TV tonight: 'Community,' 'Men,' 'Harm'
Posted February 6, 2013
Community | NBC, 8 ET/PT
Sometimes, it's best to leave while we're in love. Granted, too few of us have ever been enamored of Community, which is why this ratings-plagued mix of sentiment, absurdity and theatricality is returning for a last-gasp reboot without its creator, Dan Harmon. The result is a show that, while still excellently performed, and still capable of some very funny moments, seems to have lost its purpose - unless its main purpose now is to remind us of its off-screen problems and its on-screen struggles to connect with an audience. It's one thing to engage in metajokes, as Community has always done; it's another to allow failure to seep into the very fiber of your series' being. When that time comes, it's time to go.
Two and a Half Men | CBS, 8:30 ET/PT
Ah, teenagers. One minute they're saying they don't want to have anything to do with you, and the next, they're bringing their 36-year-old girlfriends home for your approval. Or at least that's what they do if the youngster (Angus T. Jones) happens to play Jake on Men, which also makes room tonight for the almost-always amusing Jaime Pressly as the woman in question.
Do No Harm | NBC, 10 ET/PT
Say this for Do No Harm, it's different. Tonight, Dr. Jason (Steven Pasquale) goes to war with the Ian/Hyde part of his personality - forgetting, apparently, that if Ian gets hit in the head with a tire iron, Jason is going to wake up with a headache. It's an odd idea for a series, to say the least, but if you find it appealing, you'd better tune in fast, because if the ratings don't improve, a tire iron is going to be the least of Jason's problems.
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