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Fantastic, unique, original, weird, and most of all FUNNY.
When the show picks up Adam has been depressed and heartbroken over the breakup with Corri, his childhood sweetheart whom he dated for 7 years or so but then they broke up years ago. Now she is moving back to the town of Holliston and Adam thinks this is his chance to get back together with her. Adam is devastated to find out that Corri has a boyfriend named Kevin who is a doctor and very successful, unlike Adam who is totally broke and living in a run down apartment chasing his dream of making horror movies but making no actual progress with it. Kevin (played by Nick Ballard) is very, very funny and he plays the role like a total douche. Very vapid and sort of dumb, even though he is a doctor. Adam is convinced by Oderus (the imaginary friend who is a monster that lives in his closet) to hire a hooker and go on a double date with Corri and Kevin so that he can make Corri see that he has moved on and potentially make her want him back. Obviously the plan backfires and comedy ensues!
First of all, the show is very, very funny. I laughed out loud a ton. All of the characters are funny and extremely likable. Adam and Joe especially. They are both solid actors and I believed that they were friends since childhood (which apparently they have been in real life, too). There is a scene at the end where they have a heart to heart moment expressing how they feel about each other that is so funny that I missed a few of the lines. Laura looks like she's got great potential to be a favorite for me, though in this episode she didn't have too many scenes, save for a hilarious one where she shows Joe a painting she made of a dead clown baby. Corri is gorgeous and very sweet and her acting was top notch and very natural.
Yes, there are a lot of horror references (Adam explodes Joe's head all over the wall and breaks up with a girl for not having seen Gremlins and there were many more comments about horror including a hilarious Exorcist joke and a Poltergeist spoof) but honestly, it is way more of a standard comedy than a horror show. Dee Snyder plays Lance, a guy stuck in the 80's who sings for a Van Halen tribute band and is also Adam and Joe's boss where they work. He only had one scene in this episode but was truly hilarious. Oderus was also extremely funny and could be the Kramer of this show as it moves forward. My favorite-favorite though? Axl the cat!! They use a fake looking animatronic cat because Axl is supposed to have cat down-syndrome and I lost it every time they cut to it. But despite all of the weirdness and gory moments, it is still a standard sitcom and it felt very much like Mad About You, Dharma and Greg, Big Bang Theory, Friends, and Seinfeld. It even has a laugh track like real sitcoms do.
What I didn't like was that the episode felt rushed. I just didn't get enough time with some of the characters like Lance or Laura. Adam and Joe's apartment and Adam's room especially had so many cool things and they never focused on any of it, so again- hopefully they do in future episodes. There was so much to look at and I didn't feel like I got the chance.
But nitpicking aside, I will certainly watch more. I laughed more than I do at most sitcoms, but maybe that's because this felt like it was tailor made for me. I am a horror fan and an Adam Green fan, and so it was exactly what I hoped it would be. Be warned though, the commercials do it no justice. It's way funnier then the ads make it out to be. It's smart, aware, and edgy- but it also has gross out moments and violence that you wouldn't see on a sitcom. For instance, Adam cuts his own chest open while crying in a mirror about being "bad at sex" and the audience is LAUGHING!!! That to me was amazing, but to others it might be disturbing. My final suggestion: watch it. I kind of fell in love with it already and I am so happy that a show like this got made and exists in this day and age. Parks and recreation and Outsourced and The Office just don't do it for me. I love Adam Green's sense of humor and if you like his stuff like Hatchet, Anne Frankenstein, and Jack Chop, you will undoubtedly love this show, too.