How Did NBC's Slap Strike You?

The Slap Miniseries Premiere

If you’ve seen any of NBC’s recent promos for its new miniseries The Slap, you may have been tricked into thinking that Zachary Quinto’s Harry is the lone bad guy in a group of do-gooders.

But the show’s premiere episode, which debuted Thursday, paints a much different picture.

Early into the hour, it becomes clear that every character in the ensemble is massively flawed, particularly Hector (The Killing‘s Peter Sarsgaard), from whose perspective the episode is told.

It’s easy to sympathize with mild-mannered Hector when he loses out on a major promotion the day before turning 40. But then we learn more about him: He flirts with (and fantasizes about) his wife’s young co-worker; he pops tranquilizers to deal with his family; and his other coping mechanism of choice is cigarettes, even if that means fishing them out of the garbage for a quick smoke break.

But Hector is far from the only character with a faulty moral compass. As Hector’s (very Greek) family and friends arrive to celebrate his birthday, we’re introduced to a wide array of polarizing personalities. Rounding out the group:

* Aisha (Thandie Newton, Rogue), Hector’s wife and mother to their two constantly-at-odds children

* Harry (Quinto), Hector’s temperamental cousin with a wife and child of his own

* Gary (Thomas Sadoski, The Newsroom) and Rosie (Melissa George, The Good Wife), two of Hector’s New Age-y friends with one poorly behaved son, Hugo

* Manolis (TV vet Brian Cox) and Koula (Maria Tucci, Law & Order), Hector’s meddling parents

* Anouk (Uma Thurman, Kill Bill), Aisha’s close friend

Tensions rise quickly at Hector’s soiree, culminating in the show’s titular act of violence: When Hugo (who has alternately been kicking, screaming and clinging to his mother since the event began) protests his wiffle ball strikeout by swinging a bat dangerously close to Harry’s son, Harry disciplines the child with a strike across the face.

There isn’t much time left in the hour once Harry does the deed, but it’s clear that a ripple effect has already started spreading through the group: Gary and Rosie threaten to press charges, Koula argues that “the brat deserved it” and Hector, choosing instead to focus on his own love life, breaks things off with Connie and rekindles a flame with his wife, right there on the kitchen table.

Even though Harry is made out to be a villain from the start, it becomes increasingly difficult to root for any of The Slap‘s central characters (least of all Hugo, who is infuriatingly disrespectful throughout the hour). The question is: Will you stick around to see what happens next?

Before you answer, grade The Slap‘s series premiere in our poll below, then hit the comments with your initial thoughts on the episode.

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  1. D says:

    this show was really boring.

    • This is real life as it conserne about greeks behavior, believe me!

    • All of you people that you’re expressed bad opinions about the slap series:- LOL- I’am sure that you’re never meet a GREEK guy!!! This serial it shows (denoted) a 100% the medium greek character. I LEAVE IN GREECE 47 YEARS

      • terri says:

        My sister and I found out years apart that we dated the same greek guy years apart. the kicker we lived in different states but he tried to sleep with me when he was mad at my sister. could not do anything wrong as far mother. mom on valium to deal with son and husband. always shouting and committed to family.#slap #greek boys and moms #slap still unrealistic and overly dramatic .

  2. Honey says:

    It looks like an Australian version of Parenthood.

    • Velocisexual says:

      Except on Parenthood everyone is flawed but likeable, whereas on this show almost everyone is flawed but unlikeable. Although the premiere focused so much on Hector we don’t really know half these characters well enough to say if we like them.

  3. Tran says:

    I give it an F. Wish NBC should “slap” any broadcast network in the face.

  4. Mark says:

    F. Terrible…

  5. CJ says:

    Absolutely insufferable. I only made it through the first 15 minutes and that was 15 minutes too many.

    • TVFan77 says:

      Felt the same way. 15 minutes I will never get back!

    • Yuck says:

      This show was clearly influenced by the film “Little Children,” right down to the use of voiceover. Difference is, “Little Children was excellent (and 2 hours long). This? Going on for weeks? Insufferable.

