Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told Premiere: Let's Get Honest About NBC's Race-y Comedy

“You’re making a problem where one doesn’t exist,” Tracy (Vanessa Lachey) tells her husband during the pilot for NBC’s Truth Be Told, which premiered Friday.

But the Truth is, these words apply to every character on the show: Tracy’s husband Mitch (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), his best friend Russell (Tone Bell) and Russell’s wife Angie (Bresha Webb).

I’ll let their actions in this first episode speak for themselves:

* Mitch makes a scene outside a Chinese restaurant, accusing the valet of being racist for assuming that Mitch owns a Porsche because he’s white, when it actually belongs to his black friend Russell.

* It should probably also be noted that Mitch and Russell pass time in the restaurant by debating whether or not the hostess fakes her Chinese accent.

* Mitch and Tracy have an entire discussion about whether it’s offensive to refer to the couple next door as “they” because they’re Jewish. (…I know.)

* Mitch doesn’t want to hire a hot, “ethnically ambiguous” babysitter because then it’ll look like he has a “thing” for hot, “ethnically ambiguous women,” as his wife is also hot and “ethnically ambiguous.” (His words, not mine.)

* Lastly, Mitch and Russell argue about whether Mitch should be allowed to rap the N-word during “Empire State of Mind.” He’s actually weirdly aggressive about wanting to do it; he even suggests humming it.

Basically, these people* go out of their way to turn every cultural infraction into a federal case, which seems like an exhausting way to go through life. (But who am I to judge?) I feel like, if Truth Be Told was on USA, it would be called Molehills — and probably set in Miami.

Your thoughts on the premiere? Grade it below, then drop a comment with your full review.

* By “these people,” I meant “all of the characters.”

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  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    I give it an F. I smell the first new show of the Fall TV season to get canceled.

  2. A. D. says:

    It was very funny!

  3. michael says:

    Thought it was pretty funny. They ought to go the “live” route like undateable. Would make a fun hour on Friday night.

  4. shaw says:

    I liked it. I was very funny to me. I’ll watch it again

  5. Linda L says:

    I love Mark Paul Gosselaar so was happy to see him back but I found this hard to watch! I was wondering if they were as embarrassed to read some of the lines as I was to listen to them.

  6. Ram510 says:

    I actually thought the show was ok and I’d watch again. My problem with the show is that I didn’t buy the friendship between the two couples, especially the two guys. Perhaps better casting could’ve saved this show

  7. Mike says:

    It was a good and funny show. I like Vanessa from her previous show with Seth Green. Also didn’t know that was Mark from Saved By the bell. It’s not the best show of course. But it’s on a Friday and the first episode was worth a watch.

  8. billybobby says:

    Exhausting. Being PC is even LESS funny in a sitcom. Who knew?

    • It’s going to be a hoot when one of them suggests eating Indian food and they tackle whether or not they meant Indian or Native American, settling on the resolution that they’ll stay home because “Indian is not a food, it’s a culture” and that “eating Indian food is cultural appropriation.”

  9. Sorry Andy, your site has been repeatedly guilty of faux progressiveness and virtue signalling. You don’t get to complain when a show makes a grand issue out of every subtle interaction with race.

    • Lucifer says:

      Exactly. This show was basically made for people like Andy and frequent commenters on here like Lizo and Mr. Tran K.

  10. pamelajaye says:

    I didn’t know what the show was about but I gave up halfway through.
    Now you’ve explained, not interested in watching again.

  11. Marti says:

    I was excited about the show, until I actually watched it. I think the casting is good, however the characters lack likability. They look good, but are not interesting. I think the writers are more interested in shock material rather than good material. I mean come on, a toddler telling an adult she has a rash on her vagina and a child watching a grown man shower-? This isn’t sex and the city. This is crap a pedophile would love to watch. This show is a prime example of people selling their kid’s innocence for a buck. I’ll never watch it again.

  12. Will says:

    Missed Tone Bell from Bad Judge – happy he’s in this one. I thought it was pretty funny!

  13. Ellinaras78 says:

    Lost interest when the fake Chinese bit sounded too much like Seinfeld.

  14. Rachel says:

    I actually liked it, very likable actors and the best sitcom in years

  15. Jake says:

    These are the kind of sitcoms like friends that they don’t make anymore.

  16. LaLa says:

    I warmed up to it. Didn’t like the initial scene, but was laughing out loud by the time the ep. ended. I’ll watch it as long as it’s on Hulu.

  17. Tyquwan says:

    I love it please bring it back so funny