Parents' Guide to

One Big Happy

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Best friends procreate; strained laughs ensue in stale show.

TV NBC Comedy 2015
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Hey, what do you say when you go to pick up a prescription at the drugstore? "I'm here to pick up a prescription for [your last name]," right? Something like that. Not on this show. Here, Elisha Cuthbert (showing some sass as Lizzy despite the awful writing) says to the pharmacist, "I'm here to pick up my prenatal prescription right now I'm pre-prenatal but I hope to be natal very soon!" Then Luke swans up behind her, loudly proclaiming, "I bought a bunch of pregnancy tests!" as the laugh track swells. Talk about obvious.

NBC may possibly be trying to recapture its glory days with an old-school-style sitcom with a gimmicky setup and a bunch of attractive actors brushing up against each other. But, despite the relative charm of the cast, it ain't working. This show never knew an obvious joke it didn't reach for; for example, the moment a pregnancy test appears on-screen, you know a joke about pee is soon to follow. But One Big Happy isn't content with one obvious and cliché pee joke, it goes for three. Producer Ellen DeGeneres' desire to make a fun show about a nontraditional family is valid, but One Big Happy tries way too hard. The only laughter you'll hear here is the overused laugh track.

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