Series Premiere: Life in Pieces Review

Series Premiere: Life in Pieces Review

Remember the 90s and early 2000s when Seinfeld and Friends ruled the airwaves? It’s easy to think back to that time as “the good old days” because it’s also far too easy to forget all the Friends and Seinfeld wannabes that flooded the market attempting to soak up some residual phenomena. Almost every new show centered around a group of friends except they were all married to each other, or one of them was gay or they were all nerds with one token hot chick (okay, maybe some of them lasted).

Well, fast forward to 2009 when a little family sitcom with a modern twist (see what I did there) came along and, in the sea of friends as family sitcoms, was a breath of fresh air. It was wonderful. But now come the wannabes.

As for Life in Pieces, in the pros column is the insanely talented cast. From Oscar winner Dianne Wiest and living legend James Brolin down to TV heavyweights Colin Hanks and Betsey Brandt and back up again to the comedic geniuses of Zoe Lister Jones and Jordan Peele. This is quite likely the best lineup of the fall season.

And yeah… that’s about it for the pros column.

Here’s the thing, Modern Family has pretty much patented the whole hysterically-funny-then-kick-you-in-the-gut-emotional thing. As consistently as they deploy it, some may be tricked into thinking it’s easy to do. But, as Life in Pieces proves, its not.

Not only did the show fail at its attempt at heartwarming, they didn’t do much better with the “funny” parts either. From the awkward first date to the bumbling new parents to the overbearing mother, none of the storylines felt at all fresh or unique. Basically, they stole the premise of the show and then failed to do anything exiting or new with it. You’re only allowed to do one of those things. Not both.

Final Verdict: Next, please.

*Life in Pieces airs Mondays at 7:30c on CBS. 

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