We love that Matt LeBlanc can make fun of himself! We saw that from the “upcoming” previews at the end of this episode, because he’s not in the pilot much. That’s a shame, because people just trying out the show last night won’t see all it has to offer until he takes a more prominent place in the show.
This show might be funnier to people who have worked in television, because it’s a satire of the behind-the-scenes stuff. The show is looking to chronicle how TV shows can go wrong in a satirical way, so true fans of TV might get the inside humor. So far, it skewers Americans remaking British shows (on a network that is currently airing a remake of a British show, Shameless). The writing is clever and amusing. It’s not laugh-out-loud funny yet, but what can you really do in a 25-minute pilot?
If you enjoy British humor, there is some there. Two of the main characters are British. There is some American humor too, and we expect that Matt LeBlanc will bring more of it. There are only going to be seven episodes in this season, so go ahead and watch them. The show is enjoyable enough to warrant three-and-a-half hours of your life. We will be watching it.
Pilot Grade: B-
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