  6. Jake says:

    It’s a little too ambiguous, challenging, and intelligent for broadcast TV. Should have been on cable. Or they should have called it Chicago Slap so the dullards would eat it up.

    • Jss0058 says:

      No the show wasn’t too intelligent and it wouldn’t do better on cable…it would have been boring on any format

    • Joey says:

      Absolutely would do better on cable. Most of the people downgrading it sound like they would’ve preferred an episode of The Real World instead.

    • Miffy says:

      It wasn’t remotely intelligent – pretentious, with irritating, one-dimensional characters who behave utterly predictably. Hugely appealing to pseudo-intellectuals, though.

    • notagoodsign says:

      Agree, most people are used to a lot of garbage on broadcast TV. I was impressed by the actors performance, very good acting. IMO the series has potential, it is a deep, well written drama.

    • Annie Sisk says:

      Yep, agreed. Won’t do well – look at the comments here, as Exhibit A! – but it’s not bad at all. And I was tickled to hear Victor Garber’s dulcet tones on my TV once more. I’m intrigued to see whether the slap itself will be revisited in future episodes from other characters’ perspectives.

    • Matty says:

      I agree 100% with Jake.

    • Zoe says:

      Did you just pull the “if you don’t like it you’re a stupid person who doesn’t get it” card? Is that the kind of thing you say to make yourself feel better about your poor taste in television?

    • BurT says:

      Why do people think all “intelligent ” shows are or belong on Cable TV? Isn’t Cable TV where all the Reality Shows reside? Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo, Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars and so many… are those shows really that intelligent? I’m asking because I don’t watch any of that. I consider that “trash TV” and that really is a waste of time for me. Some people’s trash is other people’s treasure, mainly the people behind the shows making money out of it.

  7. Bizzle says:

    I bet ya that the picture of Hector handing the girl a beer will become a big deal soon. It was a quick scene, but seemed like a set up. Quinto CAN play straight convincingly and I’m happy to see Peter back. I could definitely do without the voiceover, even though I love Victor Garber. Also, the kid deserved it.

    • The kid was a raging PITA. However, he didn’t deserve to be brutally smacked across the face by an angry man. That is NOT and is NEVER okay. You don’t slap a child in anger. If a child is disciplined, it’s not by a slap across the face, and CERTAINLY when it’s not even your child.

      That kid needed to straighten up or leave the party entirely, BUT a relative of a friend of his parents had NO BUSINESS slapping him. None at all.

      • Jim M says:

        weepy liberals who don’t know how to raise or discipline their children were likely outraged by that scene. normal people realize the kid was an outrageous brat who needed a good smack.

      • Pat Fitch says:

        That little monster wouldn’t listen to anyone and seemed to be deliberately provoking the adults. He is certainly old enough to have some manners and discipline but his parents don’t want to do it. Did you notice Mommy still breastfeeds him? Sometimes a slap is needed to get a bully’s attention!

        • drhenning says:

          That’s the thing that bugged me… No wonder the kid is a spoiled brat.. I thought the show was better when I paid closer attention. The first time I was distracted which made me miss a lot.

      • In greece miss Rachel to slap a kid it’s a normal (physiological) reaction and verry frequent event. To tryiing doing comment the parent for its behaviour considered as hostile movement and allmost always you find your self in verry difficult situation!!!

    • dman6015 says:

      Why the “play straight” comment? Did you say that after the premiere episode of Heroes, before you knew Quinto was gay? Just ridiculous.

      • Bizzle says:

        Actually, I knew he was back then, too, but I was saying this in a humorous way since people say gay people can’t play straight.

  8. jj says:

    I don’t understand how you can expect to have enough material for a show with such a specific event/concept without feeling like everything is being dragged out. Definitely an interesting concept but I think this would work better in a different medium

    • James says:

      It’s actually a miniseries thus this type of story works well in this particular format.

      Over the course of the show, the question of who to like or dislike among the main cast because they all have traits that make them all “flawfully” human. But if there’s one actual likeable character, it would probably be Richie whose episode in the original Aussie series really made me feel for him (because he’s a darn loyal best friend).

