Awkward And Adorable Appears To Be A Winning Combo In This Fall’s New Sitcoms

Usually we aren’t big fans of the half-hour sitcom. There isn’t enough character development for our obsessive personalities to absorb. They are usually like stand-up comedy with sets.

However, this season seems to have some real contenders that may earn a viewing once our hour-long shows slip into re-runs. Good thing sitcoms don’t seem to have a break at the holidays.

The greatest thing about the shows that have the most intriguing premises is that they are all about chicks. The ladies are running the show this year.

(All the synopses you see here have been taken from the official network sites)

New Girl


Jess Day is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Although she’s dorky and awkward, she’s comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she’s not used to hanging with the boys – especially at home.

 First Impressions:

Zooey Deschanel is delightful in every way. And, we can definitely get behind a show that features a goofy, dorky, awkward girl and the dudes who will all inevitably fall in love with her. It’s how the real world should work! Not to mention, watching someone else fumble through terrible dates is always entertaining.


We think that Deschanel is definitely capable of keeping the adorableness under wraps. It will be a thin line between just sweet enough and so sweet it gives people cavities just watching and we are hoping that it will be the former. We think it will be a delightfully funny addition to the T.V. universe.

FOX Tuesdays

Premiere Date: September 20, 9 PM

Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Damon Wayans Jr.

Up All Night


Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the cliches of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris. As Reagan and Chris figure out their new life, self-doubt, sleep deprivation and the pressure of today’s parenting protocols rattle their confidence. What’s more, the endless needs of Reagan’s boss, ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host Ava, threaten to throw Reagan off balance.

First Impressions:

Any show that has people swearing repeatedly in front of a baby is okay in our books! Also, when the same people who created 30 Rock, SNL and Parks and Recreation are creating this, how can it go wrong?  On top of that, Will Arnett and Christina Applegate are comic genius. And, we haven’t even mentioned Maya Rudolph who has some of the best comic delivery we have seen in a long time – not to mention hot off the success of Bridesmaids.


See above. Its bound to be gold.

NBC Wednesdays

Premiere Date: September 14, 10 PM

Starring: Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Beau Dunn.



Whitney is a hilarious look at modern day love, which centers around Whitney and Alex, a happily unmarried couple. Together for three years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched, which seems to get a mixed response from their friends…At the end of the day, Whitney and Alex try to have a relationship on their own terms – in a world that expects a more traditional approach.

First Impressions:

First of all, we did not pick this because one of us is named Whitney. It looks genuinely funny. We thought it was going to be garbage when we first watched the preview but were surprised at how many times we actually laughed at it. Though we will admit, it was more at Chris D’Elia’s delivery than most of the stuff Whitney Cummings was doing.


This show should do well as it has been placed in NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup. However, now that Steve Carrell has left The Office it’s waning popularity could prove to be a hurdle to Whitney’s success. If people tune out after Parks and Recreation they may not return. This could be another in the long list of shows that really should succeed and ends up on the chopping block anyway.

NBC Thursdays

Premiere Date: September 22, 9:30 PM

Starring: Whitney Cummings, Chris D’Elia, Zoe Lister-Jones, Maulik Pancholy.


Also, we have favourited all the previews for the above-mentioned shows over on our YouTube site – it will save you to trouble of hunting them all down.


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Posted on August 23, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. A good sitcom?! We will have to wait and see.

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