April 12th, 2012
09:35 AM ET
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.
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