      • jj says:

        for me I think this would have worked better as a cable miniseries or in a podcast format like serial. I thought the australian series was extremely well done but this version makes it about the single slap in itself (rather than the lead up) which makes the aftermath seem overly pretentious

        • James says:

          So far, it’s been only “Hector” so the jury is still out until we get to see all eight episodes.

          As for the Aussie series, I always thought the slap itself, being the catalyst, became much of an afterthought in most of the succeeding episodes, essentially ending in the episode featuring you-know-who.

          A miniseries as a format works well as a cohesive whole narrative in my opinion so an episode alone is not sufficient to determine a program’s quality.

          • Ry says:

            Being on broadcast and at 8 pm no less I doubt the series will be able to delve into the same complexities as the Aussie version, look at how ‘the slap’ itself was toned down compared to how he wailed onto the kid a few times in the original. I do think the premiere should have been more general instead of immediately delving into hector, I can see how a lot of people would be turned off by the series with this being the first impression

          • James says:

            Hopefully the EP’s have found a way around those factors as I can appreciate a good drama with strong writing and a stronger cast to carry any kind of material.

            I’ve read in past interviews the actual slapping scene was difficult to shoot, other than having Quinto to fake-slap the actor who plays American Hugo, it’s quite a choreography. I think this is probably better than doing the scenes page by page which shouldn’t be the case if one is doing a foreign adaptation a source material (which the Aussie mini is not necessarily one).

            Viewers would just have to watch it in its entirety to see in order to better judge the show. I always felt “Hector” in the Aussie miniseries was the weaker of the eight episodes, while “Aisha” and “Richie” were the stronger ones.

          • B says:

            take a look at these comments, its pretty obvious this was the wrong medium

          • James says:

            @B: That’s only because they’re unfamiliar with the format of the miniseries, where each episode focuses on the perspective of just one character following the fall-out of the act of the slap.

            That’s why the TVLine poll results showed that “It was OK” by majority of those who answered it, over-all the reception was mixed at best.

        • Ry says:

          agree that hector was one of the weaker episodes which is unfortunate since it is also the pilot, while I agree that the they dont have to go for a scene by scene remake since the slap is the catalyst for everything that follows it should have been a bigger moment. With the moment we had in the pilot everything seems like an over-exaggeration. I’ll probably give the mini series a couple more episodes but this won’t be part of my must see tv

  9. Butters says:

    I found the show boring and the characters unappealing. I don’t even think that Uma Thurman can save the show. I agree it might have been better on another network or cable. Something was missing. It is a shame I was hoping it would have been better.

  10. Elise Lee says:

    Will not watch it – they mucked it up with a homosexual character. As soon as they make a program that families can watch, we will be sure to tune in.

    • Sheila says:

      So slapping a kid is okay for family viewing?

    • Cory says:

      Please enlighten us on how a homosexual character makes a show unfit for family viewing. Please. I beg you. I *dare* you to come up with even one statement that sounds remotely logical. Annnnddd…. GO!

      • Tom says:

        What Cory said. And you can’t use the bible in your response.

      • Joe says:

        Some people are of the opinion that homosexuality is a choice, and a bad one at that, and would therefore not consider a show with gay characters as family material. In this country they have every right to be of that opinion if they so choose regardless of what people like you would like to dictate they feel. What you need to learn to accept Cory is that not every person has the same opinions and beliefs that you do. It is difficult to impossible to change other peoples minds when you neither understand nor respect their point of view, or even their right to have an opinion that differs from you own.

        • notagoodsign says:

          Very well said Joe! Some people simply can’t respect that not everybody has to like gays. Gays have rights and so do the people that don’t like gays, it is their right! Nowadays if you don’t like gays you are accused of being homophobic ???? I guess if I don’t eat steaks that means that I hate cows…

          • Angela says:

            Some people simply can’t respect that not everybody has to like gays.
            Why should we respect that? You don’t have to, no, but I don’t get why you wouldn’t. Why would someone being gay bother you so much? Why is that something you think it’s okay to dislike?
            Nowadays if you don’t like gays you are accused of being homophobic ????
            Well, what else are we supposed to call someone who doesn’t like gay people for no justifiable reason?

