REVIEW: 2 BROKE GIRLS – SEASON 5

Starring

Kat Dennings (Thor)
Beth Behrs (The Neighbourhood)
Garrett Morris (Ant-Man)
Jonathan Kite (Black Dynamite)
Matthew Moy (No Strings Attached)
Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie)

 

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Leslie Grossman (Popular)
Arden Myrin (Insatiable)
Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars)
Valerie Azlynn (Julia X)
Steve Talley (The 100)
Millicent Martin (Grace and Frankie)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Bryan Callen (The Hangover)
Barret Swatek (American Housewife)
Ed Quinn (Eureka)
Alec Mapa (Doom Patrol)
George Hamilton (The Godfather – Part III)
John Michael Higgins (Stil Waiting)
Deborah Theaker (A Mighty Wind)
Steven Weber (Izombie)
Robert Costanzo (Total Recall)
Camille Chen (Game Night)

Kat Dennings, Matthew Moy, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

They’re always a bit “raunchy” in their humor, but that’s kinda where you find adoration for the characters. I’ve enjoyed the show since the beginning  it. Season five continues the raunchy jokes, with great characters and awesome humor.

Season 5 Highlights are

Jennifer Coolidge, Kat Dennings, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Wrecking Ball

Max, Caroline, and the diner crew rally together, when the city seeks to demolish the diner and cupcake window to build an I-MAX theater. Meanwhile, believing she is an expectant mother, Sophie takes many pregnancy tests.

Leslie Grossman, Arden Myrin, Kat Dennings, Matthew Moy, Beth Behrs, and Tip Scarry in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Gym and Juice

Max and Caroline get part-time jobs at the juice bar at a gym to enjoy free use of the gym’s locker room after their shower breaks; Caroline has a run-in with a group of rich moms who are jealous of the attention she’s getting from a sexy train

And the Maybe Baby

When the girls run into Caroline’s newly engaged ex, Andy, Caroline wonders if she made a mistake when she sees how much he supports his fiancé’s career.

Jennifer Coolidge, Garrett Morris, Kat Dennings, Jonathan Kite, John Milhiser, Matthew Moy, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Escape Room

Han insists the diner gang attends a mandatory night out in an “Escape Room Club” when he feels they aren’t working together as a team, they soon find themselves locked inside the “Alice in Wonderland”-themed room.

Judith Roberts and Kat Dennings in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Coming Out Party

Caroline’s grandmother wakes from a coma and does not know that she and the rest of her family is broke. Caroline tries to ward off telling her the bad news by throwing her one last hurrah lunch with the help of Max and the gang.

Kat Dennings, Dominic Burgess, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Booth Babes

Max and Caroline make a deal in order to get into a gaming convention, where they learn Han’s friend has based video game characters on them.

Jennifer Coolidge, Garrett Morris, Kat Dennings, Jonathan Kite, Matthew Moy, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Story Telling Show

Caroline attracts the attention of a Hollywood executive when she shares her riches-to-rags tale at storytelling night; Sophie and Oleg look for a surrogate.

Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Lost Baggage

Max tags along with Caroline as she travels to Los Angeles on a film studio’s dime to discuss the idea of making her riches-to-rags life story into a movie. While there, Max loses her luggage but finds a new crush.

Ed Quinn, Kat Dennings, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Great Escape

Max pet-sits Randy’s dog, Bruno, who escapes with a cannibalistic serial killer loose in their neighborhood; Caroline sets up meetings with actresses who are interested in playing her.

Steven Weber and Kat Dennings in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Show and Don’t Tell

When the girls go to prison to see Caroline’s father, Martin, perform in a musical, they tell him they plan to use Caroline’s movie money to convert their cupcake window into a dessert bar.

Garrett Morris, Ed Quinn, Kat Dennings, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Attack of the Killer Apartment

In an attempt to get to know Max’s world better, Randy asks to spend the night at her apartment; Caroline works on getting a liquor license for their dessert bar.

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Ten Inches

When Max and Caroline need more space for their renovated dessert bar, they’re willing to do just about anything to convince Angie, the brash owner of the pizza place next door, to rent them her back office.

Kat Dennings, Matthew Moy, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Big Gamble

Max and Caroline learn Han is in trouble with a gang when he can’t pay a substantial debt he amassed from gambling on Women’s tennis.

An excellent season with alot of laughs and alot of f.

