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"The Millers" (CBS)
Biggest Flaw: It's not actually the fart jokes, but that the show makes us hate Mags Bennett.
Our Helpful Solution: As with "The Goldbergs," this family sitcom is dialed way the hell too loud, with Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges screaming their way through much of the pilot and being nakedly hostile to each other and their kids even when their tone is softer. There are ways to make the parents seem frustrating and out-of-touch without making viewers beg Will Arnett to strangle them, but the show has to relax an awful lot, and quickly. On his last show, "Raising Hope," Greg Garcia did a good job of recognizing which pilot jokes he was hitting too hard and when he was better off just trusting his actors to be funny; some of that modulation would be very welcome here, given the talent of the cast. Or they could just add Heather Locklear as somebody sexy and flatulent.