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Rapid TV Review: FOX’s “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Rapid TV Review: FOX’s “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Rapid TV Review: FOX’s “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
September 17
14:39 2013

Preston Barta / Film Critic

“Dads”

Cast: Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Peter Riegert and Martin Mull

Run-time: 22 min.

Rating: 1/5

Already famously considered the fall’s worst show, and rightfully so, “Dads,” Seth MacFarlane’s live-action comedy series, tells of two business partners and childhood friends (Green and Ribisi) whose lives are turned upside down when their dads (Riegert and Mull) move in with them.

The show’s premise and the comedic talent behind the film, including “Family Guy” creator MacFarlane, seems like a hopeful recipe for the fall. However, the show’s disgusting and borderline offensive humor, which includes several racial and sexual jokes at the expense of Asians, pushes it way too far to even bother carrying on to see how the series pans out.

“Dads” premieres at 7 p.m. on FOX.


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Cast: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher and Terry Crews

Run-time: 22 min.

Rating: 3.5/5

Of all the new and upcoming single-camera comedies of the fall season, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is by far the one show with the most potential to be something lasting and worth setting a “season pass” for. Besides the returning comedy series such as “New Girl,” “The Mindy Project” and all the FXX television programs, there hasn’t been anything too substantial in the comedy department. Luckily, the people at FOX and show creators and executive producers Mike Schur and Dan Goor (“Parks and Recreation”) create comedy magic within the cop genre.

The premise is pretty simple and straightforward: a talented but childish police detective (Samberg) at Brooklyn’s 99th precinct, along with his group of colleagues, get a new captain (Braugher) who wants to whip them into a respectable team.

Samberg, who left “Saturday Night Live” last year, has proved that he is an actor of many talents. He wowed independent filmgoers when starred next to the gifted Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”) in 2012’s “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” Now, the “mother-lover” has returned to what he does best: entertain and cause uproarious laughter. So set your DVR to record because “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is one pleasing and sidesplitting police comedy that you will want to watch again and again.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” premieres tonight at 7:30 p.m. on FOX.

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