Saturday, September 29 2012 00:05

Review: NBC's GUYS WITH KIDS is even worse (and practically kid-less) the second time around...

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After being less-than-impressed with the "sneak preview" of the new NBC comedy, GUYS WITH KIDS earlier this month, I was reluctant to give the show another shot.  Somehow or another, my DVR decided to record the second episode of the show as it made it's way into NBC's new Wednesday Night lineup for it's "official" premiere this week, so I decided to check it out. Sadly, the second serving was worse than the first.

guyswitkidse2In Episode 2 (aka E. 101), "Chris' New Girlfriend," the "Kids" are almost nowhere to be found - an odd move for what was likely the first exposure to the series for many viewers had they not caught the Pilot airing two weeks ago. While the kids served largely as props during week one, week two finds them practically discarded (they're here, but very quiet) in favor of some relationship-centric storylines pulled straight from the well of sitcoms past. Gary (Anthony Anderson) forgets his wedding anniversary (how many times have we seen this one?); Nick (Zach Cregger) reveals that he once dated Chris' (Jesse Bradford) new girlfriend back in 2004 (though she doesn't seem to remember); And Chris' ex, Sheila (Erinn Hayes) is exercising a little too much freedom with the keys to his apartment (for emergency use only). None of these stories has much to do with being a parent, or a "Guy with Kids."

As noted when I reviewed the pilot, the laugh track - provided on-cue by the "live studio audience" - is particularly grating, and here we find it massively overused to accent the unfunny from the get-go, cranking up several unwarranted laughs before the opening titles even roll. In fact, I counted at least 14 laugh-enhanced moments in the first 1:47 of the show. 

With Executive Producer/Creator/Theme Song-singer Jimmy Fallon championing the show, it's a surprise and a shame that this cast (which is quite good) hasn't been given anything decent to work with here. I'd like to think that Fallon and Co. presented the show in a much better format, and that it was some network execs that pulled enough strings to make it terrible. 

Have 22 minutes to burn? Check out the full episode of GUYS WITH KIDS below (available until November 8, 2012) and see if you find it as bad as I did...


GUYS WITH KIDS airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC. Check out the official site for more details.  

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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