REVIEW: MIKE & MOLLY – SEASON 4

MAIN CAST

Billy Gardell (Young Sheldon)
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Reno Wilson (Transformers)
Katy Mixon (American Housewife)
Nyambi Nyambi (The Good Fight)
Rondi Reed (The Astronaught’s Wife)
Louis Mustillo (One For The Money)
Swoosie Kurtz (Pushing Daisies)
David Anthony Higgins (Big Time Rush)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Susan Sarandon (Tammy)
Kathy Bates (Misery)
Cleo King (The Hangover)
Brian Baumgartner (Ghostbusters)
Diane Delano (Popular)
Christian Clemenson (Lois & Clark)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Brendan Patrick Connor (Spider-Man 2)
John Michael Higgins (Bad Teacher)
Gary Anthony Williams (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
Mather Zickel (Bones)

43479463After three seasons of watching the loveable Chicago couple find each other, find love and find a comfortable life for themselves, the fourth season finds Mike and Molly further exploring their relationship, their family and friends, and the crazy world around them. In the season premiere episode, “Molly Unleashed,” Molly abruptly gives up her job teaching elementary school to follow her dreams of becoming a writer. With the ever-present support of her beat-cop husband Mike and her family, Molly sets out to become the woman she was always meant to be. The fourth season of Mike & Molly is filled with surprises. From Molly tagging along with Mike in the squad car for “research” to her adventures in a funeral home under the influence with her sister Victoria, this is the season in which Mike and the rest of the world are given the chance to see what Molly unleashed can really do!Molly Unleashed

Season 4 Highlights

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The First and Last Ride-Along

Molly decides writing a crime novel will be her new career, so she goes on a ride-along with Mike and Carl to research a book she wants to pen.Susan Sarandon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Careful What You Dig For

Molly meets her literary idol, J.C. Small (Susan Sarandon), a cynic who advises her to write about things in her life that she wouldn’t want people to know. Meanwhile, Mike invites his mother to dinner for Thanksgiving in an effort to cheer her up.Swoosie Kurtz, Melissa McCarthy, and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Poker in the Front, Looker in the Back

Molly believes her suspicious next-door neighbor, Mr. O’Donnell (Christian Clemenson), is up to no good and recruits Joyce to help her spy on him. Meanwhile, the guys get together for a poker game and end up sharing their dreams and aspirations.Melissa McCarthy and Katy Mixon in Mike & Molly (2010)

Shoeless Molly Flynn

Molly needs to adjust her spending habits if she wants to maintain harmony in her marriage. But she can’t resist buying a pair of shoes on credit and it leads to a fight with Mike, making her decide to look for a job.Melissa McCarthy, Rondi Reed, and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

They Shoot Asses, Don’t They?

Mike decides he needs to live every day like it’s his last after being shot while thwarting a robbery. As a result, he tells Carl it’s time for him to quit the police force.Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in Mike & Molly (2010)

Mike & Molly’s Excellent Adventure

Molly is determined to get Mike out of his routine and tells him to embrace doing anything they want in life.Three Girls And an Urn

Weekend at Peggy’s

Following a dramatic argument with Joyce over money, Mike and Molly move into Mike’s childhood room at Peggy’s.Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, and Stephen Mark Murphy in Mike & Molly (2010)

Dips & Salsa

Molly wants to get Mike out of the house and suggests a salsa dance class. When Mike isn’t thrilled with the activity, he asks Carl to replace him as Molly’s dance partner, but gets jealous when he realizes they’re having way too much fun.Mike & Molly

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Molly meets the best buddy of her dreams when Peggy’s childhood friend, Kay McKinnon (Kathy Bates), comes to town, but Peggy is not keen on sharing.Who's Afraid of J.C. Small?

Who’s Afraid of J.C. Small?

Mike and Carl arrest Molly’s literary hero, J.C. Small, for a DUI. After Molly repeatedly prevents J.C.’s self-destruction, the writer offers to pay Molly to be her assistant and help her complete her latest novel.Mike and Molly - Episode 4.19 - Who's Afraid of J.C. Small - Promotional Photos (4)_FULLSeason 4 brought Molly more to the forefront of the show with Melissa McCarthy now a worldwide star, each character still had there moments to shine too. Another great season of the hit show. A good cliffhanger too wetting your appetite for season 5.

