January 24, 2020 at 12:44 am #1203301997
Julia Louis dreyfus is just a more funnier lead than Hugh laurieJanuary 24, 2020 at 4:28 am #1203302067
This felt like the first season of Barry and Succession. It might have an excellent season in the future but right now it’s just okay.January 24, 2020 at 7:56 pm #1203303361
Kinda shocked about how meh the premiere was given the pedigree.
Still, comedy is so bleak this year I could easily see Hugh Laurie getting into actor.
The reviews seemed to suggest that it gets better.January 27, 2020 at 9:53 pm #1203315972
This show presents ordinary lines as punchlines merely by adding volume or glances, like The Big Bang Theory and it is not enough to make them funny.January 31, 2020 at 1:55 pm #1203322403
With the third episode it gets better. The time of return speculations being dragged for three episodes is annoying, but the latter half of the episode was promising.
At this pace, I don’t know where it would go for more than one or two seasons.February 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm #1203324032
I checked the show’s IMDb page and it has a rating of 5.7. I know that the comedy field is weak this year but has anything that low ever been nominated?February 1, 2020 at 2:52 pm #1203324040
The second half of the third episode was indeed much better than the first half, so there is that.February 1, 2020 at 4:56 pm #1203324349
Series might be out at this point but popular actors have gotten in on the comedy side with mediocre to poor reviews with surprising frequency so a star like Laurie still ranks strongly in my mind.
That said, he never quite managed to thread the needle for Veep like I thought he would.February 9, 2020 at 3:36 am #1203336042
I just watched the third episode and it is still not good. IMO this show doesn’t even deserve to be considered for any nominations other than production design.February 11, 2020 at 10:51 am #1203342995
Early in the fourth episode, I wondered if I would actually be able to finish the season. That is the last one that the critics got in advance. They said that the show got better as it went along, but I did not find the fourth episode promising. This might truly just be a bust. It has lost half of its premiere audience, despite having a better lead-in now because The Outsider has been growing. This will be lucky to get Hugh Laurie and the production design nominated. The show has misused Zach Woods by leaning into his shtick because such acceptance requires excessive suspension of disbelief.February 12, 2020 at 12:28 pm #1203344537
I’m glad that they sort of raised the stakes at the end of the fourth episode, but I agree that it hasn’t really improved as critics suggested. I wouldn’t mind seeing Laurie nominated–he’s doing very good work on an otherwise uneven series–but I don’t quite see it happening. I actually loath the aesthetic of the series, though the scale of the production is nevertheless impressive. I’ll stick with the back half of the season, but I’ll be surprised if HBO renews it.
Formerly known as PianoMann.February 13, 2020 at 9:21 am #1203345506
I’ll be surprised if HBO renews it.
I spoke a day too soon…
Formerly known as PianoMann.February 18, 2020 at 8:07 pm #1203351434
Another stinker this week.February 21, 2020 at 10:51 pm #1203356058
It’s a funny show with an excellent cast (particularly Laurie, Front, and Woods) but it doesn’t have a lot of momentum going for it. I hope the show gets the chance to develop more. I’m not sure how the ratings are looking, but given the critical reception I could see this being canceled after one season. Solid series but definitely a step down from Veep and The Thick of It, which are two of the best television comedies I’ve ever seen.
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