TV Review: ‘I’m Sorry,’ From Andrea Savage

I'm Sorry Pilot Shoot ID: 26252_001
Erica Parise

The comedian is very funny — but do we really need another sitcom about the private life of an indie comedian in Los Angeles?

Andrea Warren (Andrea Savage) is a happily married mom with intermittent work and chronic verbal diarrhea. That’s it, that’s the show. Savage — who created, executive produces, writes, and stars in the show — is a delightful, energetic screen presence, with a brand of humor that somehow delivers butt jokes with charm. But there’s otherwise very little to distinguish this sweet little show from other Los Angeles-based autobiographical single-camera comedies about the unfunny business of parenting, marriage, and being in your 40s: In between “Better Things,” “St. George,” “Maron,” “Nobodies,” “Lady Dynamite,” “Take My Wife,” and significant chunks of “One Mississippi” — the list goes on and on and on — a show would have to be particularly entrancing to stand out from the crowd. But while the show is lightweight and enjoyable in all the right ways, it’s more of this same well-trodden genre.

The highlight of the series are Andrea’s relationships — such as the one with her fictional husband Mike (Tom Everett Scott), with whom she shares an easy intimacy that consists of her telling jokes and him getting mildly uncomfortable. Her writing partner Kyle is played by familiar comedic face Jason Mantzoukas, and the people she encounters are played by a fascinating cross-section of the industry — Judy Greer, Judith Light, and in the pilot, an appearance by June Squibb (!).

“I’m Sorry’s” conceit is that Andrea is always getting herself in verbal gaffes with the world at large, and especially with the other moms at school. In one episode, she out and says the essential premise of the series: “It just seems like everyone at school is, you know, joking around, they’re seemingly very cool. And suddenly I say something that clearly crosses a line. I forget that people have a much closer line than the hilarious, disgusting broken people that I consider to be some of my closest friends.”

But it’s interesting, in a comedy landscape that often mingles tragedy or alienation with a comedian’s life choices, that Andrea’s most important relationships are nontoxic, and even the verbal misunderstandings at school usually muddle their way to resolution. It’s a refreshing trip through her world, but it’s also nearly devoid of dramatic stakes. Probably the most really worrying episode is the second, when daughter Amelia suddenly declares she won’t hang out with a classmate because her skin is too dark. Andrea is flabbergasted, hilariously, at the notion that her kid is a budding racist, and tries to find ways to change Amelia’s mind. Curiously, though, the plotline neither resolves nor prompts self-reflection from Andrea and Mike. (Amelia learns to like her friend, but she also starts quoting lines from “Fat Albert” with an attempt at Bill Cosby’s vocal inflections, so it’s a bit of a wash.) “I’m Sorry” chooses to stop at the punchline, when comedy tends to maximize its potential as the audience becomes more invested.

That may please many viewers. After all, it is nice to spend time in Savage’s world, and sometimes a series of butt-oriented sex jokes concealed from the listening ears of elementary-schoolers is enough for a good laugh or two. But “I’m Sorry” never quite tries to be more than a series of moderately amusing anecdotes, which squarely limits its ability to compete with other, highly similar, more adventurous programs.

TV Review: 'I'm Sorry,' From Andrea Savage

Comedy, 10 episodes (4 reviewed): truTV, Weds. July 12, 10 p.m. 30 min.

Crew

Executive producers, Andrea Savage, Joey Slamon, Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jason Zaro, Billy Rosenberg, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer

Cast

Andrea Savage, Tom Everett Scott, Olive Petrucci, Jason Mantzoukas, Nelson Franklin, Martin Mull, Kathy Baker

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  1. Kevin says:

    I think Andrea Savage’s style is great – reminiscent of Issa Rae. Just hilarious. And Martin Mull & the other supporting players fit right in to her quirky, fictitios world.

  2. Eric says:

    One of the best new comedies since Seinfeld. Love the dynamic between the husband and wife. Like the dual nature of the main character – mom and comedian.

  3. Elena says:

    i find myself bafled at the fact that this show has even the slightest amount of viewers. the jokes are tasteless and cringeworthy. it is a sad attempt at dry humor.

  4. C. Woods says:

    Me and my husband love this show and we laugh hysterically at Andrea! It does have some sensitive issues so it is not for children. Keep em’ coming!!!!

  5. Dallas Rockford says:

    Other situation comedies like Curb Your Enthusiasm or the Office followed a similar format to this show. Both of these shows could be crude at times but they were extremely funny. This show is not, the writing is not in the league with the others. The main star discusses urinating, vaginas,
    ice in the butt, lesbians, porn, tea-bagging, etc – often in highly unrealistic conversations with male friends. Don’t look for a deeper meaning to this humor – there is none, and there is zero irony about anything. The vulgarity is a substitute for a lack of comedic genres. Like the above paid critics have said, a lot of this show falls short of the punch line. It’s a bit of a tease in that initial viewing led me to believe the plot would take us somewhere, but as it spun our wheels. The title is the only thing remotely comedic, as in I’m Sorry I wasted tI’m watching 3 episodes. Not Will Ferrell”s proudest moment.

  6. Nick S says:

    Really like the first two episodes. I don’t even mess with sitcoms hardly, but she seems crazy talented. I had never even really heard of Andrea Savage before this show started. I really really hope this show does well because she fits my humor perfectly and it is even decently rewatchable.

  7. Skidrc says:

    I agree with the reply to this post. It is an adult comedy and it shouldn’t be taken as offensive. It’s just funny because unfortunately some people are racist and it’s ridiculous that they are. This is the point of the script in this episode!

  8. Alexis Huddleston says:

    I do not appreciate the “humor” of this show. It is appalling and disheartening to have a television show openly showcase racism as if it’s funny. Racism is not and will never be funny. I understand that the little girl (the daughter) in the show is developing her own ideas about people. In this particular case, the girl doesn’t want to play with her classmate simply because she is a darker skin color. That cannot be passed off as comedy. I don’t believe that Amelia (the daughter) wasn’t fed some of these racist ideas from her elders. I really hope that little children that may be viewing this show don’t become influenced by this terrible attempt at comedy that could pose real effects.

    • Eric says:

      Satire is a very sophisticated form of humor. It isn’t for everyone.

    • HughAkston says:

      Sooooo triggered!!!

      Lighten up, Francis. The obvious inappropriateness of the situation and the horror that a parent would feel is the joke.

    • jrs says:

      its not a kid show , this is and Adult comedy jesus christ

      • Jensen says:

        We loved both of the episodes aired. As a parent 3 times over this is definitely a show that any parent can watch and can completely relate to. We’ve all been in awkward situations because of our partners or our children. My husband and I enjoyed every scene and laughed out loud often throughout the show. She and her husband are a good on screen couple. Keep them coming

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