Nat Faxon plays pretty much the same character Nat always plays.
Judy Greer is a delight, if you are watching Arrested Development. Here she is dependable, and just ok.
Brett Gelman is everywhere these days… also playing pretty much the same type of bearded crazy.
Jenny Slate so far can do no wrong in my eyes.
Paul Reiser is now a silver fox.
Russ and Lina Bowman (Faxon, Greer) are married with 3 kids and renting in Los Angeles. He works at a copy store (sort of) and she doesn’t work. They both go to extraordinary lengths to keep their marriage afloat.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING
If you are die-hard fans of either Nat Faxon or Judy Greer, then by all means.
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T
The show is fine, but it is just that. Fine. They aren’t really breaking any ground here. If you’re a couple with kids, you’ll be staring into the future so I hope there’s booze in your house! They are mostly miserable, they’re drinking and drugging whenever they can, and living day-to-day just trying to make it through. It really isn’t funny, it is passably enjoyable. The only comedy occurs when Jess (Slate) is onscreen. She is married to Shep (Reiser) but swears she’s not a gold-digger. She loves damaged men, not that Shep is damaged though. When AJ (Gelman) goes to rehab, she visits him everyday. Not because she gives a shit about AJ (which she does), but she is more interested in making connections with the addicts there then making the whole experience about herself. She is a dream, but she is underutilized in such a way that does not lend itself to you watching an entire season of this. Nor do I see this being able to sustain itself over multiple seasons. If I were Russ, I would turn to Lina, look her in the eye and tell her so earnestly to get her shit, get her kids, and get out.
The show that comes on after this is far superior. It’s called You’re the Worst.
THE GRADE: C.