Fox's Dads: Did It Live Up to the (Bad) Hype?

dads premiere foxIt’s finally happened: Fox has unleashed Dads onto an unsuspecting a highly suspicious public. But is the critically maligned comedy — which had its producers telling the press that “we don’t want to be the racial-insult comedy show” — as unfunny and offensive as advertised?

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At the end of the day, it depends on your point of view. Not only do the show’s central characters — video-game designers Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) — ask their top female executive to dress up like a sexy Asian schoolgirl to seal a deal with some Chinese businessmen, but there are these doozies, to name just a few:

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* Martin Mull (as Warner’s dad) screwing up said business deal with racially charged bon mots like, “There’s a reason Shanghai’s a verb!”

* Peter Reigert (as Eli’s dad) confusing Warner’s Latina-looking wife (Vanessa Lachey, who probably wishes she could be in the IMDb actress protection program) as his “beautiful maid.”

* Green coyly putting his hands over his mouth and tee-hee-heeing to instruct aforementioned executive (Brenda Song, managing to not burst into tears/flames) on how to live the stereotype.

* A rapid-fire assault of jokes about the size and shape of a Chinese man’s penis.

* Unwelcome houseguest Reigert growling this highly original punch line: “Stay outta the bathroom between 3:00 and 4:00 — that’s my go time!”

But enough about what we thought: What was your take on Dads? Grade the episode via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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98 Comments
  1. bobbie says:

    I thought it was funny.

  2. ggny says:

    I really expected better from the Seths. The worst part was the terrible laugh track. I mean who really thought that was a good idea it laugh at everything even when there was no joke. This was just plain and simple lazy and bad comedy from 2 great talents.

  3. valeeng says:

    The offensive jokes didn’t bother me nearly as much as the fact that it just wasn’t very funny.

  4. J says:

    I didn’t think it was that bad. I will continue to watch it until it gets canceled. I laughed more than I thought I would so there’s that.

  5. cuius says:

    Fox’s News Division is funnier

  6. Timothy says:

    Beyond bad, the pilot wss not that good and the second episode was so bad I did not laugh once. Personally I wish Seth Macfarland would go away.

  7. Mark Moser says:

    I love this show, find it to be pretty hilarious, it’s more of an old-style sitcom, nothing cutting edge but sufficiently humorous and goofy. Its far better than the reality television celebrity dancing and singing exhibitions that go on at other networks. Certainly not everyone’s cup of tea but I’m looking forward to seeing more of it.

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