CBS had a solid premise with 'The McCarthys.' A close-knit family of varying interests, personalities, and sexual orientations who love and supporg each other through wacky sitcom hijinks. But something terrible happened between conception and execution. Somehow what should be a progressive comedy reads like The Disney Channel trying to write sitcoms aimed at adults.
#1 – We're opening with deadpan narration over stock photos. Is this a clever parody of terrible 80s sitcoms?
#2 – It has to be. No one unironically laughs at loving 'Dunkin Donuts' as a punchline.
#3 – These people are the Mafia. This is a mob sitcom. How else do you end up in houses that close to each other unless the former owners' have accidents or are bribed?
#4 – Oh man how embarrassing. They dubbed the first table read over the this 'clever' exchange about basketball teams. How is 'Miami Sound Machine' even a punchline?
#5 – Wait, no. This is just how they're delivering lines. “I have a lot of kids…wait, there's one I like.” Blatant traumatizing parental favoritism recited with all the inflection and emotion of a T-1000 with a malfunctioning personality chip. Well that's…unfortunate.
#6 – Also unfortunate to name this sitcom family after the bigot behind McCarthyism.
#7 – The twins don't look identical because fraternal twins are hilarious? Ow, these punchlines are physically hurting me. I can feel my soul shriveling into the fetal position to protect itself from the searing pain.