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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Some drug jokes in charming remotely filmed sitcom.

TV NBC Comedy 2020
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If nothing else, this remotely filmed sitcom is a fascinating time capsule of a very odd time, and improbably, good writing and acting actually wring some charm out of a strained scenario. The very idea of a TV comedy in which none of its characters can actually get together and leave the house sounds horrendous, and way too much like the lives real people are already living in the age of COVID-19. But just as those same real-life people have found that getting together over Zoom or Google Meet with friends is an imperfect, but not totally worthless, substitute for the real thing, they may find that Connecting... has value, and is actually pretty engaging.

For one thing, it's a total kick to see people on TV voicing the problems we're all having. Pradeep has discovered, to his dismay, that he doesn't actually like his kids very much. Ben, recently dumped by his ex, is practically dying of loneliness; he cops to dressing up his jujitsu dummy and eating lunch with it. Annie can't stop ordering stuff online; Ellis (Shakina Nayfack) is heartbroken over the loss of professional sports; worst of all, Jasmine is a healthcare worker in New York, struggling desperately through the first brutal wave of the virus. She gives a long monologue in the pilot about her horrific experiences in the coronavirus ward that's so detailed and brutal it brings the whole cast to tears. On the other hand, Michelle and Garrett are having the time of their lives, making homemade ramen and pickles, gardening, homesteading in general, really. "Quarantine is super dope!" Michelle enthuses. The contrast between their lives and Jasmine's is incredible -- and rings true. Connecting... is not the funniest sitcom ever made, but viewers will see themselves reflected, and in a time when many people feel adrift and alone, that's worth something.

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