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Herc Says CBS’ SHIT MY DAD SAYS Is One Massive Foul Steaming Pile Of Sitcom Offal!!

I am – Hercules!!
“A little difficult? He has a raccoon in the shed!” Never mind “Boston Legal.” “Star Trek” and Priceline commercials are funnier than “Shit My Dad Says.” William Shatner is the man, and it seems likely any series he stars in will do well in the timeslot following "Big Bang Theory.” But make no mistake. This cashgrab of a laughtrack shitcom from the creators of “Will & Grace” is not worthy of your attention, let alone the Shat’s talents. USA Today says:
… 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.
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  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    wow first

    by JBouganim1

    on a board no one is going to read

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    i am god

    by JBouganim1

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I think Shatner needs his own reality show

    by RPLocke

    That would be far better than this.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Shat My Dad Says...

    by Zardoz what they should've called this show!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    America is going to eat this up

    by eric haislar

    Mark my words.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I'm starting to think there is no Fringe TB

    by theGoldbergV

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    We really do need a Fringe talkback

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    It's ideal for this site, a perfect match. Make it so, Herc. ;)

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Nicole Sullivan and Will Sasso

    by saultonofswing

    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

    heard a radio ad this morning for this show

    by frankenfickle

    they called it "bleep my dad says". oof.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    knew this would never fly

    by brabon300

    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

    Fuck this shit. Just Watch Community Twice.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Well, the guy who made the tweets

    by quicksilver80

    Must be laughing...all the way to the bank.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by MegaBeth

    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

    as best i can tell...

    by TheBaxter

    this show is a white-washed 'sanford & son' with all the funny surgically removed.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    "the laugh track makes your ears wish they could blink"

    by Amazing Maurice


  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    No! The premise was great!

    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

    Meh. More Shatner is good Shatner.

    by fiester

    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

    Show is probably shit, but I love the guy

    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

    Seriously, we all laugh at the Shat

    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


    by slone13

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Please Shatner!

    by HansBubi

    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

    Paid for by NBC....

    by banditmania

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    The book is awesome

    by JackSlater4

    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

    Still better than Dancing With The Stars

    by 3D-Man

    Yup yup!

  • 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

    Not as bad as I thought it would be

    by memento108

    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

    Shit my Shat says.....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ...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

    Twats this tweet has said

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST

    aka Why I stopped watching network TV

    by gun_will_travel

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Next thing you know they'll make a Facebook movie!!!

    by FlandersBum

    ....oh wait....

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Well I absolutely LOVE the Twitter feed...

    by spud_mcspud_returns

    ...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

    shat my day says

    by palewook

    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

    Shat will wank for cash.

    by Tandemar

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Shatner killed his wife

    by TrigPalinsBodyDouble

    It's true, look it up! That said, he being The Shat, she probably deserved it.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Oh well, HERC

    by TrigPalinsBodyDouble

    Guess this destroys your aspirations towards someone making a show about your Tweeter activities.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Awful, truly awful

    by jim

    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

    Shat is way better on Weird or What

    by Yamato

    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

    Probably could have been good...

    by SK229

    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

    Not bad

    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

    I tried to like it... I really did.

    by Triple_J_72

    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

    Shatner really needs to retire

    by oisin5199

    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.