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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two Broke Girls and The Playboy Club - pilots (Spoiler-free)

Two Broke Girls

The main thing we were worried about with this show was Beth Behrs’ heiress character, but we shouldn’t have worried. Caroline is a sweet character who has a point about her nasty uniform. She’s likeable. Of course Kat Dennings is likeable too. That makes two leads who pull of their characters in a way that rises above the “types” they are playing and bring laughs. They had good chemistry.

The woman Max nannies for was really funny too, and she was the exaggerated rich girl we thought Caroline was going to be. Fortunately, she’s a side character and not one of the main twosome. A little of that goes a long way. There were some good one-liners. We like the way the leads tease each other. Of course we didn’t like the laugh track. Why do they keep making laugh track comedies? If we need to be told where to laugh, the show isn’t funny. If we need other people laughing with us in order to get us to laugh, the show is not that funny. This one was, for the most part, so it should have ditched the laugh track.

The Playboy Club

The Playboy Club is a dumb version of Mad Men. However, it wasn’t as bad as we expected it to be. One thing we liked was the fact that this show has '60s musical numbers and will feature musical guest stars. Adele would fit in just fine. Also, it features Simon Tam as the husband of one of the bunnies! (Ok, when your reviewers recognize Simon Tam, and call him Simon Tam, you know they are the wrong audience for The Playboy Club.) Lastly, it’s nothing to get our panties in a twist about. It got low ratings, so it will probably be canceled soon, and it’s just a lightweight soap.

Hugh Heffner’s voice narrated (just for the pilot) and he called the place he created “perfect” and “a place where anything could happen to anybody.” Well, as a woman, that just sounds like someone’s getting raped. At the end of the episode, Heffner said, “Bunnies were the only women in the ‘60s who could be anyone they wanted, because they had no last names.” That makes it all ok then! If the women enjoy it! (Sarcasm, obvi.) Bah haha. About six minutes in, the mob already got involved and not in a good(fellas) way. In a stupid way, even though it was smart to go for girl power early by having the main chauvinist pig get killed by a Bunny’s stiletto.

We don’t like Eddie Cibrian either. He’s supposed to come across as mysterious, but he really comes across as stiff and uncharismatic. (He should have just told Carol-Lynne the truth about what happened, right? She’s supposedly smart and in love with him, so she could probably be trusted.) Speaking of Carol-Lynne, the resident “aging bunny” with issues about getting old: Her storylines make us laugh, because she could pass for 25. She’s the best character on the show so far though.

This show is about flirtation, a glamorous men’s club, and the girls, who have secrets, schemes, and significant others. Also, it’s about the guys who ride in like white knights to save them, try to marry them to lock them down, admire them, or just try to sleep with them. It’s not horrible, but we are dropping it, because we just aren’t interested.

We really aren’t digging the main plot with the mob, the lawyer, and Maureen. We also think it will be a waste of time to watch a show that premiered to only 5 million viewers and will probably be off the air soon. It's like a Lifetime movie: A crowd-pleaser for the mainstream. It's not good enough to make us forget that we don't like the Playboy brand.

Two Broke Girls Grade: B+
The Playboy Club Grade: C+

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