 

REVIEW: 8 SIMPLE RULES – SEASON 1-3

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MAIN CAST

John Ritter (Bad Santa)
Katey Sagal (Futurama)
Kaley Cuoco (The Big bang Theory)
Amy Davidson (Goyband)
Martin Spanjers (Good Luck Charlie)
James Garner (The Notebook)
David Spade (Rules of Engagement)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Larry Miller (10 Things I Hate About You)
Mo Gaffney (That 7os Show)
Billy Aaron Brown (Jeepers Creepers 2)
Brian Sites (Gigli)
Patrick Warburton (Ted)
Rachel Bilson (Chuck)
Cole Williams (North Country)
Jason Priestley (Tru Calling)
Shelley Long (Cheers)
John Ratzberger (Up)
Cybil Shepherd (Moonlighting)
Cindy Williams (American Graffiti)
Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries)
Suzanne Pleshette (The Birds)
Amanda MacDonald (The Naked Ape)
Lisa Rinna (Veronica mars)
Ethan Philips (Star Trek: Voyager)
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Smallville)
Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon)
Keir O’Donnell (Wedding Crashers)
Lee Garlington (Flashforward)
Adam Arkin (Hitch)
Jan Hoag (Scream Queens)
Eric Jungmann (Sabrina: TTW)
Raquel Welch (Fantastic Voyage)
Pamela Anderson (Scooby-Doo)
Ed O’Neill (Married With Children)
Beth Grant (Wonderfalls)
Danny Woodburn (Watchmen)
Leighton Meester (The Judge)
Matt Lanter (Heroes)
Rachael Harris (Lucifer)
Nicole Richie (Chuck)
Kenneth Kimmins (Lois & Clark)

Superman-Red-Son-flying8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (Later Shortened to 8 Simple Rules)  had an auspicious start. The supremely-talented Tom Shadyac was involved in the project. This meant that the comedy would be nothing less of spectacular, and that’s exactly what happened: the show remains one of the freshest, funniest, wittiest shows made in a very long time. Every line, facial expression, casting choice, scene, all wreaked of perfection. There was not one episode after which I thought, “Man that wasn’t as good as the rest”. Each one was a standout. Again, this is the kind of perfectionism that we’ve come to expect from Tom. For those who don’t know, Tom Shadyac is the director of Ace Ventura (first movie), The Nutty Professor (first one) and Liar Liar. Quite a résumé. He’s a producer here not a director, but his magic touch is felt in every episode.The family consists of:
Superman_09-1014x570The Father: Paul Hennessy (John Ritter): nice, slightly neurotic, can be a pushover from time to time, works as a sports writer. John unfortunately passed away in 2003 leaving a fond memory and near-sure cancellation contemplations by the suits. The Mother: Cate (Katey Sagal): come on, who didn’t fall in love with Katey when she played Peg on Married With Children? Al Bundy was our hero. We viewers gave him the respect and love he never had. But without Peg’s nonchalant, parasitic, lazy lifestyle, Al would’ve probably been just another Chicago dad instead of the mess that Peg (life, actually) caused him to be. Katey was a MILF back then and still is: a brune now (instead of a redhead) and just as buxom as ever. Cate is the conservative mom and loving wife. I know it sounds boring, but comedically, she fits perfectly.
Superman_09-1014x570The Ditzy Blonde Daughter: Bridget (played to perfection by Kaley Cuoco): almost never has an idiot been played so well. Aside of Gob on Arrested Development, Bridget may well be a shoe-in for any awards given to this archetype. Bridget is shallow, self-centered, not very bright and a tad slutty in his look. She plays the dumb blonde role better than absolutely anyone IMO. Perfection. One of the high-points of the show. The Overlooked Geeky Daughter: Kerry (Amy Davidson): a brune and a geek, she gets no love from life or circumstances. Feels overlooked, under-appreciated and neglected most of the time. She’s Bridget’s younger sister (in reality she’s older than her) and the two’s extremely opposite personalities and brains cause endless clashes, to much of our amusement.
Superman-Red-Son-flyingThe Son: Rory (Martin Spanjers): was the second funniest character IMO before the passing of Ritter, then John passes, new characters come and Rory is not the wise-cracking verbal-trouble-maker that he used to: that went mostly to David Spade’s character.Tim-Doctor-Sleep-1Those characters were the main ones at the time of John Ritter. Unfortunately enough, the insanely hilarious Larry Miller (one of my favorites) did not get lots of screen time. He played Paul’s co-worker/competitor. After an aortic dissection cost Ritter his life in 2003 (September 11th), the show was on hiatus for a while. No one thought it could come back, but it did later on, with a couple of new additions. This began the second phase of the show, and the new characters were:  The strict, confident school principal: Ed (Adam Arkin): I saw Adam here and there on talk shows. This was the first time that I saw him do anything. Impressed, is the word I use. His performance was very impressive. Sad he wasn’t brought in earlier. He also plays Cate’s potential love interest after Paul passes. The gradual progress towards this point (which would’ve sounded crazy at the beginning) earns the creators lots of praise. It was done slowly, carefully and excellently, with constant respect paid to the Paul (Ritter).Tim-Doctor-Sleep-1

