The story focuses on June (Dreama Walker of "Gossip Girl" fame), a smalltown girl with big dreams who moves to New York City with a new job and a great apartment ("It's just like Friends!"). However, when she loses her job and her apartment in the same day, she's forced to look online for a new roommate. After meeting creep after creep, June finally meets Chloe (Krysten Ritter), who at first meeting is a great girl - everything June imagined in a roommate. As soon as June pays the first and last month's rent, however, things take a major turn.
Why the sudden change in behavior? Chloe's what we at Sexy Trash like to call a "scam artist" (perhaps you've heard the term before...) - she finds roommates, charges them first and last month's rent, then makes their life Hell for a few days until they decide they can't take it anymore. Chloe, you're brilliant. If this show wasn't a soon-to-be hit, we'd steal your idea. But since this is bound to be one of this season's most talked about comedies, everyone will know what we're doing, and we'd just end up beat up... It is what it is.
We've loved Krysten Ritter since Veronica Mars, so it's great to have her back on our screens, but what we enjoyed most about the pilot was Chloe's "straight gay BFF," James Van Der Beek (played by himself.) We don't know how long the Dawson jokes can stay funny, but as long as they find ways to keep his parody of himself fresh, we're down for watching it.
While we love the three leads, the supporting cast is just kind of there right now. The horny next door neighbor and June's "always there at the right time" friend, Mark, weren't anything to write home about (or write a blog about) in the pilot, but hopefully future episodes find them with more to do.
The show is laugh-out-loud funny, and coming from ABC, that's no surprise. NBC may have had "Must See TV" in the 90s, but this is a new era - Ross and Rachel are long gone, and we're more than happy to have the Happy Endings gang, Modern Family, and now... The Bitch in Apartment 23 as their replacement.