Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pilot Prattle: Ben and Kate

Ben and Kate follows a brother/sister duo that couldn't have less in common. Ben "never grew up" and often barges in on Kate and her daughter, disrupting her life without apology. Kate "grew up too fast," getting pregnant young and being left to raise her daughter by herself.

While Kate is finally growing close to a relationship, Ben drops in unannounced. Again. This time, he's here to see what his ex-girlfriend is up to. As he's spying on her with Kate's daughter, Maddie, he finds out the ex is getting married. Clearly, the only rational thing is for the whole gang to crash the wedding.

...we're sorry, what?

 After crashing the wedding doesn't work (Really? Who would have seen that coming?), Ben decides to stay with Kate for a little and help raise Maddie.

On paper, it's cute. In actuality, it's not very funny. The cast is made up of a bunch of people that you sit watching and trying to figure out where you've seen them before ("Isn't that.... he was in... I think I've seen him before? In 2002?"), and while their fifteen minutes as comedic relief may have made you laugh in Bad Teacher or Grosse Pointe, together they make you roll your eyes.

The saving grace for this show is Kate's daughter, Maddie. Call us sentimental, but a little girl getting wrapped into adult hi-jinx always makes us laugh.

You don't have to take our word for it - we've read some great reviews about the pilot. You're just not going to find one here. Sorry.

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