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Sep 17, 2013 Web Exclusive
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Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) and Eli (Seth Green) are young, successful owners of a video game company whose fathers, Crawford (Martin Mull) and David (Peter Riegert), move in with them. Crawford, the father of the straightlaced and married Warner, specializes in get-rich-quick schemes while David, the father of the single and perennially teenage Eli, ends up with his son after every aspect of his life turns into a dead end. In an attempt to be ethnically diverse, the video game company has token employees of all races and sexual preferences. In practice, extreme political incorrectness careens into highly racist territory.

What is the desperate-sounding laugh track laughing at, exactly? All four actorswhose individual talents are noteworthyare destroyed in Dads. The jokes (using the term very loosely) are hackneyed. They might have been funny when they were fresh, circa Mull's first sitcom, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976). The one segment that works in the low-brow pilot's closer is when the sons, fathers, and the sample Asian female fetish employee (Brenda Song) weigh in on a texted photo of a tiny penis. With such a superior comedy cast, it's deplorable how far this badly written and directed show has dragged them down. (

Author rating: 2/10

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