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Jason Can't Catch a Break at Work or in Love on 'I Just Want My Pants Back' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 29th 2011 7:40AM
Chris Parnell, 'I Just Want My Pants Back' premiereFour years after the book became a funny success for author David J. Rosen, 'I Just Want My Pants Back' (Sun., 11PM ET on MTV) became the newest entry in MTV's burgeoning scripted comedy department, joining 'Awkward.' and the just cancelled 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger.'

But while those latter two series focus on the foibles and struggles of high school, 'Pants' jumps way ahead to the post-collegiate demographic. Still in the forefront, though, are sex and relationships. But after a string of flings, lead Jason finds himself more interested in his latest conquest.

He can't seem to get her off of his mind, though he has no idea how to find her considering she gave him a fake number after their one-night stand. In an attempt to deflect his feelings to his friends, he resorts to the title of the sitcom. She took and wore a pair of his jeans when she left.

Jason's quest to get this girl back is likely going to consume the better part of this season, if not the whole series, but in the meantime we're not getting a lot to work with in this pilot. His friends are the generic happily involved couple and equally single girl.

The formula looks so tired, we find ourselves expecting him to realize he's been in love with equally single girl the whole time and forget all about those jeans. Even Chris Parnell was wasted in our too-quick peek into Jason's professional life. We get they wanted to show us how boring it is, but it actually looked like a pretty strange job, so we were more intrigued than commiserating with his malaise.

But it has moments of charm and some fun dialogue, so we're willing to give it another week or so to see if it's going to find a way to stand out a bit from the crowded 20-something singles in the big city premise, or simply become yet another cliche-ridden empty comedy.

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