… Oh, for heaven's sake, shut up. If nothing else, give this new sitcom — the first ever to be based on a Twitter feed — credit for truth in advertising. Not a single thing William Shatner's Dad has said in those ubiquitous CBS ads has been even remotely funny, a trend that continues in tonight's premiere.…The New York Times says:
… a bad idea from the moment it was announced. … a wholly generic sitcom so divorced from its source material that you have to pinch yourself to remember it had anything to do with the Internet, or with the world after 1985. It might as well have been based on a greeting card. …The Los Angeles Times says:
… Oddly, at 79, Shatner comes across as too energetic and youthful even for the 72-year-old he's playing. The bigger problem is that he's given nothing to do or say worth the doing or saying. He gets better mileage from a Priceline commercial. …The Washington Post says:
… makes you realize how badly we need an Archie Bunker now. But this dad isn't the one. …The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
… long on situation (it's based on a Twitter feed about a young guy who tweets his father's outrageous exclamations) and short on comedy. …The San Francsico Chronicle says:
… no matter how much the laugh track gets sweetened. Face it, "$#*! My Dad Says" was a bad idea from inception to pilot. …HitFix says:
… if it's not the worst new show of the fall, that's only because it's airing on a night when there are two other prime contenders in ABC's "My Generation" and NBC's "Outsourced." …TV Squad says:
You know what's funny about William Shatner? William Shatner being William Shatner. The Shat uttering contrived sitcom lines, which is what happens on '$#*! My Dad Says' (8:30PM ET Thursday, CBS), doesn't make him funny. Shatner tries hard to fit himself within the narrow confines of this brittle sitcom, but the entire enterprise ends up working against the enjoyably goofy, spontaneous aspects of his personality.The fact is, the Shat doesn't thrive in the setup-joke rhythm common to traditional sitcoms. He has a Weird. Rhythm. All his. Own. But that isn't the only problem bedeviling this sitcom. The idea behind it -- that a popular Twitter feed could be the foundation for a good sitcom -- is fatally flawed. …The Boston Herald says:
… the worst new show of fall. … Here’s a tweet from me: This show is a piece of (bleep).The Boston Globe says:
… If volume meant quality, “$#*! My Dad Says’’ would be a comedy gem. The actors, led by star William Shatner, shout their punch lines like infomercial pitchmen, and the laugh track makes your ears wish they could blink … so blandly traditional, so predictably brash, and so lazy. …The Hollywood Reporter says:
… a disappointment for CBS, which squandered valuable preseason buzz by executing a terrible pilot. Let's put it this way: "$#*!" makes ABC's ill-fated appropriation of the Geico cavemen in 2007 look like sheer genius. …Variety says:
… barely watchable, but only because the fleeting moments of heart overshadow the mostly limp one-liners. In a business obsessed with younger demos, the septuagenarian Shatner is an unlikely sitcom star, but he provides the lone spark in this otherwise-formulaic comedy. …8:30 p.m. Thursday. CBS.
Sept. 23, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST
on a board no one is going to read
Sept. 23, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST
Sept. 23, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST
That would be far better than this.
Sept. 23, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST
...is what they should've called this show!
Sept. 23, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST
by eric haislar
Mark my words.
Sept. 23, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST
Sept. 23, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST
It's ideal for this site, a perfect match. Make it so, Herc. ;)
Sept. 23, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST
Why get two of the funniest Mad TV cast members and give them nothing funny to say?
Sept. 23, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST
they called it "bleep my dad says". oof.
Sept. 23, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST
hey cbs, just cuz a bunch of people follow some tweet doesnt mean its gonna make a great sitcom<p>whatever happend to focus groups?<p>i cannot believe that they presented any of these new shows to target audiences before their premiers
Sept. 23, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST
Sept. 23, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST
Must be laughing...all the way to the bank.
Sept. 23, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST
Did he have the kid when he was 60? I love the Shat, but he is too old for this thing. Other than that, sitcoms in general suck.
Sept. 23, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST
this show is a white-washed 'sanford & son' with all the funny surgically removed.
Sept. 23, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST
by Amazing Maurice
Sept. 23, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST
by Dapper Swindler
Fuck this show. But I truly believed in the concept. I could care less if the idea came from a Twitter feed or a cereal box. Shatner was badly miscast.
Sept. 23, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST
It's probably not a great show, but Shatner is always interesting to watch. There's a hell of a lot less interesting things on the tv these days that pull viewers.
