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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Best Friends Forever - our first impression

We’ve had three weeks of this NBC show, so it’s time to weigh in. Leeard liked the show from the start. It’s very cute, we like the topic of best friends, it’s easy to watch, and there are some funny moments. Ern thinks it’s okay. It’s not laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes the friends can get a little loud and scream-y. There’s also a question of whether one friend is taking advantage of another and whether the friendship is more co-dependent than supportive. But without the closeness, there would be no show. 

One of the likable things is the boyfriend/girlfriend relationship depicted. It’s one of the least annoying romantic relationships on TV right now. It feels real, and it’s one of the show’s most entertaining features. The acting is good and the Braveheart references were impressive/amusing. The show plays us hot and cold. Sometimes it has really good moments and sometimes it’s unimpressive. For the most part, we like the writing and characters, but it's not original enough or funny enough to stave of a bleak fate. The show needs some time to grow and develop, but it probably won’t get it. Best Friends Forever is likely to be canceled, so don’t get too attached.

Pilot grade: B
The Butt Dial: B-
Put a Pin in It: C+

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