Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the '80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam these were his wonder years and he ... See full summary »
Trophy Wife is one of the pleasant surprises of the 2013 fall season. In the first few episodes Malin Akerman in the main role is not all that sympathetic or, to be honest, even all that funny, but after several weeks she really grows on you. On the other hand, her two rivals, Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins as Bradley Whitford's previous wives Diane and Jackie, are immediately very funny. How many shows have been based on the model of husband as doofus and wife as long-suffering problem-solver? This show is nothing like that: it's written by women and at its core deals with the rivalry among three women, each of whom is less than perfect, and it is often hilarious. At this point in December of its first season, the breakout characters appear to be gormless New Age Jackie, her Asian adopted son Bert(Albert Tsai), and Diane's goofy teenage son Warren (Ryan Lee). My recent taste in sitcoms is in the vein of Parks & Rec (my current favourite), Louie, Community, 30 Rock, so I'm not usually a family sitcom type but this one works for me.
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