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Free Ride



Premiere Date: Special Preview on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 (20th Century Fox Television)
Network: FOX
Time: Sundays at 9:30 p.m.
Cast: Starring Josh Dean, Erin Cahill, Dave Sheridan, Loretta Fox, Allan Havey


College: you go through it for four years (maybe more), and then once you are done, you realize you really aren't interested in your area of study and the only place you can go is back home to live with your parents in Missouri. The only problem is that even though you can PHYSICALLY go home, you can't MENTALLY go home because things have changed... and that's the story of one of FOX's newest sitcoms, Free Ride.

Cast Details:

Free Ride stars Josh Dean as Nate Stallings, a recent college business major that has decided that his next step in life is to move back home with his parents, Margo (Loretta Fox) and Bob (Allan Havey), and freeload for as long as humanly possible. Upon returning home, and trying to go back to his pre-college life, he meets up with an old high school friend Dove (Dave Sheridan), who has climbed all the way up to a department store auto department assistant manager (but he is still waiting for his employee badge to be made), and the girl he has always wanted (except she is now engaged), Amber (Erin Cahill).

The bottom line is that the stars of the show are all unknowns--every single one of them. In fact, the biggest star on the show is Erin Cahill, and her claim to fame was that she (don't laugh) played the Pink Power Ranger. But then again, it isn't necessarily who the stars are or what they have done that make a show good or bad, what matters is whether or not they can do the role and how the work with the other characters.

Pilot Plot:

In the pilot episode, Nate returns home after spending all of those years in college, only to find that things aren't the same at home. His bedroom has been turned into an exercise room, his parents have been going to therapy to improve their marriage (and exercise their own therapy at home), the girl that he has always wanted seems to be in reach (but isn't), and the person that he can most closely relate to is stuck way back in his high school days. Is he going to be able to survive at home for the two weeks that he is going to be there? Or will two weeks even be enough time for him to move on?

The timeslot premiere episode (airing Sunday 9:30 p.m.), "Up the Aunty," has Nate getting his first job out of college--and he gets the job that anybody that has a business degree would get, a job working at an Australian themed restaurant. Meanwhile, Dove has a new girlfriend: Nate's aunt. And Nate is forced into a double date with Dove and Nate's aunt (how awkward is that?), and an unusual situation occurs when another close family relative is waiting for her when she returns home.


The show really isn't a GREAT show in my opinion, although I have seen many shows that are much worse succeed. While it has a general plot that really hasn't been done in any sitcoms, the plot isn't really very well executed. Maybe it'll get a little better as it goes on, I don't know. I do, however, like the idea that show is partially improvised. It is interesting to see a sitcom that is not COMPLETELY scripted for a change. I think some of the improvised parts of the episodes (although it is hard to tell exactly what was improvised and what wasn't, because it was that natural) were probably some of the better parts of the episodes. I do think that this could be a better show if the episode plots were a little better.


I'm not so sure about this show. I've been wrong before, but I don't believe this show will become FOX's next big hit. In fact, it seems that FOX must feel the same way, because they are airing the show in the timeslot currently occupied by American Dad, which is scheduled to return to that timeslot by late April. If it sounds interesting, then watch it, but you probably won't regret missing it if you don't watch.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 2.5/5
Funniness: 2/5
Overall: 2.5/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/08/06

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