August 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm #255036
NBC just premiered the first episode of the new Matthew Perry comedy “Go On” after tonight’s episode of the Olympics. I really liked it! Perry was very good and in his element, and we got a healthy dose of all the supporting characters too. So far, I’m most interested in the angry lesbian, the creepy guy with the beard, and the cat lady, but we’ll see where this takes us. I liked that the show had a healthy balance of humor and emotion, and with a topic like this, it’s necessary. With the Olympics garnering huge ratings, I’ll be curious to see how many people stuck around to watch this and what impact it will have on the show’s performance in the fall. I watched with my family and everyone liked it. If this show gains a good audience and can perform well in the first couple of months, I could see this as NBC’s first big hit in a while. Did anyone else watch? Let’s discuss!August 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm #255038
Every preview that NBC airs of this makes me less and less likely to watch it. The show may turn out fine, but those commercials make it look just awful.
I refused to watch last night out of protest of NBC cutting out Olympics coverage. Absolutely ridiculous.August 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm #255039
I watched it last night and absolutely loved it! After Studio 60 and Mr. Sunshine’s fates, I was worried about how this would turn out. Early previews garnered raves and appeared to be good. However, this was also the case for Perry’s Studio 60. The show has a terrific supporting cast also, especially former Everybody Hates Chris star Tyler James Williams.
I thought when they mentioned on the show that he was only in therapy for ten weeks, then this show couldn’t go for long. But when Perry went back to work and EXPLODED when a driver was using his phone, it showed how wonderful Perry’s range was as he could perform excellently in both a comedic and dramatic aspect.
I hope this show goes for a while. March Sadness!August 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm #255040
16.1 million viewers. 5.6 rating in the 18-49. NBC’s highest rated series premiere in over three years. And none of it counts. If it can keep up the numbers, we’re talking about a big hit.August 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm #255041
Oh wow. Hope the show maintains it. Love to see Perry and Leblanc back in the Emmy game, but of course that’s stretching it already.August 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm #255042
Pretty solid reviews on metacritic, better than New Girl’s.August 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm #255043
It worked for me, it was a really honest pilot, very sweet and funny, it’s not that sharp, but Perry makes up for it, I loved the scene with the Chicken’s War and the guy cracking up, he was weird but my favorite supp. character, and I enjoyed a lot Tyler James Williams.
Pilot: A-August 10, 2012 at 6:08 am #255044
Feels a little bit rushed, but very good nevertheless. igreat showcase for Perry. funny and yet very tocchy. if it would stay long enough Perry might finally get his Emmy.August 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm #255045
That was a surprisingly good pilot. It was much more than I expected. Given those previews, I thought this would just be a more mainstream, tired version of “Community.” But with the grief counseling group undercurrent to things, they can go for something more somber in tone if the writing’s there. Matthew Perry! The guy can sell practically anything, and when you get someone who can turn it on in comedy as well as drama and showcase both in the same show, all the better for the show’s long-range prospects. Loved that “March Sadness” sequence, the “I Keyser Soze’d you” scene opposite Laura Benanti, and the last moments telling about his wife to group. This is already better than some of the tape submissions in lead actor comedy this year. It doesn’t mean that Perry will get in next year (even if the show is a hit and maintains this Olympics bump in the ratings), but he’s certainly in the mix, and I can picture him getting something great down the line. I can already picture the headlines if he gets in with LeBlanc. Glad that both Benanti and Julie White (yes!) are on here, and there’s some familiar faces to the ensemble, like Tyler James Williams and Bill Cobbs. The tone might be tricky to pull off in the coming episodes, along with giving the group dimensions outside of Perry’s scenes. Hope they don’t pair up Perry and Benanti immediately.
Grade for “Pilot”: B+August 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm #255046
It was pretty good. It had the usual pilot clunkiness, but it looks like something that can get a lot better. Matthew Perry makes for a good lead, and Tyler James Williams and Brett Gelman had some great supporting moments. I’ll be watching when it starts airing new episodes. I want it to succeed because I want Brett Gelman to suddenly be in the running for an Emmy. That would be AMAZING.August 11, 2012 at 9:40 am #255047
I loved the March Sadness competition. That was the highlight… and the final scene with the Google car. Very sweet. And I loved the members of the group. But you just knew that when the therapist showed up, she’d be super attractive, and a potential love interest for Perry’s character. Sigh. And her character is too over the top (the same problem I have with Ryan’s sister on Wilfred). Couldn’t they make her just a tad more down to earth? That was the main problem I had with an otherwise enjoyable pilot. I get so weary of the “will they or won’t they hook up?” trope, and it looks like this one may be going there, too. I know some viewers just love to “ship” the characters… but more often than not, I find this detracts from what I like most about a show.August 12, 2012 at 9:30 am #255048
I really liked the pilot. Perry is wonderful here. I’m glad he finally found something worthy of his talents. There’s a lot of possibilities with the supporting characters. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this show goes. Of course, knowing how things work nowadays, the premiere will get low ratings, and it’ll be off the air a few weeks after that. I’m really hoping that doesn’t happen.August 13, 2012 at 9:05 am #255049
I liked it too. I think it was very good, but couldn’t help but feel that this would’ve worked better as an indie comedy than a network sitcom. I don’t see this thing going on for 22 episodes, so maybe on FX or Showtime with 13 episodes it would’ve kept the premise a little bit more fresh throught the show’s run, whatever that may be.
I wasn’t that big of a fan of Perry here because there was way too much Chandler Bing when in Mr Sunshine and Studio 60 it seemed like it was regular Matthew Perry. Maybe it was the straight up comedy sequences that reminded me a lot from him, but it did seem like Monica just died and the studio audience left and Chandler was sent here.
However he sold his character pretty well. Julie White was very good, as was Williams looking like he’s Walt coming back to Lost, he’s grown a lot. I can’t see it lasting, much like Animal Practice it’s the same type of show NBC keeps going for and keeps failing at no matter how good or sort of good they are.August 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm #255050
I’m glad to see other enjoyed this, too. I just watched it last night and found it both funny and touching.
Benito, I can absolutely see what you mean about it working better as an indie comedy rather than a series. It’s hard for me to imagine how they’re going to sustain it, but that’s their problem, I guess. Matthew Perry was very good, and I feel like the character is enough Chandler Bing to get/possibly keep people’s attention without being too Chandler Bing. (Though I did find myself thinking back to the Friends episode where Monica was mad because she couldn’t get Chandler to cry.) He reminds me here of what Matt LeBlanc is on Episodes.
Go On does remind me of Community, for obivous reasons, but the other thing I’m having a hard time seeing is how they’ll balance the work aspect of the show with the group therapy. The show could seem really lopsided if we’re evenly splitting time between the two, and all the fun and interesting characters in the therapy group are marginalized while the so-far thinner work characters get an equal amount of screen time (though, god knows I love John Cho).