          • Jessica Holt says:

            What if some people just didn’t like blacks and said that having a show with black people on it or a mixed race couple (which is a “choice”) is not family values. Wouldn’t people say that’s racist. How is that wrong thinking, but gay is perfectly acceptapble to hate and find “disgusting”. That’s just crap….hate is hate….I am sure that the same people who hate gays on TV are watching scandal with no problem….I would rather my kid see a gay person on TV then a raunchy sex scene or violent killing any day.

          • BurT says:

            You don’t eat gays so your comment about cows is not a good example. You are right people don’t have to like people that are gay… but the way you say “GAYS” makes you sound homophobic.

        • Angela says:

          Some people are of the opinion that homosexuality is a choice, and a bad one at that
          Well, they’d be wrong. And even if it was a choice, they’d still be wrong, ’cause it’s not a bad choice to make.
          and would therefore not consider a show with gay characters as family material.
          Well, considering there’s quite a few families out there who have a family member who’s gay, and considering there’s many gay people raising families, it’d be only natural that TV shows reflecting that, because that’s a thing that actually exists.
          No family will fall apart because they saw a TV show with a gay character in it. Seriously. Anyone who thinks seeing gay people on TV is somehow a bad thing for their family really needs to get out more.

        • C$ says:

          Murder is a life choice people actually choose and yet people watch shows with murders with their families *all the time*. Also, people who think such a thing like sexual orientation is a choice do NOT have an “opinion”. What they have is simply an incorrect belief/assumption. It’s simply as ignorant as believing getting the flu is a choice. And that is a fact.

          • Jim M says:

            false. a recent study was conducted on identical twins where one is gay. most often, the other twin was straight. this is proof that they weren’t born that way (or they’d both be gay) but instead choose their sexuality.

            liberals always want to make up science to fit their agenda. they rarely acknowledge actual facts and real science.

          • Angela says:

            @Jim M: Three things: One, um…that does not prove squat that they “chose” their sexuality. You DO realize that twins will have a few differences in their genetic makeup, from the minor to the major, right? One could get the genetic makeup to be straight, the other the genetic makeup to be gay. Not that complicated to figure out.
            Not to mention, what age were these twins in this study anyway? When did the one who was gay state they’d discovered they were gay, if they stated it?
            Two, so if people can choose to be gay, by that logic, this means they can choose to be straight, right? So when did you choose to be straight, then? Please, do tell!
            And three, what do you have to say about the evidence of same-sex mating in nature? ‘Cause that’s been proven to happen. And animals don’t look at “gay” or “straight” behavior the way humans do. So how do you explain that?
            liberals always want to make up science to fit their agenda. they rarely acknowledge actual facts and real science.
            That’s rich coming from someone who thinks twins have to automatically have the same sexual orientation simply because they’re twins.
            Also, gay rights issues? Not an agenda.

        • Zoe says:

          So if something is a choice (in your (ignorant) opinion) that therefore means it’s not family viewing? Why? Are you so terrified that your kid will “choose to be gay” that you’re scared of showing him any media that has gay people in it?!

    • Lee says:

      You won’t watch a show because a character is gay? You don’t know any gay people? No gay relatives? Of course you do, but they probably hide the fact from you because they know you’d judge them and refuse to associate with them. What about all those TV shows where the actors themselves are gay? How could you even watch any sort of visual entertainment for fear of accidentally watching someone who is in fact gay? How can you go shopping without accepting service from a gay store clerk? Your statement seems to imply that if anyone gay (or performing in a gay role) is involved in anything, you will choose not to be involved. How limited your world must be.

      • Jim M says:

        LOL… do you really think that many people are homos? it’s more like 3% of the population that choose to be gay. get over it. we’re here, we’re straight, deal with it.

