Welcome back to our midseason TV posts (a continuation of our fall TV series). As a reminder: We’re here to help you determine which shows are worthy of watching live, what’s OK to watch while folding clothes on the weekend, or what you don’t even need to bother with.
(Warning! Possible spoilers ahead.)
Premiered: Jan. 10 on Fox (Watch online.)
A Fox executive leafs through a stack of pitches on his (or her) desk. After reading through each one, he (or she) throws it to the floor. An office comedy. No. Another dysfunctional family sitcom. No. A heroic underdog story. Boring. And a remake of MASH. Never going to happen.
When he (or she) gets through the stack, he (or she) stares helplessly at the pile that has accumulated on the floor and voila! A brilliant idea hits him (or her)! Combine them all, throw in three attractive actors—plus Keith David as the magic ingredient—and Fox's next great comedy is born!
Geoff Stults as Pete Hill
Parker Young as Randy Hill
Chris Lowell as Derrick Hill
Keith David as Sgt. Major Donald Cody
Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)
Angelique Cabral as Jill Perez
Ron Funches as Private Huggins
Mel Rodriguez as Corporal Chubowski
Michelle Buteau as Private Robinson
Tania Gunadi as Private Park
Mort Burke as Private Gumble
Kyle Davis as Private Dobkiss
Ezra Buzzington as Private Swaggle
Baron Vaughn as Wallace
Emily: The cast is adorable. Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, and Parker Young have stolen my heart as brothers, and I am split between wanting to be their little sister (even though I'm older than 2/3 of them) and dating all of them (which might be awkward if they were actually brothers). I think this show is a prime example of when chemistry amongst the actors works it can completely make a show. I also love the side characters. I think they have room to grow and shine, and almost make me want to join the army. But not quite.
Mandy: The idea of a band of misfits becoming a “family” isn’t a new one, but it’s a good one nonetheless, and I’m always up for a heartwarming story about the underdogs. It also doesn’t hurt that the show had some truly funny moments. Plus, Chris Lowell as a sarcastic screw-up? It’s such a different character from the perfect and (almost) always sweet Piz. I like it a whole lot.
It's Not Me, It's You
Emily: It's a pilot, so the actors are still finding their grooves. I've been told that the cast all went to a week of boot camp after filming the pilot so that as the season progresses, they have learned to be more army-like (is that a thing?).
Mandy: The cheese factor in Enlisted is high. Like uncomfortably so. I’m all for silly comedy, but when a show makes me feel awkward, I’m not laughing with it, I’m laughing at it. Also, I can see the potential in the relationship with the three brothers, but I’m not digging the crew of misfits they’re working with. It might have been because there too many soldiers to get to know in one half-hour show, but they all felt a little flat and stereotypical. I’d hope that in future episodes, these characters become more well-rounded and part of the team.
Let's Do This Again
Emily: I am a fan of this show. The humor is definitely on point, meaning that it's not necessarily clever or life changing, but it makes me laugh. There are surprisingly sweet moments that make this show have more heart than most comedies on air right now, and just as I'm rooting for the ragtag group of army underdogs to be successful, I'm also rooting for the show. I don't know if I'll be home Friday nights watching, but it is definitely first up on my DVR to watch with my Saturday morning coffee.
Mandy: I’m not going to give up on this show after only one episode. There were definitely a few moments at which I genuinely laughed and I enjoy at least two of the three brothers. (I can see Randy getting really annoying really quickly.) I’m not sure I’ll keep up with it, but it might be good to watch in large chunks on the weekend.
What did you think? Let us know in the comments!