NBC's Guys With Kids Fails to Deliver

Reviewers say broad comedy falls flat
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2012 2:10 PM CDT
"Guys With Kids" executive producer Jimmy Fallon poses with cast members.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

(Newser) Guys with Kids, a new NBC sitcom produced by Jimmy Fallon and premiering tonight, seems to be a dud. "It’s a toothless junkball of a show, the sort of uninspired, reliable series a person is meant to turn on after a long day of work, so they can turn off," writes Willa Paskin at Salon. The premise, another foray into the "sad man" genre, entails three dads rearing young children as they grapple with their kids' mothers and their precarious masculinity.

David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gives it two out of five stars, saying there are a few decent jokes, but the characters are flat, and there's not much of a story. "Don’t bet on this show being around by the time the cute babies head off to preschool," he writes. Tim Goodman at the Hollywood Reporter calls the content "woeful" and chides NBC for "blindly guessing" when picking Guys with Kids for airtime. "That's not how you turn around a sinking ship," he warns. (Read more Guys with Kids stories.)

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