Premise: An unlikely friendship develops between a reserved columnist (David Hornsby) and a rough-and-tumble trainer (Kevin Dillon).
Decidedly mediocre premise and writing produces average entertainment. How is it that 22 years later people are still trying to ape Seinfeld?
As always, the premise could have been a nice The Odd Couple homage in modern times, this show fails to really display an pleasing dynamic between its two stars. Hornsby is a relatively believable straight laced apartment dweller, but his family is straight from sitcom-wacky-central, and the ‘rough and tumble’ trainer (aka urban fitness instructor) is again a walking stereotype. He is like a tame version of Kramer, who never seemed to be having the same conversation as the rest of the cast.
Dave Foley is supporting in this show as Hornsby’s boss and he completely steals the show. This is, again, no surprise. Dave Foley is always entertaining, and it’s just painful how much more enjoyable scenes are with him compared to the two leads.
This show also demonstrates the same cognitive dissonance that Bones always blatantly touts about. Somehow Hornsby is a successful writer but seems to be completely obvious as to how most people act and think. This is not possible, folks! You can’t become a famous writer without understanding your audience, and frankly, the audience for a column called ‘How to be a Gentleman’ is NOT gentlemen. It’s people who want to know what a gentleman is like (regardless of how insane such a descriptor is), which means your average, non-gentleman Joe.
I’m not a fan of sitcoms in general, but this one doesn’t so much as offend but fail to rise above mediocre. Jokes are not that funny (despite the laugh track insisting they are), and the characters and situations not believable. Not recommended.