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'Til Death

TITLE: 'TIL DEATH - FOX FALL 2006


Info:

Premiere Date: Thursday, September 7, 2006 (Sony Pictures Television)
Network: FOX
Time: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
Cast: Starring Brad Garrett, Joely Fisher, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Kat Foster


Introduction:

When you've been married for two weeks, you realize how wonderful marriage is. You love each other so much, can't keep your hands off of each other, and are so optimistic about the great future you and your new spouse will have together. But when you've been married for 25 years, life can be miserable! And that is the premise of FOX's newest sitcom, "'Til Death."


Cast Details:

They went all out on the cast for this one. Who would have known that FOX would actually have a new sitcom with people that we've heard of before? Eddie (Brad Garrett) is a high school history teacher who is (kind of unhappily) married to Joy (Joely Fisher). They know each other so well, and they are annoyed by each other too. But they've been married too long to just throw it all away now.

Steph (Kat Foster) and Jeff Woodcock (Eddie Kaye Thomas) are their new neighbors, who have only been married for 12 days. Jeff is the vice-principal at the high school where Eddie teaches. They think married life is great, but Eddie is out to teach Jeff that things will change.


Pilot Plot:

Well, basically, we just meet the two families in the pilot. And that is about it. Oh, Eddie and Jeff carpool to work together. And Jeff talks about how much he loves his wife. And Eddie thinks he is crazy. This is probably the most exciting part of the episode.

Basically, Jeff wants a pool table, and Steph says that he can have one later, and Eddie explains to him that means he will never get a pool table. And then he goes home and talks to Steph about getting a pool table. I can't say anymore without ruining the climatic ending of the first episode, you'll be glued to the tube for this one!


Analysis:

This was really a painful 22 minutes to sit through. The show has stars in it, which is fine, I have no trouble with that, but where is the substance? The plot about getting a pool table was just outright obnoxious. I try to give every show a fair chance but this one has already blown one chance. Hopefully other episodes will be better.

There is a particular element to this show that I also find annoying. The show uses, from time-to-time throughout the episodes, these little vignettes from little kids in a school or daycare talking about what they think married life will be like, having nothing to do with the episode. It isn't cute at all. It is obnoxious.


Conclusion:

Once again, we have a new sitcom from FOX that I am not too excited about, and I think a lot of people will agree with that assessment once they see the show. The way I see it, this show has nothing at all going for it except for the fact that it stars Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. This is a classic example of one of those shows where they get a big star to be in the show (although I'm a little hesitant to call Brad Garrett a "big" star) to compensate for a poorly developed show.

I almost wonder if that is the one and only reason FOX ever decided to air it. However, I have to say that this show could have some potential (the FOX hit "Married... With Children" had a similar premise as this show, and it was a great show), but in order to have potential it needs to be reworked--starting with taking out those annoying vignettes from the kids! Watch the show yourself to decide. But don't expect this show to last 'til death; death will be sooner than the producers would want.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 2/5
Funniness: 1.5/5
Overall: 2/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 09/02/06

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