Thursday, January 21, 2016

Angie Tribeca

I have watched five episodes of the new TBS comedy show Angie Tribeca. All ten episodes were aired multiple times on January 17 and 18. I recorded them all and am working through them. If you are impatient, I'll give you my opinion here at the top, I like it.

For those of you who missed the marathon, the show will be airing Monday nights on TBS beginning January 25th. It will also be repeated multiple times each week. The shows are also available on-demand.

The program is a half-hour comedy cop farce. The creators are Steve and Nancy Carell. It is completely stupid. It is full of sight gags, slapstick, satire, running gags, cliches and bad dialogue. It all adds up to a funny romp. Rashida Jones plays the part of Angie Tribeca. Angie is a police detective in Los Angeles. She is a member of the RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit) although the crimes she and her partner, Jay Giles, investigate aren't necessarily very heinous. Rashida is the only regular cast member that I recognized. The big names show up as guest stars or recurring characters. Alfred Molina is an expert in the crime lab/morgue. He has a different malady or handicap each episode. Other guest stars include Lisa Kudrow, James Franco, Bill Murray and several other "names". 

The show is similar in concept to the great Police Squad! TV show and Naked Gun movies from the 1980's that starred Leslie Nielsen. Angie is not quite as clueless as Frank Drebin but she is a very flawed character. 

Like those productions, Angie Tribeca has a lot going on. There is always something in the background. If you aren't paying attention, you'll miss many of the jokes. 

I told you up front that I like the show. Yes, it's completely stupid and juvenile. Many of the jokes are lame but then there is a good one 10 seconds later. Rashida Jones is a funny broad. The other regulars are OK too. The guest stars are fun too, playing along with the ridiculousness of the show. 

Give it a look, you'll either love it or hate it. I give it an 

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