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It was my new favorite...but oh well maybe fox family will pick it up...(hint hint)
The language and the references to sex (which shouldn't be changed at all) make this a little more than I would expect to see on NBC. Maybe when they cancel it (and they will) the Comedy Channel will pick it up. I just hope someone keeps it going because it is really funny.
"Malcolm in the Middle" is WAY funnier than "Tucker".
I'm not quite sure who the title character is supposed to appeal to. Tucker has no gimmick; he's neither charming, nor sharp, nor stylish, nor savant. Apparently Tucker is supposed to be horny, but I'm not seeing any evidence of it - not compared to actual male teens anyway.
The other characters are equally banal, with only cousin Leon being given a shred of personality. Katey Sagal is sadly wasted. The Seth Green plot would have been funny as a one off, but it gets old rapidly.
The humour is scatalogical but in a desultory, perfunctory, sterile manner. There is no dramatic drive, and the dialogue seems to be in slow motion, always lagging behind the viewer's anticipation.
All in all, this is an overproduced, badly flawed mess. Tsk tsk.
Either way, it was a great show that was, unfortunately, put on a Monday night against a hit ABC show, so... it died after 5 episodes (which is too bad, because that cult following was awaiting the Halloween show, only to find that we ended up with some generic news show during the time slot)
Tucker was a good one. Seth Green was hilarious as himself (heh!) and Katie Segal was great. It's sad to see that she's got stuck in these dying shows, because with the death of John Ritter, I can't see 8SR lasting much longer, despite them trying.
Tucker gets a boner and covers it up with his skateboard. Tucker accidentally walks in on his Aunt in the shower and she accuses him of watching her and masturbating. Tucker spies on the preteen girl across the street, and although he wants to see her topless she teases him by smiling and closing her bedroom window. This is all in the pilot. And Tucker is thirteen.
Take it from a grown man- a boy's puberty is so sex-crazy and testicle-driven it is impossible to make it funny for a mainstream audience. The only times anyone has ever come close has been in movies, and you can count those on one hand. So it's no surprise that "Tucker" has the warmth and appeal of a strip-club bathroom. Did the network actually think we would like watching testosterone-drunk teenage boy grapple with puberty? Isn't this the stuff people go to jail for? If you doubt the show's depravity consider this: 13 episodes were filmed but NBC canceled it after only 4 episodes aired; they then made the unprecedented move of "burning off" the remaining episodes by airing them AT MIDNIGHT so no children could see them. Ironic since kids were originally the target audience.
Apart from its general scuzziness Tucker features a running voice-over from the lead character to flesh out the shoddy writing. Even in 2000 the show was horribly dated, with it's ska incidental music and super-smarmy sarcasm. I couldn't like any of the characters enough to laugh at the jokes and the jokes didn't exactly come a mile-a-minute... Shame on NBC for this dirty rip-off... they're better than that.
Though, this show was so great and so funny when I first thought it, yet Nickelodeon UK had the nerve to repeat the show and get through all the episodes in two weeks for like 4 months straight.
There are some funny moments in the show, but lacks a compelling story. There are several crude jokes that make you wonder if this should be a family-oriented sitcom, especially starring a 14 year-old lead.
This show was canceled after only one season, and I don't recall if it even lasted for the entire first season run. But, I didn't care for this show too much. If you're a fan of slapstick and teenage flicks, give it a try but, overall, I think the sitcoms made in the late 1990s and on lack originality, real humor, class and a compelling story.
The bottom line, however, is that if someone were to strip away the vulgarities this show bashes its viewers in the head with, we would be victim to an inane sitcom with an overly hackneyed plot line (Boy One moves in new neighborhood, hates said neighborhood, discovers Girl One in same neighborhood who, inexplicably, fosters the same interest as Boy One. But Girl One is already maintaining a relationship with Boy Two) that even the Disney Channel would reject, due to its lack of originality compared with its other shows. And also the show professes that Tucker is just as smart as Malcolm in the other show. However erudite he is, that fact is lost amidst a compost heap of locker-room jokes and neuron-killing, puerile humor that would overfill the Marianas Trench. I am giving it two stars because, for some strange reason, I see a potential of this show to improve plus I only watched the first episode and I live by the old maxim: DON'T judge a sitcom by its pilot. (** out of four stars)