Impastor Premiere: Will You Religiously Watch TV Land's Con Man Sitcom?

Impastor‘s Buddy Dobbs isn’t your typical gambling addict-turned-gay minister of a small-town church.

As revealed in the pilot for TV Land’s newest comedy, which premiered Wednesday, Michael Rosenbaum‘s character actually assumes someone else’s identity — the real pastor falls to his death while attempting to talk Buddy off a bridge — and inadvertently becomes the spiritual hero of an upstate New York hamlet. (Also, don’t apologize for feeling weird about seeing the former Smallville star with a full head of hair. You’re not alone.)

Impastor‘s first episode is an eventful one, full of misunderstandings (Buddy’s nearly exposed when he doesn’t seem to know what “scripture” means), off-brand shenanigans (he also smokes the weed he confiscates from a concerned parishioner’s stoner son) and an awkward sexual encounter with a microwaved cantaloupe (which I’d rather not get into right now).

The pilot also introduces the members of Buddy’s new inner circle: his personal assistant, a bubbly young lady named Dora (Rules of Engagement‘s Sara Rue); the church’s beautiful, and very interested, treasurer named Alexa (Episodes‘ Mircea Monroe); the church’s equally-interested secretary named Russell (Mike Kosinski); and Alden (Bored to Death‘s David Rasche), the church’s highly skeptical president.

Of course, Buddy’s big reinvention plan isn’t exactly fool proof. Not only does he feel guilty about abandoning his ex-girlfriend (Dexter‘s Aimee Garcia) back in the city, but he’s also being pursued by a pair of unforgiving thugs — and as you see at the end of the pilot, they’re not exactly amateurs when it comes to tracking down those who wrong them.

The only question is: Are you ready to join Pastor Dobbs’ flock after seeing the pilot, or are you damning it to eternal cancellation? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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32 Comments
  1. Joey Padron says:

    Saw sneak peek preview of first episode a few weeks ago. Like it a lot, it was good & funny. Good to have Michael back on TV again. Looking forward to watch more episodes of the show.

  2. steven says:

    Terrible

  3. I’ll support it just for the hope that we will get some Smallville reunions.

  4. ninamags says:

    I saw the pilot a few weeks ago as well. So I didn’t tune in. But I will next week, when we get a new episode.

    I love Rosenbaum and he is pretty freaking hysterical.

  5. Belle says:

    Like most pilots this was a bit rough, but I am on board 110%!! Michael is so hilarious when given comedic roles and I love to laugh :) It make take a few episodes to get into it’s groove, but it’ll be a fun ride…keep tuning in all, it will for sure be on my DVR each week!!!

  6. Winter says:

    I was highly skeptical but I found myself laughing a lot so I think I’ll tune in again next week.

  7. NJMark says:

    The reference to Rosenbaum’s hair reminded me for some reason that he and Sara Rue both appeared years ago on the WB show “Zoe, Duncan, Jack, and Jane.”

  8. REDRUM says:

    I enjoyed it. I never watched Smallville so I was pleasantly surprised by how charismatic Michael Rosenbaum is.

  9. Weezy says:

    I’ve been a Rosenbaum fan since Sorority Girls. I know it was a dumb movie but I loved it. I adored his character on Breaking In, no matter how short lived. I like his brand of comedy so I’ll certainly be tuning in.

    • redjane12 says:

      True that… Dutch was the best thing on Breaking In…
      Impastor’s pilot suffered a bit from pilot-itis but once the show finds its pace it could be a fun comedy and Rosenbaum was great as Buddy…

  10. Sheila says:

    Nothing particularly groundbreaking there, but it was a pleasant half hour.

  11. Larry Higginbotham says:

    IMPOSTOR is a slap in the face to Christians. Another attempt to shove the game movement down our throat.

  12. Judie says:

    I really liked it ~ all of the actors were well selected for their roles ~ i am looking forward to future episodes.

  13. First time I have laughed out loud watching TV for a very long time. The off-beat ironical situations were GOLD. I hate ALL reality TV and will be wholly on board with this series. I
    Truly hope it has some longevity because The likability of television programming went off
    The rails a very long time ago!

  14. cherry says:

    Michael rosenbaum is a phenomenal actor. Got to know him from smallville and his brilliant performance as Lex Luthor ( The best Lex to date! No one can top him! ) I checked everything he did after smallville and before that , and I mean EVERYTHING , even short films. I am here because of him.
    I love you Michael!!

  15. Shar says:

    Where have all the good writers gone? Call me old fashioned but what’s entertaining about the pastor with the sex melon? It has no place on family tv. If I was sitting there withy children or parents we would have all been embarrassed.

  16. Alejandro says:

    Excellent comedy, out of the ordinary with fresh plot. Actors were absolutely natural living their paper.

  17. Ed says:

    Thought the first two episodes were really strong and I want to see where it goes. The cast is great and I laughed out loud a bunch of times and that almost never happens. Some Christians are hating on it, but I’m a Christian and I didn’t find it disrespectful at all. My pastor told me he’d watch the first episode and let me know his thoughts. Curious to hear what he says.

  18. this show impastor is beyond funny I am a very devout Christian and Catholic I find the humor is very on base with funny I have read so many reviews how people are so offended by this… people need to lighten up this is, comedy at its finest …not ridicule..people lighten up it’s a freaking show go back to your reality TV where things are really ridiculous and downgrading

  19. And in addition…kudos to tv land in reference to their original programming I was a big fan of Hot in Cleveland sad to see it go but there ongoing series of younger has totally won my heart it’s nice to see some of the old reruns but it’s even nicer for these hysterical comedies are coming up withhere’s to hopefully they will continue what they’re doing

  20. H. says:

    I think this is a great show; love all the characters, please keep it going. Makes my day :)

  21. H. says:

    Cmon people, don’t take this so seriously. ..it is a tv comedy and it’s got all the right stuff going for it. Its not about knocking religion. ..its about a con artist trying to stay safe but he still cares about his “parishioners”. Lighten up people or put your remote away…

  22. Jenean Hurst says:

    this is the funniest show in a long time. My husband and I have spread the word for our family and friends to watch this hilarious comedy.

  23. Stephanie says:

    Love this show so much!!!

  24. Julie Tripp says:

    Love, love, love this show!! Impastor is an absolute must for me each week. Even enjoy watching over and over! Great job TV Land !

  25. I love, love, love “Impastor”. It is TV Land’s “BEST SHOW”. I am tired of all the “old shows” and do not like many of the “new shows”. Impastor is a blessing. I love Michael and Sara. Their parts must have been written specifically for them. I cannot imagine anyone else playing Dora, but Sara. She is hilarious. I am so glad to see Michael playing a funny part, because playing Lex on Smallville you got the impression that he could be a bad person in real life. He is hysterical as Buddy. Now, they need to find a part for Tom Welling, maybe the town’s mayor, and you have a perfect show. You have a keeper TV Land, so do not mess it up. The rest of the cast are also fantastic. They are all perfect for their characters. I will definitely continue watching.