First show on the docket for your reviewing pleasure, is Go On the new Matthew Perry comedy about Ryan, a man who recently lost his wife and has to go to grief counseling so that he can get back to work.
Although I felt the pilot was very entertaining, and I was excited for the prospect of another show with Matthew Perry’s humour, it seemed to fall a bit flat in the second episode. Maybe it was because I was watching it with two very unimpressed people though. I was laughing quite a bit during the first episode, but during the second one I noticed much fewer laughs coming. Hopefully this isn’t a trend, because the show seemed like it had something.
All of the characters in his therapy group had good backstories, as I guess is necessary in a grief counseling session, and everyone had something funny to bring with their stories. Maybe the problem for the second episode was they chose to focus on the ‘cat lady’ and I didn’t find her to be that great. Below, you’ll find a picture from one of my favourite guys in counseling with Ryan, the weird sexual guy. I don’t know what his story is, but they seem to want him to just be on the outskirts of the show, being weird and sexual, without really explaining him. I guess once they explain him it will take away some of the creepiness, or make him less funny, but he would definitely garner more laughs from me than the cat lady.
I know it probably suits his character Ryan perfectly, Matthew Perry looks exhausted. I don’t know how to explain it other than he just looks tired, perhaps haggard. I can’t help thinking back to Friends, and his character Chandler as I watch this, because his comedy hasn’t changed much — he’s just turned more dry. Every once in a while you get the shining moments where it seems he is Chandler, he pulls out his adorable smile and his eyes truly light up… I wish there was more of that, because he looks like he’s in his element at those moments.
So far, I can’t say that I’d recommend it unless you’re a fan of Matthew Perry, because maybe you’ll have some of the same good moments (and grievances) as I did. I’ll probably give this show one more chance though, because I really do want to like the new Perry comedy, but I don’t know how it will fare. Tune in next week I guess!
Go On airs Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC.
What did you think of the first two episodes?