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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Throwback comedy has great jokes, timeworn premise.

TV NBC Comedy 2019
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

After first episode it seems to be a good time at Abby's

Okay so I watched the premier of this show and I gotta say while not perfect it's got it's very funny moments and a really good time all I can say is there always seems to be a good time at Abby's bar I highly recommend you watch this show

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

With its cast of kooks sitting around a bar, this throwback sitcom will remind you of '80s classic Cheers in ways both good and bad. The gags are good, the talent is lovable, and creators have front-loaded the show with enough complication to keep the plot ticking along for a while. But deep into television's second golden age, when the hottest comedies are relentlessly surreal (The Good Place, Atlanta), animated oddities (Big Mouth, Bojack Horseman), or cable/digital series that take full advantage of their media's freedom (Barry, Sex Education), launching an old-school multi-camera sitcom like Abby's is quite a gamble.

It pays off, in a mild way. There are clearly ace joke writers on the staff, and the material is delivered with crack timing. Nelson Franklin, who viewers may recognize as Robby from New Girl, or from his brief tenure as tech guy Nick on The Office, is particularly good. Disturbed to find an unlicensed bar operating in the backyard of the building he just inherited, he's offered a tour. "This is a small rectangle," he harrumphs. "And I'm very tall." The characterization of Abby is another strong point: a guarded, grumpy, bisexual, emotionally withholding ex-servicewoman? What an interesting blend to center a show around. But the line-joke, line-joke rhythm is fake and old-fashioned, and mars the humor. Yes, it's classic sitcom. No, it's not as funny as it was when audiences expected this from comedies. And that's what makes this show a mild pleasure rather than wildly entertaining.

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