Sit Down, Be Disappointed

During our J/DB reunion we took the opportunity to check out the first episode of Sit Down, Shut Up. Now I consider Arrested Development to be pretty much the height of situational comedy. Not only was it amazingly funny, but you’d find new jokes every time you watch an episode, not to mention everything stays really really funny. You can tell when a creator has made something truly special (for example, Ron Moore isn’t going to top BSG, he just can’t) and Mitchell Hurwitz had that with AD. So I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as AD, but I was expecting more than what we got.

sdsuThis isn’t to say that there wasn’t a lot of cool stuff in Sit Down, Shut Up. I really liked the use of photographs for backgrounds, and we both laughed a lot. But it just felt… off. Even though it was funny the characters and the plot just felt lame, and the episode left us with no desire to ever see any more of the series. It was a strange feeling.

Also, a word for any AD fans who are thinking of giving the show a chance: it’s a very different style of comedy than Arrested Development. A quick IMDB search shows that none of the ST,SU writers worked on AD, so even though they share the same showrunner and some of the same actors, they’re very different shows.

-Jerk

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~ by Jerk on May 3, 2009.

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