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Sit Down, Shut Up: Pilot (series premiere)

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 19th 2009 9:31PM
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(S01E01) I still stand behind the early look of Sit Down, Shut Up I did a few days ago: the pilot was underwhelming. For everything that works about it, there seem to be at least two things that don't. However, before I did this review, I decided to watch the pilot again, so it would be fresh in my mind. What I found is that the show definitely grows on you.

While I didn't really laugh at all the first time through, re-watching it allowed me to pick up on some of the more subtle things that I missed. That, combined with the fact that I've seen the second episode, which is much better, really made me appreciate this episode more.

One of the things that's going to make Sit Down, Shut Up great is creator Mitch Hurwitz's propensity for callbacks and subtle jokes going on in the background. There were few things that I noticed the second time through that I missed the first that completely cracked me up, like the way Larry massaged Stuart's throat when he was giving him the pills, or when baby Merch snatched the bottle away from Miracle so he could feed himself after she said something particularly stupid.

Even Happy and Andrew, who were my two least favorite parts of the pilot when I first watched it, didn't bother me nearly as much the second time around. Even Sue Sezno, who was another character I wasn't particularly thrilled with, made me chuckle a few times ("well you can't fire someone who's a fan of Salman Rushdie").

In all, I think the first time you watch Sit Down, Shut Up, it's really easy to blow it off as another animated show that's trying too hard. However, it's actually worth sticking around and watching a couple of episodes. A lot of great sitcoms start off rough and then grow on you; just because this one happens to be animated (mostly) doesn't change that fact.

Other items of note and some of my favorite lines from this episode:

  • Ennis Hoftard's "little nutsack" that is mentioned several times throughout the episode.
  • The entire scene with Larry and Sue talking about Miracle coming out of a fuzzy monkey is probably my favorite scene in the whole episode. I also like the fact that the Larry (and I'm sure, others) use it as an excuse to see her naked.
  • The names of Deutschebog's Filthies: "Actually, Pacific Rim is a cooking magazine!"
  • The fact that they call his porno mags "filthies" in the first place also made me giggle, as did Hofftard's realization that he was not looking at a meal, but at a three-way.
  • The fact that baby Merch is smarter than his mother. He may not be old enough to talk, but he's old enough to distance himself from her dippy ideas.
"Obviously my kids aren't on steroids: they're crap at every sport they try. These are performances that have not been enhanced." - Larry

Stuart: "Isn't it true they cause birth Defects?"
Larry: "Only in babies."

"Science class should be the first one to go: Everyone knows it's just a bunch of Voodoo the Jews came up with so they can charge us for medicine and stuff." - Miracle

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Frank

It was horrible, It was like a train wreck. You didn't want watch but had too just to see how bad it could get.

April 27 2009 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Galley

It was painful, but I managed to sit through the entire episode. I doubt I will attempt to watch a second episode (if one airs).

April 22 2009 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Drex

So this is how M.H. gets back at Fox for killing off A.D.?

April 21 2009 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

I don't understand all the hate for this show already. 'Sit Down' features the same sort of rapid-fire, blink-before-you-miss verbal and visual comedy as AD. If the jokes seemed a little amiss, that's probably because we don't know these characters all that well yet. And the pilot has the difficult task of trying to introduce us to all these weird and off-the-wall characters and their relationships, so it had that extra burden.

These ulta-clever comedies tend to need some time to find their footing before they reach their potential. 30 Rock took nearly a season to do it, but now it's probably the funniest thing on TV. Give it a little time before passing judgment, please.

April 21 2009 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ChrisG

Wow, this episode was terribly unfunny...

Well, I guess the good thing is that it can only get better...

April 20 2009 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
svrkevi

It was funny...you really had to listen for the jokes...which is hard for some people...better than Simpsons, American Dad, and King of the Hill.

April 20 2009 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Adams

Bruce has got it right.
Words cannot describe how BAD this was. Painful!

April 20 2009 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

Will Forte stole the show.

Unlike a lot of people here, I found it quite funny -- and I wouldn't consider myself someone who likes "low-brow" humour at all (unless you count John Hodgman's writing as "low-brow", which would be really stupid of you).

I can see why some people might not have LOVED it (and it certainly will need to get better), but the script was pretty funny, the animation was unique, and the voice acting was stellar.

April 20 2009 at 3:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Argus

I disagree. I liked the humour alot, though not as much as I liked AD. Although... Arrested Development got awesome ratings in Canada, so maybe this type of humour (which is much the same) simply appeals to my people more. Or maybe I'm just weird. My main issue is that the plot was distracting, not that the jokes were bad. Also, not a fan of Kristen Chenowith as a voice actor, nor the librarian.

All I know, is that Will Forte doing voice acting again is awesome. Jason Bateman is consistent as always.

April 20 2009 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steven

I can't believe this show made it as far as a pilot. Horrible. Just from the intro I knew it was going to be bad, and boy was I right. This show needs to be canned. Now.

April 20 2009 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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