TITLE: 'TIL DEATH - FOX FALL 2006
Premiere Date: Thursday, September 7, 2006 (Sony Pictures Television)
Time: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
Cast: Starring Brad Garrett, Joely Fisher, Eddie Kaye
Thomas, Kat Foster
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."
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.
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
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!
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
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
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):
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 09/02/06
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