The Attitude Grandpa: Jim Egan (James Garner): a surprisingly welcome addition to the series, he was cannon fodder for endless ‘old’ jokes, mainly by… The 35-year-old unemployed wise-cracking half-brother of the mom: CJ (played to insanely funny heights by David Spade): I knew Spade was funny, I just didn’t know he was THIS funny. Somehow, Spade’s very familiar presence is sensed inside his character (as opposed to a separable character), which is understandable, since he’s a comic and he’s on a comedy show. This eerie feeling is kinda like seeing someone borrow lots of material from David Spade’s appearances in movies, talk shows and functions (award shows, etc.) and delivering a superb impersonation of Spade’s voice and comedy style, except, that it IS Spade. By that I mean you realize he’s not trying to play someone else, or a whole new character: he’s being the goofy, funny Spade we’ve come to know, and he takes this pleasantly humorous formula to the absolute top. Every line he uttered, every sarcasm he begot, all classics, literally. Spade was CRAZY-funny; so, SO funny.
913Mv-kIUpL._AC_SL1500_The show’s humor and drama were both upped after the show was back, but audiences thought, “John passed, it ain’t gonna be the same anymore”. This is understandable, considering we are talking about a group of people (American viewers) who gave ‘Yes Dear’ a free ride but caused Andy Richter Controls the Universe to be cancelled in no time. As the show’s quality increased, its ratings declined. Soon it was no more, sadly.

 

REVIEW: DROP DEAD GORGEOUS

CAST

Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man)
Denise Richards (Valentine)
Ellen Barkin (Before Women Had Wings)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Kirstie Alley (Cheers)
Sam McMurray (Addams Family Values)
Mindy Sterling (Idle Hands)
Amy Adams (Batman V Superman)
Brittany Murphy (Just Married)
Alexandra Holden (Sugar & Spice)
Patti Yasutake (Star Trek: TNG)
Adam West (Batman 60s)
Will Sasso (The Hot Chick)
Amanda Detmer (Final Destination)
Samantha Harris (CSI)
Nora Dunn (New Girl)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Thomas Lennon (17 Again)

