Dads is a pilot in desperate need of a parachute. The pilot of Fox’s newest sitcom begins modestly enough. Eli (Seth Green), son to David (Peter Reigert), works at Ghost Child Games, a video game development company. His friend Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) also works there. Warner comes into the office bemoaning the latest issues he has with his father, Crawford (Martin Mull).
Warner’s Dad lives with him, and he’s a tremendous slob. Warner’s wife, Camilla (Vanessa Lachey), isn’t too fond of having her father-in-law living under their roof. The problem is that Warner just cannot find it in himself to put his foot down, so his Dad continues to walk all over him. Eli’s problems with his Dad stem from his father being a burden on Eli’s free-wheeling life. David’s had a bad marriage, and now he’s moved on to irritating his son.
Dads’ controversial joke about an Asian co-worker (Brenda Song) dressing and behaving stereotypically for Chinese investors, is not worth protesting over. This B plot lasts about five minutes in total. It’s five minutes of unfunny jokes. Is this the kind of humor we are to expect from two veteran comedy writers?
Dads’ premise has the makings of a decent comedy series, but when the time came to toss out some jokes, Dads doesn’t really work. Dads trades in humor that would be considered taboo or controversial, but comedies like Louie have tackled race in far better ways. Simply having old people spout outdated racial terms does not count as a good, yet tasteless, joke. Even if your aim is for cringe humor, you have to dig a bit deeper with your material.
If Dads wants to have any future at all, they need to work at all of its comedy, not just its racial humor. I’d also like them to abandon that hideous dinosaur of a laugh track, but I know that will stick around. I certainly will not.Powered by Sidelines