow to their daughter's ridiculous "rules" regarding the granddaughter & what they can/can't do/say around her. TOO BAD, SWEETHEART. It's their house---SHE'S the one leeching off of them and intruding on THEIR lives--they're gracious enough to allow her to move back in, and they even attempt to placate her stupid "rules" around her kid. They need to tell her that she better learn to deal with the way they live or get the h*** out. I suggest that if she doesn't like their lifestyle, she can move out and move back in with her ex-husband, or live in the street in a refrigerator box with the stupid kid. I was hoping that this would be at least mildly humorous, but I really, really can't stand the daughter, so that ruins the whole show. She treats the parents like they're embarrassments to her--what an ingrate. This show is terrible---I will give it one more shot next week in hopes of it improving, because, as I mentioned earlier, I like the parents. But if it's as bad as the premiere episode, I hope it tanks like the Titanic or that they re-write the daughter character. Too bad, because I liked the actress who plays her when she was on "Scrubs". Not intelligently written, and definitely not funny.
Grandma's raunchiness is dialed back considerably in the second ep but that's just about the only good thing about it. Sarah Chalke's character is annoying -- several times the writers have her giving orders to her parents in the form of "Old people, do this" or "Old people, do that." This go-round she decides she wants to recreate her activist youth, so with no training whatsoever she decrees she's going to run a 5k to "save the whales." Practicing for this event she falls down and hurts her back a few steps into the run. From there on, everyone must cater to her every whim because she decides it's important they understand how tough it is for her to be a single mom.
**Stop right here if you don't want to know how the second episode ends.** Because the parents nicely told her intrusive ex-husband to get lost -- she is after all supposed to be getting a divorce from him, not having him rub her feet every day -- she decides to "punish" them by pretending to be disabled and laying on the couch for three weeks while they take care of her child. Only then, you see, can they fully appreciate what they're going through. It's so hard, sniff.
Unbelievably, the writers have the parents apologize over and over again, at which point she demands further apologies and delivers another lecture.
Appalling show that is apparently written by refugees from Occupy Wall Street. The actors are probably doing the best they can with the thin unfunny material supplied.
I wanted to like the show as there is just pure garbage on TV today, but this show is right up there with other garbage shows.
The parents are both just caricatures. It's hard to see the love or chemistry between them and the family. Sarah Chalke is the only good thing in this show. And it's not enough to keep the show going. Half a season is all there is and that's probably enough.