Parents' Guide to

A to Z

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mild and charming romantic comedy with some innuendo.

TV NBC Comedy 2014
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A to Z really badly wants to be How I Met Your Mother. It even stars HIMYM's Cristin Milioti! But as knockoffs go, this one actually boasts some charm. Feldman, who played a memorable neurotic on Mad Men, is a lovable, oversharing romantic mess of a fella, surrounded at work every day by lovers meeting, yet lonely himself. Milioti-as-Zelda has her defenses up, but they're washed away by Feldman's enthusiastic tail-wagging. Together they're a couple we want to get together and that we want to watch.

Zelda and Andrew's circle of oddball friends -- now, they could use some sharpening up. Andrew's given a big galoot of a best pal, who apparently both works and lives with him. He's clearly the show's wingman, kept around to say stuff like, "Dating a bi girl is like winning the sexual lottery," a line that the show's writers clearly think is clever enough to keep in the script but too off-color for our main charmer to say. Zelda's bestie is a sexually voracious fellow lawyer; we're supposed to be amused that she has a parade of colorful beaux parading through her life and producing sitcommy complications. Not so much. However, when the cameras focus on Milioti and Feldman, or when the creators write brilliant cameos for guest stars such as Lea Thompson (on a hoverboard!), this show is both cute and worthy of watching.

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