Quick fixes for the fall's worst new TV Shows
Can 'Mom,' 'Dads,' and 'We Are Men' be saved?
Biggest Flaw: Let's leave aside the racism, the sexism, the agism and the Anti-Semitism, shall we? Let's ignore the grating, over-amped "studio audience" that's practically a deterrent to laughter. Let's ignore the almost criminal misuse of whole cast, but particular Brenda Song, who I suspect probably has less agency here than Seth Green might. For me, the biggest flaw in "Dads" is the weekly attempt to shoehorn unearned "heart" after 21 min.
Our Helpful Solution: Either abandon the schmaltz or or figure out a way to modulate the [sexist, agist, racist, Anti-Semitic] coarseness. We get it. These boys just want their fathers to say they love them. Maybe tone down the amount that we mock the Jewish guy for his cheapness or the doddering guy for his non-stop cultural insensitivity and we'll CARE. But probably not. Instead, I'll offer the Helpful Solution offered by FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly: Just give "Dads" time. That's for viewers, mind you. It won't help the show get better, but it'll keep you watching "Dads." Or they could just add Heather Locklear as somebody's sexy mom.
[UPDATE: The third episode made no attempts at "heart." And mostly just maintained the coarseness. And had lots of diarrhea jokes. A took a major plotline from "Suburgatory." And mostly just wasn't funny.]