Sept. 23, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
"Oddly, at 79, Shatner comes across as too energetic and youthful even for the 72-year-old he's playing." I had to reach 25 to appreciate Shatner (or Nicholas Cage) as the bright spot in the boring, safe homogenized mess of celebrity actors.
Sept. 23, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
But the guy is 79, and a network gives him a leading role in a sitcom. Not a movie - they invest in him in a format that is supposed to go on for years. The guy really won't let his energy/charisma go.
Sept. 23, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST
Sept. 23, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST
We almost always enjoy your work, and we want you to choose any other project (film or tv) over THIS!
Sept. 23, 2010, 6 p.m. CST
Sept. 23, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST
but it covers a lot of time when he is a kid, not just current tweets, this show should have been done Wonder Years style with bleeps like Arrested Development and no laugh track
Sept. 23, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST
Sept. 23, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST
by Mullah Omar
No idea why Shatner bothered with this. You'd think he has better offers on the table. I'd like to think he didn't simply need the cash.
Sept. 23, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST
It isn't THAT terrible. I mean it probably wont last, but I've still seen worse
Sept. 23, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST
...should have been the title. And it should have been a mo-capped CGI show chronicling what happened behind the scenes of the original Star Trek series...with Shat saying all kinds of shit....but this?
Sept. 24, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Sept. 24, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST
Sept. 24, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST
Sept. 24, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST
...And Shatner is the perfect fit. The fact that the guys from WILL & GRACE can't write a decent sitcom shouldn't come as a massive surprise - I mean, the indecently hot Debra Messing as a neurotic aingleton? PLEASE! - so I'm not blaming this one on the Shat or on the concept (the Twitter feed really is fucking fantastic). It's solely the fault of the network, the producers and the writers. And Shatner has enough props from me for the sterling work he did in BOSTON LEGAL that he could be in the next fucking TWILIGHT and I'd still love him.<P> God bless the Shat. The greatest President the US never had...
Sept. 24, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST
meh. <p> not really worth the time. it might make you smirk once in 30 mins. its not funny. maybe it gets better. maybe it gets another season b/c shatner is in it. maybe it gets another season from the high profile of the show from the name. <p> maybe i'll never watch it again. ok, thats not a maybe.
Sept. 24, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST
Sept. 24, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST
It's true, look it up! That said, he being The Shat, she probably deserved it.
Sept. 24, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST
Guess this destroys your aspirations towards someone making a show about your Tweeter activities.
Sept. 24, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST
The only line I found remotely funny was Shatner saying "why can't anyone do a good impression of me".
Sept. 24, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST
His performance in Weird or What is a real throwback to the great Jack Palance Ripley's Believe it or not.
Sept. 24, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST
but they completely fucked with, homogenized, and watered down the original concept to make it as generic as possible... then threw in Shat, hoping his Herculean charisma would save it.<p>By the way, did anyone ever watch the interview he did on his show with Regis Philbin? Just fucking awesome... I imagine if they could tell some really crazy stories (i.e. - if it aired on HBO and they were so inclined) you'd hear some of the craziest Rat Pack like shit... stuff that would make a hooker blush. Those guys are SHOWBIZ... and they have an effortlessness and charisma that the new generation completely lacks. Regis gives so little of a fuck that he won't even remember the flavor of the month's name when they come on his show, and even if he does, he'll certainly never pronounce it correctly.
Sept. 24, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST
by Lummox JR
I actually enjoyed the show. I went into it knowing it couldn't be as spontaneously funny as the Twitter feed, but as sitcom pilots go I think it worked. Some shows just need a while to find their legs. I think this one could be all right, but it needs a cast bigger than four characters. Also, what's with HitFix's hate on Outsourced? That one really seemed to work well.
Sept. 24, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST
But... this show is doomed. It was one of the lamest, sappiest, wastes of airtime I have EVER seen. I love me the Shat, I love me some Nicole Sullivan, but they are wasting their time here. Is poor Nicole destined to be cast in garbage shows that continue to fail? "Hot Properties," "Rita Rocks," now this. And... were any of Shatner's lines taken from that Twitter feed? All his lines sounded somewhat... outlandish.
Sept. 26, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST
saw him at Chicago's Comic Con and he was long-winded, boring and narcissistic, and unfunny. Do the Free Enterprise sequel and then just give it up, Shat.