TV's Bottom 10 of 2013 from The Fien Print
Which shows join 'Dads' and 'Dracula' in Dan Fienberg's Bottom 10
1. "Dads" (FOX)
In July at the Television Critics Association press tour, FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters that most sitcoms don't arrive fully formed and that we should keep watching "Dads," even if the pilot was an astoundingly tone-deaf, racist, sexist piece of trash and even if FOX subsequently ran ad campaigns with "ordinary people" saying they didn't care what critics said anyway. So I watched additional episodes because they might get better, even if my opinion wouldn't be relevant even then, and I got to see how "Dads" steered away from the "racist" skid. Indeed, minus the occasional cheap punchline at the expense of Brenda Song's increasingly invisible character (and basically anything related to Tonita Castro's Edna), "Dads" hasn't been especially racist for a while. Kudos! "Dads" has, however, doubled down and sometimes tripled down on its sexism and misogyny, whether it was with the "Women aren't really funny" classic "Funny Girl," the "sexual harassment in the workplace is frivolous" epic "My Dad's Hotter Thank You Dad," the "Wives and Maids are basically the same" celebration "Clean on Me," the "It's weird when your wife has interests of her own" masterpiece "Foul Play" and the "Hot women farting is hilarious and disgusting" standout "Comic Book Issues." And when that wasn't happening, you had "Dads" treating Peter Riegert and Martin Mull like horrifying geriatrics, rather than two terrific actors who deserved more respect and better punchlines. With a reduced episode order and a spring schedule yank, it appears that FOX actually is giving up on "Dads" before I did, which seems totally unfair. Don't they know that sometimes it takes more than 11 episodes for awful comedies to become less awful?