April 5th, 2012
10:35 AM ET
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.
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