|Sarayu Blue and Paul Adelstein (NBC)|
I feel bad that NBC’s new sitcom from executive producer Amy Poehler isn’t better. I Feel Bad has a great premise, features a diverse cast and a super likable couple, but it only shines occasionally. Maybe it’s because the show seems like it wants to be a family comedy, a workplace comedy and an edgy comedy all at once. At least the first third is pretty good.
The guilt ridden show centers on Emet Sweetzer(Sarayu Blue) who wants to be the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter but like the rest of us, she’s falling short on all accounts. In a refreshing change for NBC comedies, Emet is actually happily married to David (Paul Adelstein). They have two older children (Lily Rose Silver and Rahm Braslaw) and an infant. The older ones don’t get much screen time, but when they are on, you can’t wait for them to leave. They are pretty bratty without any real reprecussions for their bad behavior. Although they do not live with them, Emet’s parents Maya and Sonny (Madhur Jaffrey and Brian George) always seem to be there adding to Emet’s stress. Emet has a love/hate relelationship with her mother wanting to be everything that her mom wasn’t growing up. Maya in turn is stubborn and enjoys giving her daughter a hard time for being a work-outside-of-the-home mother. Both parents are always looking for ways to save a buck from washing laundry while taking a bath to stealing fruit from the neighbor’s trees. They are one of the best reasons to watch this show.
At work, life isn’t any less stressful. Emet works for a video game company leading a group of childish men who are all younger than her. Without meaning to do so, she is basically the mom of team. She also chooses to share her home struggles with them as well. This section of the show is the weakest by far. The guys aren’t as funny as the writers think they are and the scenes only make you feel impatient for Emet to get home.
Women will relate to all of Emet’s daily struggles like feeling guilty for staying at her neighbor’s house while they are gone just so she can have some quiet time or vowing to not raise her kids the way that her mom did, only to find that she isn’t so different from her mother after all. Perhaps the show will get better as time goes on, and I hope that it does because I really like Sweetzers. I’m just not crazy about their show.
I Feel Bad airs on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.