The only way this crappy excuse for a comedy show makes it past a couple of episodes is if Fox has a legal commitment to Grammer. There’s almost nothing to recommend this show.
For starters, the creativity level of the show is evinced succintly in the title. It’s The Sketch Show. Would a more generic name be possible? Perhaps if someone made a show called The TV Show.
This may be the lamest excuse for a “comedy” series I’ve ever seen on television. Intellectually, this show would be an insult to Three’s Company or Benny Hill. You don’t even get the good looking women in hot pants with this show.
Two guys in armor suits approach a hotel desk. “We need a room for two knights.” Cue the canned laughter. End of “sketch.” The whole show was that bad. Hell, they used that bit for the promos. Laugh-In was far more cutting edge. It also had more personality.
But hey, we got a million of ‘em if you don’t like that one. Hardly any of the others are significantly better, though. I saw writing credits for a half dozen people here, and this was the best you could come up with for a big opening? Not promising.
The last sketch was the worst offender, stretched out for several weary minutes. It involved Grammer in a studio performing “California Dreaming,” and the entire joke repeated many numerous times was simply that the backing singers are too stupid to repeat his lines. Besides just not being any bit witty or funny or amusing, it was positively damned annoying to have to hear Grammer massacre the song six or eight times- not to comic effect, but simply by being poor singing, repeated again and again and again.
The cast was OK, but they didn’t have much to work with. Perhaps if they were given decent material, they could do alright. The one thing I would say positive about the show at all, is that I appreciate the presence of Mary Lynn Rajskub. She did some good acting and heart stealing as computer geek Chloe O’Brian on 24. It’s good to see that she’s got work. She’s really good.