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Coupling
The plot: All sex, all the time.
Showrunners: Phoef Sutton
What works: The scripts, almost carbon copies of the BBC original, are clever and witty.
What doesn’t: The cast feels a little old for such shenanigans, and they’re not that sexy.
Bottom line: It’s still the funniest show NBC has put on Thursdays since “Scrubs.”

Happy Family
The plot: John Larroquette and Christine Baranski come to terms with the fact that their kids are needy losers who can’t seem to leave the nest.
Showrunners: David Guarascio, Moses Port
What works: The jokes are funny, the cast is great and the characters, though broadly drawn, aren’t cartoons.
What doesn’t: NBC’s refusal to realize this show belongs at 9:30 p.m., after “Frasier.”
Bottom line: The Peacock’s best shot at a comedy hit this season.

Las Vegas
The plot: Sin City sudser where the cameras see all.
Showrunner: Gary Scott Thompson, Gardner Stern
What works: Sexy cast led by Josh Duhamel and Molly Sims; fun storylines that aren’t too over the top.
What doesn’t: Nikki Cox’s hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold.
Bottom line: Jackpot, though it may take a better timeslot for the full payoff.

The Lyon’s Den
The plot: Ensemble legal soap led by Rob Lowe
Showrunner: Remi Aubuchon
What works: Ladies love Lowe and there’s room for fresh legal blood 10 p.m. Sundays.
What doesn’t: Did Lowe have to play a moralistic suit in D.C. again?
Bottom line: A much better fit with “Law & Order: CI” than “Boomtown.”

Miss Match
The plot: Alicia Silverstone’s a divorce attorney who moonlights as a matchmaker.
Showrunners: Jeff Rake, Darren Star
What works: Silverstone is cute and the scripts are the perfect mix of funny and real.
What doesn’t: The pilot doesn’t have the energy level you’d expect from a Silverstone starrer.
Bottom line: A perfect match.

Whoopi
The plot: Whoopi Goldberg plays a one-hit wonder soul singer who now runs a boutique hotel in Gotham staffed by a “Fawlty Towers”-esque assortment of oddballs.
Showrunner: Larry Wilmore, Terry Turner, Kris Turner
What works: The rapid-fire one-liners, many of them tinged with social and political commentary, prevent this from being another silly sitcom.
What doesn’t: Omid Dijalili’s handyman and Elizabeth Regen’s sistah act are fine in small doses … very small doses.
Bottom line: What could have been a disaster actually works, but NBC hasn’t had a hit in this timeslot in years.

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