What's the verdict on 'Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23'?
April 12th, 2012
09:35 AM ET

What's the verdict on 'Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23'?

It's been a long ride for "Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23." That's technically the third version of the title for the ABC comedy, since it was picked up by the network nearly a year ago.

But after all that, is the show any good? Oh yeah, it is.

Krysten Ritter has been a scene-stealer since her time on "Veronica Mars," "Gilmore Girls" and "Breaking Bad," and she finally has the perfect starring vehicle as the titular "B****," Chloe, who takes in June (played by Dreama Walker), a new resident to Manhattan.

Despite warnings from a neighbor who is not-so-secretly obsessed with Chloe (hence the title), June takes a chance, and it's not long before she starts to regret it.

For one thing, the neighbor in the building next door has a front row seat to their kitchen, and Chloe parades around naked for him. Then, Chloe charges too much for rent, and uses the rest of the money for a purse. Then she invites Chloe to a foursome – in their apartment's living room – with two random guys. There are also comments like this: "So how was moving? I was gonna help you, but then I didn't want to."

June gets back at Chloe for the rent money by selling all of her stuff, and at first, it seems like it's war between these two - until Chloe figures out that June's fiance is cheating on her. But this involves getting a young kid drunk, and having sex with her fiance on June's birthday cake.

Despite all that, June is grateful to Chloe for saving her from making a big mistake, so it looks like we'll continue to see a push-and-pull between the roommates.

Ritter and Walker's chemistry is what's really great about this show, and it's so fearless and has so many bizarre/wacky moments, that it's hard not to love it. And I haven't even gotten to James Van Der Beek.

"I Don't Want to Wait" theme song reference? Check. "Varsity Blues" reference? Check. Energy drink commercial shot in Vietnam by the Beek? Now that's just fun.

The stuff with Van Der Beek is almost superfluous, but it's all very funny at the same time. Here's hoping it doesn't get old fast, though.

This being one of the last new series of the season, it's sure to be a brief visit to the world of "Apartment 23" before ABC has to decide about renewing it. Every female-centric comedy this year has been a success, and I really hope this one continues that streak.

It's been a long wait to find the best new network series of the season, but this is it.

Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Share your view on video or comment below.


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    May 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tony the T

    This show will run out of gas fast. It can't get much mileage out of James Van der Beek and his Dawson Creek schtick for long. The obsessed neighbor is already played out in 2 episodes.. The wise ass self centered B is old stuff when coupled with a sweet/naive foil. And the final nail will be that there is nothing funny in the lines, just a tiny bit of querky.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JJ Jones

    I watched the pilot and didn't laugh once. Gave it a second chance and laughed even less. I can't believe people think it is funny. Nothing clever about the comedy at all. If not jokes that develope toward a punch line at least something funny would be nice. This is just semi and I mean semi-weird. One of the flattest comedy shows in a long time..

    April 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Trey

    I watched the first two episodes (on Hulu – the second's available early), and I'll definitely keep watching it.

    April 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michelle

    I like it.

    April 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yoda

    Not funny, show is....High I will get.....puff puff....

    April 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. how

    how can you have a main character who is unlikeable?

    April 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. casco

    Saw the show. it was ok. Will skpi itnext week. There are better show to watch.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MoJo

    This show was funny. I LOL'd. Not every show has to be groundbreaking emmy material. It was funny and fun.

    However, this would have been better as a 90-minute movie. I can see the antics getting old very quick, and the same jokes over and over again week after week isn't going to keep audiences. We get it, she's a b****, and if her amusing selfish one-liners are going to get old fast if that's all there is to the show.

    April 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. marieee

    How low can we go? I guess we just keep going lower, what a shame.

    April 13, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. CCM123

    I thought the show was terrible. My teenage daughters were excited by the previews but once they watched it, they were very let down. Even they thought it was crass and predictable. And whoever commented that it is way much than Modern Family – Seriously???

    April 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mmaitland789

    Oh, I am surprised to see a lot of people don't like it– I am not embarrassed to say I loved it! Very clever and funny. Good chemistry and not predictable (at least for the one episode). I'd never seen Dawson's Creek but thought JVDB was spot-on and liked Krysten already from Breaking Bad. I hope they keep it– I've already added a Season's Pass to the TIVO!

    April 12, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sokman

    I haven't seen it, but may give it a chance. A show about a chick that walks around in the buff & is into foursomes can't be all that bad. Sounds better suited for Showtime After Hours though

    April 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Linda Trimble

    RIDICULOUS, Insulting to ones intelligence. HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. grace louise

    Hated it, I tried to give it a chance but it was very dumb.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ihatevegetables.canIeatavegan?

    I thought it had it's moments. It has the potential to be hilarious or to get old quick.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Betty

    Oh gosh last nights episode was incredible. Much much funnier than Modern Family. I hope they keep this show on the air. It rocks.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  18. PacificJuls

    I thought it was really good! Much better than Two Broke Girls and Whitney...Look forward to the next one.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • duh2

      I agree.. I thought Whitney and Two Broke Girls were terrible shows. I was actually intrigued by this one. I was happily surprised to see Krysten Ritter starring after watching her in Breaking Bad. I plan to keep watching.

      April 15, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  19. :

    Must not be too good, only one person says it's good

    April 12, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  20. Keith C

    Me too. Probably the worst show I've ever seen. Mega bad.

    April 12, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  21. mep

    Wow! Did we watch the same show? I thought it was horrible! There was nothing funny about it. Won't watch again.

    April 12, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  22. donald

    Loved it, laughed constantly and found myself saying OMG can't wait to see what the B does next. How long before the room mate is replaced by another doe eyed sap or ruthless B.

    April 12, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  23. Observer is a liberal stooge.

    Observer is a liberal stooge.

    April 12, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  24. duh

    I live in CT but I still say the verdict is... death.

    April 12, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  25. Nate

    Although I haven't seen the show, I can assure you it is the dumbest program on tv. It is both embicillic and moronish. And poooopy.

    April 12, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      HA! Listen to how angry and sad you all sound. Get out of your mother's basement and get a clue.

      April 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ben

    Its a poooop show. Not good at all.

    April 12, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  27. CHEEFSFURY

    NOT FUNNY

    April 12, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |

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