Dads: Season 1 (2013-2014)
Critic Consensus: A near-total disaster, Dads makes the fatal mistake of believing its racist gags can lend an edge to its aggressively predictable writing and unlikable characters.
Best friends Eli Sachs (Seth Green) and Warner Whittemore (Giovanni Ribisi) are two successful video-game developers who simultaneously make the decision to take in their hard-to-live-with fathers in the first season of this sitcom. Single Eli is slow to warm to having his sarcastic and often offensive dad David (Peter Riegert) eating his food, watching his TV, fighting with his maid Edna (Tonita Castro) and ragging on his prized collection of pop culture memorabilia and comic books. Meanwhile, … More
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Instead of feeling provocative (like maybe Girls or Louie) this network-TV version has taken MacFarlane's deeply edgy humor and combined it with a laugh track (say whaa?), making it feel like an awkward 90's sitcom.
Bigotry by helpless losers looks like the sad, impotent venting it is.
Dads is a whiny, mean-spirited sitcom about two grown men who spend most of their time blaming their fathers for everything wrong in their lives.
Why does Dads feel like it was dreamed up during one long, hateful weekend at someone's Orange County beach house, scribbled down on the back of a Hooters receipt, and then messengered over to the network on the back of a Red Bull truck?
To have both-and thus 100 percent of- the dads on the show be incredibly racist in such overt ways misrepresents Baby Boomers, and also does not differentiate the characters enough.
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