I'm watching the premiere of "Episodes" on Showtime. Its written on salted ground, as its about a TV show. Its been being hyped by the network, because Joey Tribiani, better not known as Matthew Steven "Matt" LeBlanc.
Matt LeBlanc was in the top sitcom through the 90s, "Friends"; the not always so bright but sweet, womanizer of the set. After Friends, he had one of the only successful sitcoms for a while, of all the "Friends" cast.
So now he's back. Before he even gets on screen, in the premiere, I'm already liking certain aspects of this show. But then I like Brit shows for the most part. And I wasn't really expecting much to begin with. So now, I'm left in the middle at this point. I could...like it, or I could, end up not liking it. But I'm at least willing to give it a try. Or three. Matt wasn't really IN this episode, well only for a moment, but he was in the preview of next week's episode, on screen for more time than he was this entire pilot episode.
Some of the gags, as others have mentioned, like the Gate security guard, really needs to be dropped. MAYBE it was funny the first time, although I admit to a mental yawn; and then, if something is funny once, typically it can be funny a second time; but unless there is something really funny about it, or it is divested in many different fresh ways at each iteration, by the second time (if not the first), its already a cliche'.
Though there are some elements about the show that are worth watching and giving them a chance to evolve the show into something. No, I'm not going to do your thinking for you. Watch the show and see what you think. Typically, a show needs a season or two to find its pacing (and its place) and I resent networks for not giving shows the time, the chance they need, and not having some balls to back up the large sums of money they make off of we the public, instead all too frequently, whimpering off to their grand abodes to think up the next "big thing" to hit the screens and fail again due to no substance from the networks behind them.
But, what is one to do?
And critics that are already wanting a perfected show from the pilot forward? Well, they can also suck on sour grapes.