This week on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday, Tiffany and I are hanging out at the USA network. Well, not literally. But for how much love we show for their programming, they should be extending an invite. This week, Tiffany visits the already in progress Fairly Legal and I check out the brand new Common Law.
Common Law features two police detectives, Travis (Michael Ealy) and Wes (Warren Kole), who are great detectives who seem to be having some troubles in the partnering department. Their captain, not wishing to give up on their partnership, does what he thinks is best: sends them to couples counseling.
Not only are they in couples counseling, but they are in a group counseling situation, which makes for some fun amongst the romantically intertwined.
The partners are your typical Odd Couple. One is straight-laced, bordering on OCD (maybe even crossing the corder), while the other is a shoot from the hip ladies’ man.
Sound familiar? Of course. The “Odd Couple” formula has been played over and over and over (and did I mention, over?). Yet, these two are charming and neurotic enough to keep me from immediately changing the station. The great thing is that they work well together and obviously don’t hate each other. They just have a hard time getting along.
Coming from a big family, I know that feeling. You can love someone to death, yet want to smack them on a regular basis. So, the relationship here is one you can definitely relate to.
There are moments in the dialog and cases that are on the predictable side for me, yet I still found the show enjoyable. USA manages to do what it always does well – deliver characters.
Only time will tell how good the show can be. While the trite “Odd Couple” formula might be a formula for failure on other networks, USA seems to know how to deliver this idea in a way that keeps its viewers watching (think Gus and Shawn in Psych).
This won’t be entering my Top Ten list anytime soon, or even my favorite USA show, but it definitely deserves a spot in my JFTV viewing. We’ll see where it lands in my junk drawer as the series progresses.
Now head over to Tiffany’s blog and see what she thinks of Fairly Legal. Given USA’s track record, I’ll bet it is at least watchable.
Next week we revisit Smash and The Client List, to let you know what happened after we let them simmer for a bit.
A brief announcement: I’ve cancelled my cable service. I’ll be continuing the #watchwed series with Tiffany, but it may mean featuring more programming available on the web, which is great news for those of you who have already made the same jump I just did.
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech