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'1600 Penn' Review

By December 17, 2012

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1600 PennNBC is getting a head start on midseason premieres tonight with the first episode of the new sitcom 1600 Penn, about the dysfunctional family of the U.S. president. The show debuts at 9:30 p.m. EST tonight before premiering in its regular Thursday-night time slot next month, on January 10. Check out my review for my thoughts on the show, which stars Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Josh Gad.

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January 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm
(1) Jeff says:

I like the show, but I think it is doomed unless they get rid of the fat, annoying guy that acts like a dufus. He constantly gets in the way of the rest of the show. The story and characters move right along and then we break for a comedy improv by this guy that has nothing to do with the show. It’s almost like the show is just there to back up his jokes, which aren’t very good since they seem to be the same joke over and over. “Hey look at me! I’m stupid and don’t know what I’m doing. Oops, did I just push the nuclear missile button. Uh oh, someone’s going to get in trouble for that.” How lame can you be? Just go watch “Dumb and Dumberer” and get it out of your system already. The rest of the show is written well and has a stellar cast except for this guy. Who is he anyway? He is kind of a Zach Galifianakis wannabe.

Like I said, I like this show. It is reminiscent of the Geena Davis “Commander in Chief” series that had an aspect of raising a family in the White House. There is a lot of good potential for story lines here that “1600 Penn” could draw on and have a long run, but they have to find a way to get rid of the dufus. He breaks the rhythm, takes the comedy to a different style and place than the rest of the show, and adds no real value other than the occasional oddball solution to a problem, which could be handled by a lesser supporting character like a cook or housekeeper character.

January 13, 2013 at 2:11 am
(2) Josh Bell says:

Unfortunately, that fat, annoying guy is the co-creator of the show, so I don’t think he’s going anywhere.

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