November 16, 2012

"Don't Trust the B**** in Apt. 23"

It's a seriously funny sit-com (ABC, Tuesdays 9:30pm) about a sociopathic Manhattan party girl / scam artist, who is like the bad acquaintance who leads the narrator astray in old Jay McInerney novels. Created by Nahnatchka Khan, who used to work for Seth McFarlane on the American Dad animated series, it's kind of a live-action cartoon the way Malcolm in the Middle was a sort of live-action Simpsons. But the jokes are on a higher level of interest than McFarlane's usual stuff.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm....

still don't want to watch it

only thing on tv are gays and Manhattanites

Justthisguy said...

Steve, Steve! Please stop annoying us with the pop culture remarks! I have never heard of any of those people, and do not wish to hear about them now! Now I'll have to spin up a Mozart disc to cool my head.

DaveinHackensack said...

Thanks for the recommendation. Will check it out.

Anonymous said...

There is no end to the coarsening of American popular culture. When a television network widely available in American homes finds nothing wrong in using B****.

x said...

what's with american t.v and manhattan? as a foreigner (australian) looking at american t.v i'd get the impression there's nothing else in america other than manhattan.

panjoomby said...

the entertainment industry has always pushed NYC & LA down our throats - all my midwestern life, most movies are gritty NYC dramas, or LA comedies (or now manhattan comedy tv:)

vandelay said...

I always thought Malcolm in the Middle never got the respect it deserved. That might change though, due to the Cranston connection.

vox populi said...

TV is controlled by gays, luckily housewives also enjoy shows about waifish wraith-complected party girls

Norville Rogers said...

"American Dad" is moronic. I don't really have an opinion on the cultural/politics agenda of the piece; I know Seth McFarlane went to RISD and considers himself a proud left-wing Shep Fairey solidarity guy. But the show's just not very consistently funny, even for dormitory BitTorrent fodder

Steve Sailer said...

"what's with american t.v and manhattan?"

Why don't they make a show about a soulless fashion model and the rich, stupid celebrities she rips off that's set in Fresno?

Yeah, and why are French comedies often set in Paris instead of, uh, Brest?

Truth said...

"Why don't they make a show about a soulless fashion model and the rich, stupid celebrities she rips off that's set in Fresno?

Yeah, and why are French comedies often set in Paris instead of, uh, Brest?"

Guffaw, Guffaw!

Not that's the pithy, irreverent Steve I know and love. Don't get the show though, it seems like standard sitcom faire.

Anonymous said...

"what's with american t.v and manhattan?"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge

"The "rural purge" of American television networks (in particular CBS) was a series of cancellations between 1969 and 1972, the majority of which occurred at the end of the 1970-71 television season of still popular rural-themed shows with demographically skewed audiences."

"The numerous cancellations prompted Pat Buttram ("Mr. Haney" on one of the cancelled shows, Green Acres) to make the observation: "It was the year CBS cancelled everything with a tree—including Lassie";[2][3] Lassie actually survived the initial rural purge."

flyover country said...

There was a CBS comedy miniseries once that explicitly mocked Fresno (this was the entire premise) back in the 80s... Now, it's true everyone in Cal despises Fresno, but, come on, who's got the unemployed viewers parked on the sofa watching your crap shows, in-between guest appearances on "Cops"

Actually that was one in a long line & part of a larger insulting trend ("Cedar Rapids", "Waking Up in Reno", "SLC Punk", "Keys to Tulsa", "The Cheyenne Social Club", "Mystery, Alaska", "Happy, Texas", "Scotland, PA", "Fargo", "Buffalo 66", "The Laramie Project", "My Own Private Idaho", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" etc.). I may have to found a journal of paleo cultural studies to further study this troubling phenomenon.

MacFarlane said...

MacFarlane.

I'm sure some iStever can explain the 12th century ethnic blood-oath importance of that subtlety.

Anonymous said...

"Steve, Steve! Please stop annoying us with the pop culture remarks!"

Actually, this is what like best about Steve's whole approach. Anybody read Steve's movie review of "The Girl with Dragon tattoo"?

It's a classic.

Anonymous said...

I thought Walt let that b---- choke on her own vomit a few seasons back?

Freddy on Patrol said...

Is this a jab at Hillary?

Tiberius Jones said...

"Freddy on Patrol said...
Is this a jab at Hillary?"

- Why not, its pretty clear Bill isn't anymore....

Anonymous said...

I checked this out because of this recommendation. Pretty funny, thanks for mentioning it!

DaveinHackensack said...

Just watched the first 5 episodes of the first season on Amazon streaming or whatever it is. This show is funny. The female leads aren't hard on the eyes either (the brunette played the Pinkman's heroin-addict girl friend on Breaking Bad, btw), and James Van Der Beek and Kevin Sorbo are funny playing themselves.

Anonymous said...

I agree, this is a fantastic show, and I loved this episode! The line from Chloe, about wanting to punch James in the feet was easily my favorite of the night. I was live-Tweeting the episode with some of my friends and coworkers from DISH, which I love to do even though I tend to miss a few things, but we all agree; Van Der Beek has ended up being pretty awesome. His capacity to make fun of himself is amazing. I always re-watch the episode by myself the next day to catch what I missed during the live-Tweet. Since it’s on one of the four major networks, I use Auto Hop on my DISH Hopper to watch it without commercials so I can get a fuller, more enjoyable viewing experience. I can’t wait for next week!

Anonymous said...

Steve likes reviewing crappy tv shows and movies as a way of remaining tied to the Jews, who he fears and envies.

Percy Gryce said...

Steve, I watched Don't Trust the B on your recommendation. I think you might have missed another parody: I think the coffee shop manager, Mark Reynolds (played by Eric André), is a take-off on Malcolm Gladwell. Same hair, same level of education (the coffee shop manager is a Stanford MBA, IIRC), but his insights are roundly ignored. Pretty funny IMHO.

Steve Sailer said...

Good point, I was thinking Obama, but Gladwell might be right.

Percy Gryce said...

Also Dreama Walker is a sure thing to play IRS official Holly Paz in the TV movie treatment of the IRS scandal:


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