Bronson Pinchot stars in this new series as Larry Burton, a manic funny man lost in Africa 10 years ago but who unexpectedly comes home to his remarried wife. The actor and the sharp script by Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers should grab audiences quickly: the sitcom’s got humor, good characters — and Pinchot.
Larry’s slashing fat jokes aboard a freighter home from Africa are painful; however, once he’s in Syracuse, where Sally (Shanna Reed) lives with second husband Boyd (Perry King) and daughter Lindsay (Alex McKenna), the exile discovers his true comedy turf.
Learning of his blurry marital status, he rediscovers Sally’s sister, Gabriella (Courteney Cox), now an adult who’s beautiful and a challenge. Gabriella, who uses not-so-funny sexual innuendoes as part of her defense arsenal, dismisses Larry as the clown he is.
First episode uses an art gallery operated by Gabriella and Sally as a plot gimmick in which Larry can flash his versatility; it works. Pinchot’s a comic whirling dervish, and as long as the producers can keep him in such high-flown material, “Larry” will be a draw — the trouble with Larry, of course, would be if he ever runs low on shtick.
Cox shows a hearty spirit as well as beauty, and Reed displays a warm side, explaining why Larry took to her a decade ago. King, wearing beard and spectacles, does what he can with a one-note role, while youngster McKenna happily avoids the cutes.