        • Lee says:

          Being gay is not a choice. Who would choose to be subjected to prejudice, ignorance and hatred? And your 3% is the percent of the population is the number of those who actually have the courage to state their gender preference. In reality the number is closer to 10%. That’s 1 in 10. So don’t you think you have a pretty good chance of encountering a gay person every single day of our life? Deal with it.

        • Angela says:

          we’re here, we’re straight, deal with it.
          Um, people HAVE dealt with it. They “deal with it” every single day, because straight people have always been allowed to be much more open about the fact they’re straight than gay people could about the fact they’re gay.
          Try and use actual logic when you make your arguments, it’ll help you greatly in the long run.

    • David4 says:

      Being you obviously come from a horrible close minded bigoted family I don’t think the trash you watch would be ‘family friendly’ to me.

      You do realize the man who runs this site is gay right?

  11. Rob Horine says:

    It’s a SVU episode streched out over 8 weeks (if it lasts that long) without the benefit of Mariska Hargitay!

    I give it 3 weeks.

  12. wrstlgirl says:

    Well it wasn’t great but I like to give a new show a couple of episodes before I dismiss it.

  13. Andre says:

    The name is reason enough not to watch this. How can a “series” be focused on or around a slap??

    • Lee says:

      Because a mere “slap” can become a catalyst for for an endless series of problems. Imagination issues?

    • Jim M says:

      another Honey Boo Boo fan who can’t comprehend a series. retard.

      • Me says:

        I work with social workers every day. This wouldn’t even constitue a blip on their radar. I totally agree with the OP and if you could limit your hateful belittling of anyone who disagrees with you, kindly do so.

        • Isobel says:

          The parents do sue Harry, and it sets off lots of issues with the other characters interactions with other people at the party

  14. Joey says:

    I think that AV Club’s review of this is probably the most best you’ll read, analyzing the miniseries for what it actually is, rather than the ridiculous comments you’ll find here.

  15. Velocisexual says:

    Gave it a B. It wasn’t great, but there were things to like.
    Positives: I liked the way they built tension in this episode. You know something is going to happen, but they build up the anticipation just right. It’s like in a disaster movie, you know you’re just waiting for the disaster (tsunami, earthquake, whatever) to hit, but a good disaster movie will build up the tension while ramping up towards that big moment. I must admit though, I don’t know how they will keep this up in the next 7 episodes, but I’ll watch while it remains interesting.
    I like the concept of the actual slap itself. It’s a very interesting moral and ethical quandary and it’s the kind of action that at least will cause some emotional responses and (hopefully) bring forth some interesting debates.
    Also Thomas Sadoski is always good and it was nice to see Marin Ireland again after the criminally underrated The Divide.
    Negatives: I hate the tired trope of the midlife crisis husband having an affair with the babysitter. Is that really the best they can come up with? I also thought the premiere was extremely Hector-focused and we don’t really know anything about most of the other characters, it’s not the approach I would’ve chosen. Also the voice-over is annoying as ****.

    • Joey says:

      Considering the premiere is titled “Hector”, that would make sense. Also, each subsequent episode focuses on one of the other major players

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        …and next week’s does Harry no favors. Yikes.

      • Velocisexual says:

        Being unfamiliar with the original show I did not know this, though it doesn’t surprise me (I kind of figured the show would look at this from various viewpoints), but I still think you can have one character be the central character while letting us get to know the other characters a bit better. Or simply not introducing so many characters all at once (who was the asian lady and wtf was she doing there for example).

        • James says:

          She is supposed to be the American version of the wife of Hector’s recently reformed ex-alcoholic friend in the original. If they follow the Aussie mini, she’ll figure in in one of the episodes.

  16. Malissa says:

    The show should have been a 2 hour premier. Hector’s character was given too much top show. Just another lech of an old man no one wants to see. For the show to last, put Hugo home life up as top story (his parents have obviously messed him up, breast feeding a 6yr old & in public? ). No wonder he acts out!

    • Joey says:

      I’m really sorry, I’m not taking this out on you specifically, but I’ve seen it all over the internet. How many times do they need to mention that this is a miniseries for people to get that this is….a miniseries. Not a full series.