MV5BMjEzMjU0MjUzOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODk1OTc0MTE@._V1_SX1500_CR0,0,1500,999_AL_In 1995, Mount Rose is preparing for its annual beauty pageant. Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst) is an optimistic teenager who signs up to compete in the pageant so she can follow in the footsteps of her idols, Diane Sawyer, and her mother, a former contestant. Amber and her mother, Annette Atkins (Ellen Barkin), live in a small trailer near their friend Loretta (Allison Janney), in stark contrast to fellow contestant Rebecca Leeman (Denise Richards), the daughter of the richest man in town, and her mother, Gladys Leeman (Kirstie Alley), who is the head of the pageant organizing committee and also a former winner. Various business connections between the Leeman Furniture Store and the judges of the pageant cause many to speculate that the contest will be rigged or fixed.
MV5BMTgzOTM0MDY5M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODQwNjIwMg@@._V1_Many odd events occur around town during the run-up to the pageant, including the death of a contestant, the athletic and competitive Tammy Curry, who is killed when her tractor explodes. Amber decides to pull out of the pageant after her mother is injured in an explosion at their mobile home but reconsiders and decides to compete to follow her dreams and make her mother proud. At the dress rehearsal, fellow contestant Jenelle Betz swaps numbers with Amber. When Jenelle walks on stage at the beginning of rehearsal, a stage light falls and hits her in the head, knocking her unconscious and rendering her deaf. Luckily, Jenelle is a master of sign language so she claims that despite dropping out of the pageant, she has never been happier.
MV5BNWRiM2QzOGUtZTZjMC00ZWQ5LTlhYTMtN2EyN2E3YzU2MWVjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjUxMjc1OTM@._V1_At the pageant, Amber’s dance costume mysteriously goes missing. Amber blames Becky and the two get into a catty fight. Amber’s best friend and fellow contestant Lisa Swenson (Brittany Murphy) tears them apart. After comforting a crying Amber, Lisa drops out of the pageant in order to give her own costume to her. Amber then performs her tap-dance number to a standing ovation, while Rebecca sings a cringe-worthy rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and dances with a life-size Jesus doll on a crucifix, both amusing and horrifying the audience. Amber is named first runner up to Rebecca, however, during the victory parade the next day, Rebecca is riding in an elaborate float made in Mexico and is killed in a freak accident involving gasoline and fire that causes a huge explosion. The grief-stricken Gladys flies into a blind rage and admits to killing Tammy and to being responsible for all the attempts against Amber in the run-up to the pageant, and is immediately arrested. Rebecca’s tragic death and Gladys’ antics leave Amber as the new pageant winner.
MV5BMTMwOTgyNjcyNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjc5MjY0NA@@._V1_SX1500_CR0,0,1500,999_AL_At the State Competition, Amber wins the Minnesota American Teen Princess title by default after all the other contestants fall ill with seafood-related food poisoning, and Amber gets an all-expenses-paid trip to the national Sarah Rose American Teen Princess Pageant. Upon arrival, Amber and the other contestants are devastated to find that the company has been shut down by the IRS for tax evasion, sending all the contestants except for Amber on a rampage, vandalizing and destroying the property.
MV5BMTkzODU3ODUwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNzU0MTc3._V1_A few years later, Gladys escapes from prison and is sniping from the top of the Mount Rose supermarket, declaring revenge on Amber. During the six-hour police standoff, a television reporter doing a live report at the scene is hit by a stray bullet. Amber quickly picks up her mic and takes over, impressing the news station with her poise and confidence. The film closes with Amber as co-anchor of the evening news for Minneapolis–St. Paul television station WAZB-TV, thus living her dream of possibly becoming the next Diane Sawyer.MV5BMzc4MzIwNzc4MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwOTM0MTc3._V1_A Truly underrated gem of a movie, very satirical about American culture, genuinely funny, and a must see.

REVIEW: JAILBAIT!

 

CAST

Matt Frewer (Lawnmower Man 2)
Mary Gross (Sabrina: TTW)
Kevin Mundy (Firewall)
Reagan Pasternak (Being Erica)
Alycia Purrott (Power Rangers SPD)
Scott McCord (16 Blocks)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Melody Johnson (Goosebumps)

I wanted to see  Jailbait to see the actress Alycia Purrott from Power Rangers SPD.  I was instantly sucked into the deeply effective editing and camera work involved, along with the very satirical directing and performances. Even though the subject of statuary rape is a serious one, here it is treated in such a way that there is an awareness of the fact that this is high camp cinema and nothing depicted should be treated seriously.

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I was particularly impressed with the two young leads which have been brilliantly directed into delivering performances that are in total harmony with the whole tone of the movie. This is a movie making fun of the whole “teen-movies phenomenon” all the while being totally aware of the fact that it is itself a “teen movie” but destined towards a more mature audience.

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Many potentially offensive subjects here treated as jokes but the director was brilliant enough to let us the audience see that this is a movie who doesn’t take itself seriously. Everything is so farfetched (with often hilarious results) that it tells us that the filmmaker expected nothing else than entertaining its audience with outrageous but finely tuned acting parodies and well-crafted camera work.

A satire is probably the most difficult thing to achieve in cinema. It has to contain a balance between outrageous stunts and self awareness. Most teen movies pile up the gross factor, hoping to make audiences laugh. But here, even though no joke cliché is left unturned, it is done in a constant parody mode which I truly enjoyed.

REVIEW: BAD TEACHER: THE TV SERIES

Kristin Davis, Sara Gilbert, David Alan Grier, Ari Graynor, Ryan Hansen, and Sara Rodier in Bad Teacher (2014)

 

MAIN CAST

Ari Graynor (For a Good Time, Call…)
Sara Gilbert (The Big Bang Theory)
Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls)
Sara Rodler (The Future)
Kristin Davis (Atomic Train)
David Alan Grier (Jumanji)
Madison De La Garza (Desperate Housewives)
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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Richard Kind (Gotham)
Yara Shahidi (Alex Cross)
Madison De La Garza (Despertae Housewives)
Stuart Allan (Son of Batman)
Ciera Payton (Oldboy)
Brett Gelman (30 Minutes or Less)
Colin Hanks (King Kong)
Alison Miller (17 Again)
Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal)
Andrew Leeds (Bones)
Ricardo Chavira (Piranha 3D)
Lilli Birdsell (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Grace Kaufman (Man With a Plan)
Hal Ozsan (Jessica Jones)
Ashley Liao (Fuller House)
Keesha Sharp (Lethal Weapon TV)
Suzy Nakamura (Horrible Bosses 2)
Lauren Tom (Futurama)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Jennifer Riker (Black Lightning)
Niecy Nash (Scream Queens)
Tate Ellington (Remember Me)

