There’s this new show, this single-camera sitcom about a group of friends, largely involved in couples, who spend all their time together, and deal with their various wackinesses. And it’s called… wait, it’s on the tip of my tongue. It’s Traffic Light… no, wait, it’s Perfect Couples… I mean Happy Endings.
It’s not that these three shows don’t have textural differences (of the three, I like the lightness and less-meanness of Happy Endings best), but that they are similar enough that it’s like there was some great success in this format that they’re all copying… but if there’s some success, its not coming to mind. It’s like a “What if Friends were a one-camera show?” virus suddenly swept through Hollywood. (The answer, as it turns out, is “It would lose all its rhythms and not be so amusing.”)
As that last comment suggests, the there have one other similarity: none of them left me really wanting to see more.