TV Reviews

Join us every week where we’ll be picking a different sitcom and judging it solely on its very first televised episode. In doing so we’ll be challenging ourselves to erase any knowledge of future episodes so we can deliver an unbiased opinion. At the end of each show we’ll tell you if this is a show we would green light or cancel. Tune in to find out which mega shows wouldn’t make the cut, what forgettable mistakes we give a pass, and who started exactly where they should be.

Episodes

January 20, 2022

S1E1: The Tick (2001)

The Tick originally started out as a newsletter mascot for a chain of comic book stores in the Boston area named, New England Comics. The mascot then became the subject of his own comic book. The comics popularity got The Tick his own animated series. After 3 successful seasons on FOX the main writers of the animated show developed a live action adaptation of The Tick casting Patrick Warburton in the lead role. Despite all the momentum leading to the creation of the show, the 2001 series only had 8 of its 9 episodes make it to air before being canceled. There has been a lot of speculation as to why this show failed, whether it be the time slot, or support from the network. Now the S1E1 crew deep dive the Pilot episode and decide for ourselves if this show deserved a longer run.

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January 13, 2022

S1E1: Superior Donuts

In 2017 Superior Donuts premiered on CBS. The show was an adaptation of a play by the same name that first hit stages in Chicago (and eventually Broadway) 9 years prior. The show focuses around the relationship of an old Donut shop owner and his new young employee. Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler were selected to play the lead roles and with ringers like David Koechner and Katey Sagal joining in supporting roles this show seemingly had a the tools it needed to succeed. But Superior Donuts was cancelled by it's network after only two seasons. Did CBS not do enough to promote the show or did the all-star cast fail to deliver? Listen as the guys review their pilot episode.

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January 6, 2022

S1E1: The Muppets

Ever since they were first created by Jim Henson in 1955, The Muppets have been mainstays on both the large and small screens. In 2015, they returned to television to star in a mockumentary style sitcom that followed them behind the scenes as the produced the late night talk show, Up Late with Miss Piggy. After only 1 season ABC decided to cancel the show leaving Kermit, Fozzy, and the rest of the gang with no active projects. Did time pass The Muppets by? Was this not the right show for them? Or did the network just not realize what they had? Find out what the S1E1 crew thinks when they review its pilot episode, "Pig Girls Don't Cry".

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December 30, 2021

S1E1: Mulaney

Mulaney was a sitcom where accomplished stand-up comedian and former Saturday Night Live writer, John Mulaney plays a fictionalized version of himself living in New York City. There's just no way to avoid drawing immediate comparisons to Seinfeld with that premises, and in 2014 FOX took a chance on this show hoping it could resonate with viewers just as strongly. After multiple weeks of poor ratings and poor reviews the network pulled the plug mid season on Mulaney after 13 episodes. Do the S1E1 guys think FOX made the right decision? Tune in as they review the pilot episode.

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December 23, 2021

S1E1: The Simpsons

Ho! Ho! D'oh! For this week's Christmas episode there was only one logical show to cover, The Simpsons. In our first venture into the animated world we meet Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, & Bart, a typical middle class family living in the city of Springfield. Due to no holiday bonus and an emergency tattoo removal Homer finds himself with no money for gifts. Does his best effort to save Christmas earn The Simpsons a green-light from the guys? Tune in as we review their pilot episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".

 

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December 16, 2021

S1E1: Red Dwarf

Listen up smegheads, this week the guys head deep into space on the mining ship, Red Dwarf. There we'll meet Dave Lister the lowest-ranking of the 169 person crew. A man who just wants to get through his work days, and save up enough money to head back to earth and start a farm in Fiji. Are we about to enjoy this ride? Find out as we review Episode 1, "The End".

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December 9, 2021

S1E1: Parks and Recreation

When Greg Daniels and Michael Schur took time away from The Office to develop a new show it was originally intended to be a spin-off. Instead, Parks and Recreation was created. There we meet Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), the Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation Department in Pawnee, Indiana. Was the bold decision to go in a new direction one that will inspire us all into giving the show green-lights? Find out as we review pilot episode, "Make My Pit a Park".

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December 2, 2021

S1E1: The Steve Harvey Show

At one time Steve Hightower and the High Tops were a pretty successful funk group. But times change and bank accounts dry up. Now, Hightower is forced to take a job as the new high school music teacher. Will he be able to transition and learn to work with these kids, including one who's named Bullethead because well... He has a bullet IN his head! Find out as we review the pilot episode of The Steve Harvey Show, "Back To School".

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November 25, 2021

S1E1: Thanks

In 1999, CBS decided to develop a sitcom called "Thanks" about a puritan family living in the 1620's. Six weeks after it was first released, CBS no longer thought that was a good idea and pulled the plug. Was this forgotten show better than the studio gave it credit for or should the past stay in the past? Listen as we cover its pilot episode.

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November 18, 2021

S1E1: Dave

Most of the world knows who Lil Dicky is at this point, but how many people know who Dave Burd is? In this scripted sitcom we get a more behind the scenes look at the man himself and not the Youtube persona. Is it possible to have people take you seriously in the rap world when you have songs titled "My Dick Sucks?". Find out this week when we review the pilot episode of Dave, "The Gander".

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