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No. I Was Much Better Before

By Dustin Rowles | TV | September 29, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | September 29, 2010 |

“Better with You,” that mysteriously generic-sounding sitcom that comes on before “Modern Family,” on ABC tonight (not to be confused with “Back to You,” or “Better Off Ted,”) is about three couples, of three different-ish generations, in the same family. There’s a new couple that has been dating for two months and have already decided to get married. There’s the older couple, together for nine years but unmarried. And there’s the parents, married for 35 years and barely talking. There’s also a laugh track; stereotypical humor; puns; multiple cameras; over-acting; and really bad jokes. If the iPhone had an auto-joke function, “Better with You,” would be the end product.

I made it 11 minutes and 47 seconds into the pilot, and only that long because I like Debra Jo Rupp, who plays the mother. Please don’t make the same 11 minute and 47 second mistake that I did. In fact, if you have parental controls on your television, block the show, and ask a loved one to randomly punch in a security code with his eyes closed so that you will never, ever mistakenly run across “Better with You.”

And, as an added fun exercise, an hour after you’ve read this review, ask yourself the title of this show to see if you can remember it. I had to look it up on several occasions just to remind myself.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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