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strong start, wrong night (blame Fox)
The pilot episode of "Enlisted" secures it's place alongside "Brooklyn-Nine-Nine" and "Trophy Wife" as one of this year's best new comedies. The show is a sitcom that revolves around a stateside military base in Florida, where the three Hill brothers are reunited for the first time in over and year and placed in the same unit. While they follow in their father's footsteps in the military to varying degrees (from the supersoldier Pete Hill, to the sarcastically discourteous Derek and the comically enthusiastic Rudy), they all end up together in an inept unit of soldiers. Despite it being a little off and choppy in places, I think that's merely a pilot-related issue, as the show demonstrates great promise (reminds me of Stripes). The relationship between the brothers works right off the bat, and hopefully they can begin to examine the rest of the unit beyond the introductory/generalized jokes that were made about their appearance in the pilot. All in all, the episode was equal parts heartfelt (hand on head) and funny ("I have killed Bradley Cooper!") and will keep me coming back.
In spite of my confidence in the writer's ability to keep things going strong, I do have a bone to pick with Fox on the scheduling of this show. Once again, they show their ineptitude by slotting Enlisted's pilot episode on a Friday night after the offbeat "Raising Hope". If Enlisted is left in the Friday night "death/DVR slot", this promising show will have no chance of surviving past April and we can cue the summer campaigns and twitter hashtags of #bringbackenlisted