Friendly Rating: Teens and older.
Safety Rating: Definitely language issues, but not as bad as you might think.
Quality Rating: Reasonably good.
Series premieres on CBS tonight at 8:30 p.m.
When Justin Halpern started tweeting some of the less than appropriate stuff his dad often said, the feed went viral, then became a book and is now (sort of) a show.
But because a show needs more than 140 characters, the show is actually about Ed (William Shatner) a cranky old man whose two wives both left him and Henry (Jonathan Sadowski), his younger son whom he never really got to know. Henry, having been laid off, ends up moving in with his dad and the rocky relationship is now being re-built.
Safety-wise, well, the comedy is built on Ed’s off-the-cuff spewing of opinion, not always nicely, so there are language issues. And there will probably be some joking about sex.
The pilot that airs tonight was completely re-written and re-shot, largely because the original just didn’t work. Henry was re-cast. Henry’s sister-in-law Bonnie (Nicole Sullivan) was toned way down (thank heavens!). In fact, this new pilot was so much better that it’s hard to say whether I’m thinking this show might be good because it is or because the other one was so awful, this one look great.
From a family perspective, it might foster some good conversation about family relationships and how to fix them. Or, it might just turn out to be… Well, you know.