I stayed up later than I should checking out NBC’s new comedy, Go On. I meant to just watch the first episode to see what it was like, but I enjoyed it so much I had to stay up and watch all five episodes available on OnDemand.
Actually, there were six episodes available, but the sixth was still in the 30-minute “all the commercials” mode. And since NBC has joined with others that disable the fast forward in OnDemand [spit, a pox on your house], I’ll hold off until they put up the shorter version with only the NBC promos and PSAs. Those versions are 22-minutes (or 23 or 24 tops), which means eight minutes of commercials I don’t have to ignore.
So NBC can kiss my big hairy ass when it comes to commercials, but I think they have a real gem in Go On!
The first episode had me in stitches while at the same time showing some real heart and genuine characters (at least as genuine as most TV comedy characters get). I like that it has a dash of Community‘s odd-ball behavior, but only a dash. For my money Community tries a little too hard, and while it is very creative, it’s too surreal for me to really connect with.
The class is led by Laura Benanti (as the similarly named Lauren Bennett), who doesn’t actually have much training, but is pretty good nevertheless. I’m guessing there will be a bit of romantic tension as the series goes on.
It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s touching and even has bits of pathos. An very tasty stew that so far I’m liking a lot!
The idea that his wife died because she was texting and ran a stop sign is a brave and interesting choice. They haven’t really gone anywhere with that, yet, but I hope they will. I would think Ryan would have some anger about it.
[People using cell phones while they drive ranks up there with one of my most hated behaviors. About the only worse normal behavior I can think of is those goat dick-sucking spam turds. (I say “normal behavior” to distinguish from terrorists, rapists (same thing, really), child molesters (again, same thing) and other genuine human horror shows.)]
Matthew Perry is as good as I’ve ever seen him. His style can rub me a little the wrong way at times, but he seems perfectly cast here and entirely comfortable in the role. There isn’t a lot of Chandler Bing to be seen.
I really liked him in The Whole Nine Yards, one of my more favored comedies.
(How can you not love a dark comedy with Bruce Willis, the incredibly beautiful Natasha Henstridge, not to mention Rosanna Arquette and Kevin Pollak (in a completely over-the-top performance), plus Amanda Peet and Michael Clarke Duncan.)
If you’ve never seen it (and you enjoy dark comedies), I recommend you add it to your list. (You can skip the sequel, The Whole Ten Yards. I wish I had.)
But, bottom line, I’m really liking NBC’s Go On!
The other episodes I watched weren’t as side-splitting guffawing out loud (GOL!) as the first one, but I suspect a lot of that was a “first time” effect (and maybe the beers). I completely enjoyed the later episodes, and there were plenty of laughs (and even some moist eyes at the poignant bits, so it covers a wonderful range).
I have no complaints and am looking forward to following this new show! Good job NBC and Matthew Perry!