Just when we thought TV writers and producers were done with the "group of adult friends sitting in a restaurant booth discussing their problems" format, CBS throws Mad Love in our faces. The show is as trivial as its name suggests.
The premise? Four friends looking for love in New York City. Really. That is it. That is what the show is portraying through 13 episodes of "been there, done that" plots. From uninspired writing, exhausted humour to bland acting, Mad Love leaves no cliché unused.
We see Sarah Chalke try to please us with yet another “girl next door” performance, which bores us to such an extent that we feel thankful for Jason Biggs' presence if it only distracts us from hers. Biggs' performance of course is a sequel to everything else he's acted in so far. With the acting range of a cell phone in a jungle, he takes you on a journey of a young man whose hesitance towards girls, clumsiness and goofy charms has won over the hearts of many women. Because this is new territory for writers. We are further subjected to the familiar routine of modern dating (apparently).
Step 1: Boy meets girl.
Step 2: Boy immediately falls for girl.
Step 3: Girl immediately falls for boy.
Step 4: Boy talks about it at length with his friend and bores his socks off as well.
Step 5: Girl also commences to talk about her deep feelings with friend who is forced to give advice which girl will proceed to ignore.
Step 6: Boy and girl are going through the EXACT SAME FEELINGS at the EXACT SAME TIME and are battling through the awkwardness at the beginning of each episode before revealing to each other how they really feel, by the end of each episode.