CBS’ adaptation of Bad Teacher throws so many talented people at the question of how to turn the Cameron Diaz movie into a TV show that it will inevitably come to a point where it’s at least relatively good, if not excellent. The show’s cast is headed up by the reliably entertaining Ari Graynor, who shows a surprising talent for being an amusing reprobate here, but she’s ably backed up by the likes of Ryan Hansen, Kristin Davis, David Alan Grier, and secret weapon Sara Gilbert—who’s basically playing her character from The Big Bang Theory, but with better lines. And the series has been brought to television by the writer Hilary Winston, best known for her work on Community and Happy Endings.bad-teacher-premiere-ratingsOne of the secrets of TV comedy is that nine times out of 10, if you just get enough funny people together and let them work at it long enough, they’ll come up with a reliably entertaining and funny show In its first three episodes, however, Bad Teacher isn’t quite there. It comes close on enough occasions that it’s an enjoyable watch, but it’s struggling with the question all sitcoms built around awful people struggle with: How do you find a way to make a terrible person not just funny but somehow identifiable to the audience? For Bad Teacher to work, the audience has to, on some level, want Graynor’s Meredith Davis to succeed in her quest of tricking the school she teaches at into thinking she’s qualified for her job. But because Meredith is such a superficial, shallow, and self-obsessed person, the show’s core ends up feeling rotten, even as its many surfaces are often hugely entertaining.The key change from the film version of Bad Teacher is that the sitcom turns Meredith into a fraudster who fakes her credentials, taking a middle-school job so she can hit on the rich fathers of her students. Winston leans heavily on her Community experience here, and she’s letting Meredith play a page right out of the Jeff Winger-playbook, in that she thinks this is only a temporary thing and doesn’t want to get too attached to her fellow teachers or students. The difference, however, is that if Jeff doesn’t get with the program, he only hurts himself. If Meredith continues down her path, she’s ostensibly depriving her young charges of a valuable education. It’s a problem Bad Teacher has yet to solve in its first three episodes, despite Graynor’s considerable talents at delivering flippant dialogue with a hint of acid wit.The answer to this is so predictable that it ends up shooting the show in the foot. Meredith, inevitably, will learn in every episode that she really does care about her students or fellow employees, and she’ll use her considerable life experience and street smarts to help them navigate the tricky labyrinths of social situations, even if she’s not giving them the best education in social studies. It’s a formula that’s worked for so long that it’s become threadbare, and Bad Teacher seems so perfunctory in its approach to this particular story point that the episodes inevitably run out of gas in their third acts. They’re much more amusing in the early going, when Meredith is misbehaving and the other characters are being kooky. Inevitably, Bad Teacher will reach a point—just as Community did—where its protagonist isn’t looking for an escape route from her situation in every sports car that pulls up to the school, and it will almost certainly be a stronger show at that point.Despite the structural problems, there are considerable delights in each one of these episodes. All of them contain a handful of belly laughs, and the dialogue is sharp and pointed even when it’s not riotously funny. Graynor is a treat, and the supporting cast surrounding her—both teachers and students—finds new notes to play in familiar types. Gilbert and Hansen, in particular, offer up new spins on the socially maladjusted nerd the hot girl takes under her wing and the stand-up guy hiding in plain sight whom the heroine will inevitably end up with. The show benefits whenever they’re on screen, particularly when they’re sharing the screen together as a couple of unlikely oddball friends. Surrounding adult actors with kids is always a gamble, but Bad Teacher has a bunch of unexpectedly funny 11- and 12-year-old students to offer quips and occasional sight gags. Even better, Winston and her writers seem to be quickly figuring out exactly what sorts of gags all of their talented actors are best at delivering, which is a good sign for the show’s long-term health. Plus, any time it seems like the show is introducing something that will be drawn out for seasons to come, it’s just as quickly dispatched. That’s encouraging as well.bad-teacher-premiere-ratingsSadly Bad Teacher lasted 13 episodes and was pulled very quickly, had the series been given time to shine, I believe it would of been a huge hit.