I’m not a big fan of redemption stories, especially if it’s the main focus of the plot. (Let’s hearken back to the last one that I couldn’t force myself to watch a single moment of.) So, I sort of want to be mad at Grandfathered. As far as redemption stories go, a life-long bachelor who’s built a career out of being a business savvy slut who can cook being suddenly faced with not only a child, but also a grandchild he never knew existed… is definitely one of them. I could think up a clever reason why I wanted to watch it anyway, but if I’m being honest: Uncle Jesse is fucking pretty. And that once-creepy kid who’s playing his son is well on his way to becoming just as pretty. I swear to God, I look at him and Billie Holiday sings “Them There Eyes” in my head. So, I couldn’t just give the show a hard pass because the story happened to sound less than amazing. And, boy, am I glad.
It is… So. Fucking. CUTE. Seriously. Tooth aches all over the place because of how sweet this shit is. If I could just have that baby laugh and smile and dance around me all day long without ever aging… that’d be great.
But aside from that, it’s also genuinely funny. If John Stamos waited for just the right role to make his television comeback, he chose well. He is still stuck a bit in the “recorded in front of a live studio audience” timing, but I think that’ll wear off. Everyone on this show, even Christina Milian‘s annoying ass (she’s not on The Voice anymore for a reason), will probably fit comfortably in their new single-camera comedy shoes after a while. And we’ll have to get used to her, ’cause as the baby mama, she’s probably not going anywhere. Unless enough people complain and her character ends up getting hit by a bus or something.
Anyway, it’s a real good time. Especially Paget Brewster and Kelly Jenrette, who are both my new best friends. I have to stop writing so the three of us can go hang out with Bob Saget and Lil’ Wayne, both of whom had cameos in the pilot. Any show that can understandably fit them both in the same episode is worth your time.