Where's the funny on 'Best Friends Forever'?
April 5th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Where's the funny on 'Best Friends Forever'?

On NBC's Wednesday night series premiere of "Best Friends Forever," we were introduced to Joe and Lennon.  Just your average couple, although Lennon has a good friend named Jessica. A very, very good friend.

When Jessica's marriage fell apart, Lennon opened the home she shares with Joe to her. The pair immediately fell into old habits (ritual viewings of "Steel Magnolias," for example), and Joe was practically brushed aside. The special chair he used to watch football was a particular sore point.

This TV season – with the rise of female-centric comedies – there have been a few shows focused on men taking a backseat to women, and with the sole exception of "Last Man Standing," none of the shows have taken off (and frankly, they haven't been very good). "Best Friends Forever" looks at it from a different angle, with a woman's friendship threatening to make things difficult for the man in her life.

Executive produced by Fred Savage – yes, that Fred Savage – "Best Friends Forever" is the best show to explore this dynamic this season (though the superior "New Girl" explores gender roles in a very different way).

One big problem here is that the show is not terribly funny. One of the few truly amusing parts was the introduction of Queenetta, a young neighbor girl whom the women have befriended, though at times she can seem something like their nemesis. She kind of came out of nowhere, which was great, because so much of this first episode was by the numbers.

It should come as no surprise that Joe and Lennon mended fences, and even got engaged. When the big moment happened – in a bathroom, no less – Jessica was there to take part in a group hug.

The cast is all likable enough, but there definitely needed to be more laughs here.

Did you check out the premiere? Will you watch next week? Share your view on video or comment below.


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  1. Michelle

    I actually ended up watching BFF twice (once with my BFF and once with my mom when I thought she would find it funny).

    I enjoyed the show and liked that there were times they could've gone for an over-the-top funny, but stayed with a more realistic portrayal of what two best friends would do in the situation.

    I guess it is just personal preference.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lol's dad

    Lol just bend over again and He beg for it up his a55. now talk about a s lut my boy loves getting rammed.

    April 6, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brenda

    I had high hopes for this show, but was disappointed. The treatment of the male character really made me mad. The overbearing friend was just too much.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clint

    Much funnier than Modern Family. Great special effects,

    April 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eduardo Fuentes

      This show is a thousand times better than Modern Family. Everyone on MF is either pretentious or from india.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Amy

    I watched it. It was ok, something I'd probably watch again, but yes, I wish it was funnier. I LOVE Bent though. I was laughing out loud many times last night while watching Bent!

    April 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Julia

    i thought it was hillarious

    April 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 5, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Frank Lee

    Misandry much?

    April 5, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jacob Liebowitz

    Buy some kafeltafish and matzah balls. You will have friends for life. Us Mormons love good kafeltafish.

    April 5, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ruth

    It was better than I expected considering the horrible reviews it got. It definitely has possibilities. I will watch it again

    April 5, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Beautiful Vixen

    I had a bff once. She found out I was doing her bf n found out what a beotch I am. No more bff. Have not had a bff since.

    April 5, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      You would admit that for all the bloggers to see? You must be so happy with yourself, sl ut!

      April 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |

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