Sometimes you meet a new, young comedy and — despite any obstacles — can’t help but fall in love. Was this the case for you and ABC’s Trophy Wife?
This new single-camera sitcom premiered Tuesday at 9:30/8:30c and brought more laughs than an adolescent’s attempts at erotica. Directed by Broadway vet Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), the pilot does an ace job of introducing the titular wife, Kate (Malin Akerman, Childrens Hospital), and the hilarious family in which she finds herself embroiled.
When party girl Kate meets lawyer Pete (Bradley Whitford, The West Wing) — by breaking his nose in a karaoke mishap — she doesn’t expect to be introduced to his two ex-wives and three kids the very same night. But she falls for the older man and soon goes from carefree serial dater to Wife #3 and stepmom.
Akerman shines in the lead role, particularly in scenes opposite Ex-wife #1 (Marcia Gay Harden, The Newsroom), whose icy perfectionism makes her Kate’s polar opposite. The most promising supporting character, however, is Ex #2, played by Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live). Whether she’s trying to swap out a dead hamster for a live one or frantically searching her ex-husband’s lawn for a hide-a-key, Watkins is very funny. In addition, Natalie Morales (Parks & Recreation) offers a welcome bit of sass as Kate’s irresponsible bestie.
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Kate’s attempts to bond with her stepkids, particularly by chugging a water bottle full of vodka to protect her stepdaughter (Gianna LePera in the pilot, but Once Upon a Time‘s Bailee Madison in subsequent episodes), make for some of the episode’s highlights, so we’re curious to see how the recasting affects the burgeoning camaraderie between stepmom and stepdaughter. All in all, Trophy Wife is adorable and entertaining, and we can’t wait to see more.
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