“Back to You”: Die, Laughing

Sure, in the end, we just want our comedies to be funny. Bty_groupwhiterjwfaBut when they’re not, it sure is easier to cope when you’re not hearing the sounds of countless people laughing around you.

That’s the problem with the set-up/joke/wait-for-canned-or-uncanned laughs formula represented by Old School shows like Fox’s "Back to You." When the show isn’t funny, when the jokes are the same old telegraphed double-entendres we’ve been hearing on sitcoms for two decades now, waiting for the inexplicable laughter to die down just underscores the point. It’s a turn-off — in more ways than one, if you get my meaning.

— Jon Weisman

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