The Jim Gaffigan Show: Will You Return For the Comedian's Family Affair?

The Jim Gaffigan Show, which premiered Wednesday, might be an autobiographical sitcom based on the life of a popular stand-up comedian. It is not, however, about his career as a stand-up comic.

The eponymous vehicle is about Jim’s life as a well-to-do husband to wife Jeannie (Ashley Williams, How I Met Your Mother) and their attempt to maintain sanity all while raising five — yes five! — young children in a two-bedroom apartment.

In the premiere episode, their status quo is threatened when Jeannie suspects she’s pregnant with Child No. 6. And despite the fact that it’s a false alarm, Jim’s perpetually single friend Dave (Friends‘ Adam Goldberg) suggests a vasectomy before his pal somehow manages to create an entirely new race. Though Jeannie approves of the hypothetical procedure, she knows her husband won’t commit to any experience where he might have to endure pain. The rest of the episode finds Jim attempting to prove her wrong, all while doing everything he can to avoid a potential snip.

After Jeannie eventually arranges for Jim to meet with a urologist (played by Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen), she surprises him at the doctor’s office along with all their kids and judgmental best friend Daniel (Michael Ian Black, Another Period) to ensure Dave doesn’t talk her husband out of the consultation. When Jim and the doctor finally get a moment alone, all it takes is the sheer mention of an incision for the scaredy-cat to forego further consideration.

Overall, TV Land’s latest comedy is off to a promising start. Episode 1 is a bit of a different beast than the show Gaffigan becomes in subsequent installments (two of which are currently available on iTunes) with both its use of narration and indie film aesthetic dropped entirely. Furthermore, Jeannie becomes less of the stereotypical nagging sitcom wife she is sometimes presented as in the pilot.

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of The Jim Gaffigan Show? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. misery chick says:


  2. Kay says:

    I’ll watch anything Jim Gaffigan does, he’s comic gold! And I love Ashley Williams too, and think they play very well together, though I kind of wish Jeannie had been willing/able to play the part. I will be a loyal viewer to the end!

  3. c-mo says:

    Just watched it and LOVED it!!! Can’t decide on my favorite line, either “I’d like to get to the park before Family Services” or “Jim, you’ll get a tan before you get a vasectomy.” I actually didn’t mind the voiceover for the pilot, in this case it was an embellishment and not a distraction. I am glad, though, that the preview episode shown after “Younger” was voiceover-free. Gaffigan is one of the reasons I enjoyed “My Boys” so much so now I’m very happy he’s back on my tv on his own show.

  4. Tim says:

    Another hot wife,fat husband sitcom,I’ll pass.

  5. Judie says:

    I am a new Jim Gaffigan fan – on the show he is identifiable and down to earth. Between this show and the new show, Imposter, I discovered the TV Land channel.

  6. gloroia says:

    This is one of the worst programs I have watched on TV(actually could watch more than half of one show

  7. Erik says:

    Absolute boredom, isn’t entertaining or funny perhaps because once you have turned off the TV for any extended amount of time you really wonder why there is any reason to turn it back on. Even the commercials were odious, Viagra and catfood. Also, a laugh track or so it seems. Sex has to be a theme also, or I guess no one would bother to tune in. A waste of time, unless your legs are cut off walk away and experience reality.

  8. Jojo says:

    I am shocked Why treating woman this bad in American comedy ? All American tv shows now are alike .. hot amazing caring fit active intelligent housewife married to dirty stupid ugly fat bold uncaring non responsible husband ?! And all the same he made huge mistakes all episodes and at the last seconds of the show he apologies in stupid way and she forgive him because she thinks he is so cute!! Oh stupid tv ! I think They want to convince the ladies that its ok to have husband like that !

  9. TUBBY says:

    Can relate. Born ’66, wife ’70. Got two kids (17-20). Good luck with 5. Great show.