Very rarely do silly, heartfelt and well-written sitcoms grace television screens. ‘1600 Penn’ is a new comedy that premiered on NBC in December 2012. Staring and partially created by Josh Gad from “The Book of Mormon”, many thought that the show was a sure hit. However, in the months since its debut, bad reviews have caused many to shy away from the program. Now “1600 Penn” is possibly on the verge of being cancelled. Can the show be saved?
While searching for reviews of “1600 Penn”, one realizes the vile distain television critics have adopted for the show. While the show can be a tad formulaic, and there is a high percentage of slapstick humor, the critics are missing the heart of the show. “1600 Penn” is the story of a normal family in the spotlight of the entire world. Racked with the problems of everyday life, the humor ensues when 24-hour media scrutinizes these common problems. Josh Gad’s performance of Skip is masterful. His annoying and ignorant persona is pulled off with ease and Gad is one of the most underrated actors on television today.
Including an all-star cast, “1600 Penn” is the comedy highlight of a workweek. What is better than relaxing with your family and laughing at a comedy that everyone can enjoy? It is a modern telling of the classic family sitcom and harkens back to an age where humor didn’t require a shock value. Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman do an amazing job of encompassing the roles of a normal couple as well as the President and First Lady.
It will be a true travesty if “1600 Penn” is cancelled by NBC. Only allowing a show three months to find its footing is asking for a miracle. This show has promise and many other angles to explore between the relationships and the Presidency. Can the show be saved? Time will tell.
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