Ladies Bring the Laughs Back to Primetime Television
(Archived Content originally published on Yahoo.com)
With reality TV wearing out its welcome, networks are loading their primetime schedules with sitcoms featuring Hollywood's funniest females. Take a peek at these top picks of sitcoms that'll have people laughing in 2013.
1. “Raising Hope” - Fox
As if single dad Jimmy (Lucas Neff) raising a baby conceived via a one-night-stand with a serial killer weren't funny enough, Fox's “Raising Hope” heaps on the hilarity with three wacky women.
With a pitch-perfect blend of streetwise-dimwittedness, Martha Plimpton plays Virginia, the malaprop-dropping matriarch of the family who's perpetually hot for her hunky numskull husband Burt (Garret Dillahunt). Throw in the saucy, sarcastic Sabrina (Shannon Marie Woodward) as Jimmy's girlfriend and batty granny Maw Maw (Emmy and Academy Award-winning Cloris Leachman) and you've got the recipe for the craziest comedy on primetime. And with baby Hope (Baylie and Rylie Cregut) now a rambunctious 3-year-old, the laughs are just getting bigger.
2. “Suburgatory” - ABC
What happens when you drop a jaded NYC teen and her city-tough dad into a superficial suburb brimming with botoxed mother-daughter duos and Stepford-style neighbors? ABC has the answer in the farcical “Suburgatory.”
Jane Levy leads the cast as the wise-cracking New York import Tessa, whose edginess becomes endearingly dulled by the genuine caring buried beneath the surface of the seemingly shallow community. Bimbo-esque bombshell with a heart of gold Dallas Royce (Cheryl Hines) provides a pseudo role-model, while her emotionless daughter Dalia (Carly Chaikin) serves as Tessa's vapid nemesis. Filling out the funny female neighborhood is SNL's Ana Gasteyer as the militant perfectionist Sheila Shay and her long-suffering daughter Lisa (Allie Grant) as Tessa's semi-normal best friend.
3. “Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” - ABC
Unbelievably outrageous can't begin to describe the out-of-the-box scenarios in every episode of ABC's “Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.” The Midwest naiveté of NYC newbie June (Dreama Walker) gets battered each week by the bawdy exploits of her risqué roommate, Cloe (Krysten Ritter). Add in an amped up version of Hollywood heartthrob James Van Der Beek (satirizing himself) for a sitcom that revels in roasting the wild lifestyles of the wanna-be rich and famous jet-set.
4. “2 Broke Girls” - CBS
Raunch meets rich on CBS' “2 Broke Girls.” Bawdy cupcake baker Max (Kat Dennings) takes ostracized socialite Caroline (Beth Behrs) under her wing when she loses her wealth because of her Ponzi-scheming, convicted felon father. Caroline helps Max right back by using her business savvy to turn a profit on Max's cupcake habit. Expect plenty of funny bumps in future episodes as these the two formerly-broke girls are finally flush enough to open their own brick-and-mortar shop.
5. “New Girl” - Fox
Parodying the disaffected affect of Gen Xers, Fox finds comedy gold when a trio directionless dudes take in a ditzy, disarmingly cheerful female roommate. This saccharine “New Girl,” Jessica (Zooey Deschanel) grates on the nerves of bitter bartender Nick (Jake M. Johnson), metrosexual douche Schmidt (Max Greenfield), and failed basketballer Winston (Lamorne Morris), but soon becomes the cement that bonds these lifelong buddies together.
Honorable Mention: “Go On” - NBC
At the risk of making a “Friends” worthy joke about the funny femininity of the former Chandler Bing, we can't help but add Matthew Perry's freshman sitcom “Go On” to this lady-dominated list. Perry's world-weary radio sportscaster recovers from the death of his wife with the assistance of a zany grief support group (complete with a crazy cat lady and a cuckolded soldier) that teaches him how to live and laugh again.