Thursday, April 12, 2012

'Apartment 23' is More Offensive than Funny

Dreama Walker and Krysten Ritter star in "Don't Trust the B 
in Apartment 23" Photo credit: ABC Television

Perhaps I am too old or too much of a prude or maybe, just maybe, I have taste, but I do not understand some shows that brand themselves as comedies these days. ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B_____ in Apartment 23” is bound to find itself cast aside like “Man Up” and “Work It,” two losers that came before it this season.

“A wide-eyed Midwestern girl moves to New York City to pursue her dream job only to find herself living with an outlandish girl with the morals of a pirate,” is how ABC’s website describes the show. The TV commercials even go as far as to try to promote the show as a new version of “The Odd Couple.”

“Apartment 23” manages to offend within five minutes of June (Dreama Walker) being interviewed as a potential new roommate for Chloe (Krysten Ritter), the “B” in said apartment. Chloe describes how she is best friends with James Van Der Beek, (from “Dawson’s Creek”) and how they used to date, but broke up due to the fact that they weren’t compatible “genitally.” The show goes downhill from there.

Despite warnings from others to not trust the “B” in apartment 23, June agrees to be Chloe’s new roommate. Soon, she learns that Chloe isn’t anything like the person she presented herself and living in this apartment will be a real challenge for her. The very next morning, June discovers Eli (Michael Blaiklock), the self-pleasuring neighbor, and the fact that Chloe likes to run around the apartment naked.

What this show lacks in plot, it more than makes up in crassness. It also has a strong shallowness to it as well. Van Der Beek plays a self-obsessed version of himself; a joke that can’t be sustained for long. As for Chloe, the show tries to show that Chloe really does have a heart, despite her methods to madness and by the show’s end, June is grateful for all of Chloe’s meddling, but it doesn’t ring true. Chloe isn’t likeable in the least.

Above all else, this comedy is lacking one thing: comedy. It isn’t as funny as it thinks it is. Watching the pilot, you get the sense that each of the actors are winking at each other and mouthing “this is going to be great” to each other. How wrong they are.

Hopefully, “Apartment 23” will find itself kicked to the curb unlike “Cougar Town” and “Happy Endings,” two other morally bankrupted series that survive despite the fact that they are not funny.

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