…is pretty good. Watch it here. A little bit Wonder Years, a little bit Malcolm in the Middle. Another show that was Wonder Years meets Malcolm was Oliver Beene. Like Oliver Beene, Everybody Hates Chris is set in an urban environment. Unlike Beene, Chris keeps it real. It’s down to earth and grounded in real-world problems.
The only weakness I found was the lame musical score—for instance one scene where the Rock parents discuss the bills is played to a silly Mickey-Mouse score that tries too hard to remind you that you’re watching a comedy. Chris needs to take a page from Malcolm or Scrubs, which use music to punctuate jokes without coming across dated or cheesy. Other than that, strong potential. I didn’t laugh out loud or fall in love at first sight like I did with the Arrested Development pilot, but really most shows take a few episodes to truly win you over.
…but it’s on against Joey! What to do…?