December 1st, 2011
05:31 PM ET
Fox’s new sitcom “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” premiered with respectable ratings after “The X Factor” on Wednesday night.
About 6.8 million people tuned in to watch the multicamera comedy about the disconnect between moms and their – you guessed it – teenage daughters.
But, despite a decent turnout, the show isn’t resonating with critics.
While Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran have at least been recognized as “skilled comic actors” attempting to carry a one-note sitcom, reviewers aren’t cutting the actresses who play their daughters any slack.
“The rest of the cast is limited, particularly the bland actresses who play the daughters,” a Boston Globe reviewer wrote. “When you compare them with the kids on ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Suburgatory,’ you can see they bring very little to the table. They get an F as queen bees.”
And Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker agrees: “The daughters, played by Kristi Lauren and Aisha Dee, were interchangeable ciphers. … They weren’t ‘funny.’ These girls are the kinds of characters that turn off adolescent viewers and who make adults watching the true haters.”
And while reviewers agree that the concept is there for “Teenage Daughter,” nobody seems to have much faith that the series can turn it around.
“It’s a shame, because a better-executed 'Teenage Daughter' could have been the kind of funny, outrageously rude family sitcom Fox built its brand on, rather than a tired and slightly depressing mess,” a Time Magazine TV critic wrote.
One Twitter user was already anticipating the program's demise: “‘I Hate My Teenage Daughter’ debuts on Wednesday on Fox and will be cancelled on Thursday.”
Did you tune in for the pilot? What do you think of “Teenage Daughter”?
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