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Pilot View: ABC's new comedy, 'Better Together'



Editor's Note: We offer you our first impressions of the original pilots for fall shows. Keep in mind that these are not reviews, and that the networks may make significant changes to these shows before they air. We reserve the right to love them or hate them more later.

"Better Together" is a sitcom that follows three romantic relationships that are at different stages. First, there's Vicky and Joel, who have been married for 35 years. Then there's their oldest daughter Maddie, who has been living with Ben for nine years. And last there's Mia, who has been dating Casey for seven weeks and has just announced she's pregnant and is getting married.

Who's in it: JoAnna Garcia ("Privileged") as Mia; Jennifer Finnigan ("Close to Home") as Maddie; Josh Cooke ("I Love You, Man") as Ben; newcomer Jake Lacy as Casey; Debra Jo Rupp ("That '70s Show") as Vicky; and Kurt Fuller ("Supernatural") as Joel.

Who made it:
Shana Goldberg-Meehan of "Friends" created it.

Thumbs up:
Three lovely ladies in one sitcom: Garcia, Finnigan and Rupp.

Thumbs down:
We didn't laugh that much.

Verdict:
While it didn't make us cringe or shut the TV off, nothing stood out. Not sure we'd go back to it.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez
twitter.com/writerchica

Video credit: ABC


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what is ABC thinking, it's not funnny. the mother and father were the best thing in this whole sitcom.

Why would ABC waste money on putting this show together? Does anyone else notice the casting error with respect to Joanna Garcia and the Lacy kid. He's what 22 and she's in her early 30s and they're supposed to be having a kid together in the show? Ewwwww

This sitcom tries too hard to be funny. The actors and actresses are great, but it seems as though the writing is just horribly done. First of all, the characters are too 'over-the-top,' at all times. It's almost as if the writers tried to cram in every one-line joke they could possibly think of. By the end of each episode, I feel more annoyed with the characters than anything else... If the writing doesn't improve, I think the hard truth will be that the time for this type of staged sitcom has passed.


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