TV Reviews: 3 Midseason Comedies
“Perfect Couples” and “Retired at 35” kick off with low ambitions — and “Parks and Recreation” returns to show how comedy should be done.
Comedy is both hard and subjective, which is why writers and producers stumble toward the easy and obvious. If you’re worried that people won’t share your sense of humor, then why not give them something they’ve laughed at before? So it is that two new sitcoms fall prey to such a lack of ambition. But a third, returning series proves that by trying something different and — key ingredient — actually being funny, a quality comedy can be created and sustained.
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