Kenan - series premiere 2/16/21 *spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by lambertman, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. lambertman

    lambertman With an "L"

    Dec 20, 2002


    I don't know if there are many more likable personalities in TV than Kenan Thompson.

    But oh boy, this was awwwwwful. Half stale sitcom cliches/rejected SNL talk show sketch ideas and half truly uncomfortable moments that he doesn't really have the gravitas to pull off (and probably shouldn't be trying in a sitcom, anyway). And I think there was a better way to reference his late wife in the story than "romancing his improperly cast TV mom".

    At this time, cannot recommend. Will still watch to see if they figure themselves out.

    EDIT: traditional request to change the title to make this a season thread?
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2021
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  2. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    Seriously. I love him on SNL, but this show made me ask "What up with that?". It was terrible.
  3. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Agreed it was bad. The premise was totally half-baked. At one point, they referenced that the wife had died a year ago. So why is this all of a sudden an issue that has to be dealt with ASAP? They never explained that.
  4. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Not surprised - he's not that good on SNL IMO. In 90% of the sketches he's in, he's constantly smirking. I always enjoyed his David Ortiz on WU though.
  5. HarleyRandom

    HarleyRandom Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2015


    I agree. He and Beck are my favorite male cast members.

    Here, I couldn't stand the morning show. I couldn't stand to watch him mess up. I enjoy watching Ted Danson make the same type mistakes. I guess it's because Kenan could lose his job while The Mayor doesn't need one.

    I was happy at least to see Douglas' girlfriend from "Single Parents" as his boss.

    Scenes at home were much better. I like the kids. I like Don Johnson and don't really know why, because he wasn't this type of character when he was a lawyer on The WB and the only other show I've seen him in was "Nash Bridges" which I watched for Cheech and only saw a few episodes of.

    But if we have to see him at work every week I need to transfer future episodes to the Bolt and wait until I've finished everything else I don't want to see.
  6. HarleyRandom

    HarleyRandom Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    At least his wife looks good but that sitcom? Better as an SNL sketch maybe.
  7. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    The show had a weird rhythm to it that made me very uncomfortable. It was as if they wrote it to be a multi-camera sitcom with a laugh track, but then they changed their mind at the last second. I like Kenan and Don Johnson, though, so I'll stick with it a bit longer. Hopefully, it will settle into a more natural groove in episode two.
  8. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    Lasted just a few minutes and switched off. Not at all appealing with absolutely zero redeeming features!
  9. wouldworker

    wouldworker _

    Sep 7, 2004
    MA, USA
    My wife and I enjoyed it. We were kinda drunk though.
  10. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Plenty of sit, not enough com.

    It's okay, but nothing really worth sticking around for. I'm already tired of them mining the dead wife for comedy. If that's going to be the entire premise, I won't make it thru the 3rd episode.
  11. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Thought the second episode was significantly better than the first, but still not great.
  12. HarleyRandom

    HarleyRandom Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2015
    I thought the second episode was wonderful. Except for the parts at work, and I'm not counting the live on the scene report by Kenan as "work" because the co-workers I don't like were there. Only the boss who was on "Single Parents".

    Don Johnson and the brother are both great. But what made the second episode work is it's a "situation comedy" and this was a very funny situation.

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