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It's a real pleasure to see [Andrea Martin] back on the small screen in Working the Engels, a less-than-ambitious sitcom that shines every time she makes an appearance.
If you like watching Martin go way, way over the top - and, in all honesty, I do - then you might find something here to enjoy.
The situation and characters are uninspired and generic, and the execution is half-hearted. It will inspire no more laughter in viewers' homes than it did in the writers' room and on the set.
It brims with energy, gives Martin something reasonably gainful to do, marks Rohl as a promising, appealing comedic actress and has enough decent gags to make a case for itself.
Though the series may have some passing connection to Arrested Development in terms of setup, it isn't able to capture the depth or tone or charm that elevates a comedy out of just being mediocre to being something really great.
Watching Levy and Martin rekindle the spark of their SCTV days is especially a treat, a feisty back-and-forth that harkens back to a time when viewers had to wait until after the 10 o'clock news news to find out if Canadians could be funny.
After Arrested Development, the wild and crazy antics of the rest of the Engel family are incredibly uninspired and unfunny.
All the actors on the show are appealing and have good comic timing; the problem is, they're called upon to act like frantic sitcom characters, spitting out weak jokes at a machine-gun pace, rather than real people. What a pity.
Working the Engels... treats both viewers and its characters like braying morons.
Nothing about Engels works: the tired premise, the strained performances, the empty abyss of silence into which the groaning jokes dissipate.
Audience Reviews for Working the Engels: Season 1
Feb 07, 2016Love this show. If you like breaking Shameless things that have a wry crazy off the wall sense of humor with great writing then watch this. We loved it. If your a prude you won't.
Jul 20, 2014Working the Engels generates some chuckles throughout, but does not have a good enough plot to draw in any viewers.