    • Isobel says:

      Hugo’s mum gets her own episode and we get some background as to why she treats Hugo the way she does

  17. Kaye says:

    It was ok, but I wouldn’t set my DVR to record it.

  18. BrittBrat says:

    How do you allow your child to go to someone else’s house and mess up all their stuff? That little boy wouldn’t be allowed near me or my house. Anyway, the first episode was pretty boring and I don’t know how much longer I will watch.

  19. Bonnie says:

    Bring Parenthood back. That show made me laugh and cry. This Slap made me want to throw up!

  20. Tom says:

    The kid did need some kind of discipline.

  21. Tommie says:

    The mother & father should be slapped

  22. Robert says:

    I guess I am in the minority but I like the episode, you can feel the tension with all these characters gathered together for the party. I think as the episodes unfold We will get a better idea of all the characters true nature. I do not care how awful a kid is, it is never right to harm another person’s child.

  23. Lynn savage says:

    It has intrigued me so far….I have been sucked in.

  24. It’s a good idea, but I found the characters to be too forced. In trying to give us a good idea of the struggles all of these people face, they’ve resorted to cardboard characters and stereotypes, and the writing was SOOOO forced; there wasn’t enough room in there for a real story to BREATHE and there was TOO MUCH stuffed in there to make any of it believable. They promised shades of grey, which is GREAT, but there was no grey; it was like going on a bilnd date and getting up to go to the bathroom (and sneak out the window) simply because you’d just swallowed the entire 30 years of your date’s life in one sitting.

    Too bad, too, because with some more nuance, and some rests to enjoy a bit of storytelling, this SHOULD HAVE BEEN a powerhouse.

  25. Kal says:

    What was that odd scene with the character Connie brought to the party (the photographer) and Hector? Was he coming on to him? Confused.

    Also, who was the asian girl? She just seemed to BE THERE for no reason.

    • Isobel says:

      She’s the wife of Hector’s friend, in the Australian version they’re a Muslim couple with two kids and are actually introduced properly

  26. Elisa Roja says:

    UM, total pro-abuser, pro-“dad” propaganda. Any man who would hit a child like that would never do it just as “an incident”, it would ALWAYS be a pattern of behavior of an abuser … this propaganda dominates TV and Hollywood now … Gone Girl, Breaking Bad, all of the men have custody of small children and the “false accuser” plots dominate now, the new ABC Ryan Philippe show, even a slew of commercials showing men as primary caregivers … this is just another disgusting example

  27. Rudy says:

    I would never allow a kid that doesn’t respect property other people or kids into my home . .parents like this should be educated bringing up the kids.I hope in the next episodes following NBC doesn’t focus on the family and that out of control kids.

    • Isobel says:

      Harry’s episode is next and his family and then Uma Thurman’s character who is Rosie’s friend, but I don’t think Hugo appears in it

  28. herman1959 says:

    D for disappointing. I found every major adult character, except Uma Thurman’s, to be unlikeable and I don’t know how I come back from that. I will give the show another chance next week, hopefully it ‘ll improve when each episode is not told from smarmy Hector’s POV.

  29. robin says:

    I loved it ..I love actors playing Hector and Harry…its like true lifearriage very realistic ..hope its given a chance…

  30. robin says:

    I loved it ..I love actors playing Hector and Harry…its like true life marriage very realistic ..hope its given a chance…I have always thought Peter Sarsgaard was a great unappreciated actor..

  31. S says:

    Why doesn’t anyone report or seem to know that this and the Aussie series are a tv adaptation of the book of the same name? Seems like a massive oversight.

  32. What a freaking waste of talent. There’s a lot of people who I’ve genuinely liked in other projects, but man, this show did nothing for them. I think the only reason I didn’t go F is because people are clearly doing the best they can.

  33. Marcia says:

    I wanted to slap just about every character. Could there be a bigger group of unlikable people? Not sure who deserved the slap more, Hugo or his parents. They are going to have to create someone to like if they want people to come back.

  34. It's Me says:

    Hated Melissa George in the original and i hate her in this version as well.

  35. Eneida says:

    I think as the show progresses from that moment when “the slap” happens it’ll turn much more interesting to see the domino effect that occurs. I thought overall the premiere episode was good and I’m looking forward to the rest of the show.

  36. Libby Checks says:

    Hugo wasn’t just clinging to mom…he was breast feeding….this can only get more interesting since all of the characters have something in common that brings them together…while their base line personalities will deeply divide them.

  37. Jim M says:

    no doubt liberals got upset when the kid got slapped…. especially because the show portrayed the brats parents as incompetent libtards. if more kids got a good smack when they were acting that way, they’d grow up to be better people…. instead of entitled liberal brats who think the world owes them.

    • Anon46 says:

      So to you & all others saying that liberals are complaining because the kid got slapped, why and in what universe does it make sense to you that liberals would be the only people upset about such a thing? This is a tv series, not real life. If you want to slap your kids in public or let anyone who doesn’t like their behavior slap the fire out of them, I don’t care. And I’m a liberal, which has absolutely nothing to do with a corny tv show.

  38. Jim M says:

    so far, so good.

    the first episode highlights liberal parenting and how horrible their children can be. the whining dad who is angry at “the rich.” the hippie mom who doesn’t discipline her brat and is still breastfeeding him.

    of course they tried to make the conservative the angry bad guy, but most reasonable people agree that kid needed a good smack… and the parents need one too.

  39. Do not see how they can get a full season out of this

  40. chuck says:

    First If I had friends this boring, I’d slap myself. No one has a group of friends that have nothing to say, except under their breath. Secondly, I do not see the issue here. a child was widly swinging a bat at other children, the parents were too occupied with Occupy Wall Street than parenting and the kid should have been slapped.
    Now it is fgoing to be Murder one with a misdemeanor assult charge.

  41. says:

    I wasn’t going to waste my time since show killer Melissa George is on it. She ruined Alias. Almost ruined Greys but they got rid of her in time and she was insufferable on The Good Wife

  42. LisaRM says:

    The show was okay, however I’m going to stick with it to see how the story unfolds and the characters are developed. I think this is “food for thought” programming that compels the viewer to take a stand on a topic that most people would have strong opinions. I’m curious to see this unfold, though there are elements or characters I just don’t care about–so far, anyway.

  43. dman6015 says:

    “Oh, but it was a fantastic book and a great Australian TV series!” So? It’s America, and American TV and American producers. ‘Nuf said.

  44. behzadbyhimself says:

    A huge reason why so many foreign shows are dumbed down for American adaptations is because US network dramas are either too soapy or procedurals. This show avoids that and gets called ‘pretentious’. Go figure.

    • Ry says:

      agreed, looking at the comments a lot of people want someone to root for however theres not much to admire about any of the characters which is kind of the point. Likewise I think the series is hindered by having to adapt the original 60 minute episodes into some 40 minutes, had the premiere been an hour and a half long it may have gotten a better reception. Its unfortunate that this will likely do poorly in the ratings, I commend NBC for bringing a unique concept to broadcast but think this would do much better on something like netflix.

    • Zoe says:

      This is the first good argument I’ve seen that paints the show in a good light. Not sure I agree, but this seems reasonable. Kudos.

  45. Nick says:

    I wouldn’t say it’s a hit so much as…. a slap….*runs away giggling*

  46. T says:

    Can’t believe Parenthood was taken off of the air a couple of weeks ago and this trash is aired. Horrible show, no interest in watching 1 more episode much less 7.

  47. KC says:

    Who gave this show the go ahead to air – total fail

  48. Thomas Sweeney says:

    I didn’t feel like I wasted an hour watching, and the cast is very good. None of the characters are very likable. I plan on watching again next week.

  49. Oh, Puh-leeze says:

    They built an entire television show around a guy who pops a bratty kid in the chops? Are we really THAT desperate? Christ.

  50. robin says:

    Hugo is an out of control brat thanks to his parents not disciplining him at all.