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Hercules Declares
Worst New Series Of Autumn!!

I am – Hercules!!
Clichés! Caricatures! Condescension! “My Generation” is an appalling new ABC dramedy created by writer-producer Noah Hawley, creator of the completely horrible ABC dramedy “The Unusuals.” It’s also a relentlessly unfunny wannabe-mockumentary that follows a handful of Austin high school classmates a decade after they all attended high school together. I hate that Hawley lured the wonderful Kelli Garner and Jaime King into this swill, and I hate that he sullies the great city of Austin with it. Now that ABC entertainment chief Stephen McPherson has left the network, I’m hopeful nothing Hawley creates ever gets a series order again. His work is not art; it is punishment. And to call it the worst show of the season on a night that includes both “Outsourced” and “Shit My Dad Says” is saying something. And yet I do say this. In any case, thanks to “Big Bang,” “Bones” and “Community,” its demise will be swift and merciful. I said GOOD DAY!! USA Today says:
… At least no one can say this abysmal ABC misfire doesn't come by its status as the season's worst new show honestly. Seldom has a show crammed so many terrible ideas into a single aggravating hour. …
The Washington Post says:
… even the most self-infatuated 20-somethings do not deserve the punishment of wallowing in ABC's new faux-documentary, "My Generation" … It should not be confused with a mockumentary, which would imply that it's funny. …
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
… a dreadful series … the less said about it, the better. It's an insufferable show that could well be the season's first cancellation (if "Lone Star" doesn't beat it after Monday's ratings-losing debut). And it can't come a moment too soon. …
The San Francisco Chronicle says:
… Who wants another faux documentary? Didn't think so. But how about this time if it was a drama, not a comedy? Didn't think so. And yet, if you're really young and you haven't seen a lot of television remade endlessly like some mashed-up Play-Doh bits, "My Generation's" idea, of a documentary film crew that follows a high school graduating class in 2000 and revisits the cliche-heavy, stereotypical bunch in 2010 won't make you roll your eyes and get sick on your shirt. Everyone else - bibs on! …
HitFix says:
Of the three terrible new shows debuting Thursday night, the ABC drama "My Generation" is the most disappointing. … the execution is just awful - leaden and predictable and eyeroll-inducing at nearly every turn. …
The New York Times says:
… The mockumentary conceit has been done to death, especially in sitcoms inspired by “Arrested Development” and “The Office.” But it’s effective in this drama, lending the characters’ monologues both poignancy and also a light layer of satire. …
The Los Angeles Times says:
… despite such heavy-handed manipulation, the characters and camera-aware performances of "My Generation" are precisely what make the show surprisingly fresh, vivid and touching. …
The Boston Herald says:
One of the oddest and least engaging dramas of the fall … Dramatic storytelling seems to have veered off the road and crashed into a tree. Expect “My Generation” to be orphaned from the ABC schedule by the end of fall. …
The Boston Globe says:
… a mediocre drama that probably won’t last very long, despite airing in the same ABC programming block as “Grey’s Anatomy.’’ It’s trite and forced, a collection of cardboard types rather than characters. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… about as insufferable as wine-sniffing yuppies and carries an odor like day-old deli meat. …
Variety says:
… Not surprisingly, life has unfolded in unpredictable ways. But most of those forks in the road lead in painfully obvious directions, and the milestones that altered their lives -- the Bush-Gore election, Sept. 11, the Enron scandal -- feel like a trivialization of history for the purpose of mushy-headed drama. …
8 p.m. Thursday. ABC.
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  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    is this the supoosed ST ELMOS FIRE tv adaptation?

    by Six Demon Bag

    i was hearing rumblings about..

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    The Wrath of Herc

    by Heckles

    Wasn't going to watch this, glad to know I made the right choice.<br><br>Today is Herc's verbal smackdown on the Fall's worst. Keep it up man.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    green lighting shit on purpose?

    by brabon300

    every tv season has its share of misses, but this season seems to be filled with crap<p>is it possible that the suits are green lighting the worst in order to open the door to cheap unscripted shows?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by SaluteYourShorts

    THE UNUSUALS was awesome. And this looks promising and interesting.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    So now we know

    by Sonny_Williams

    Funny that the only 2 positive reviews here are from New York and Los Angeles. The rest of the country instantly recognizes the suckage while the smarter-than-thou crowd in NYC and LA digs it. Maybe if television and movie production were moved out of both cities the quality might have a chance of improving.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I could tell this would suck from the billboards

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    "Dad, I'm TIRED of paying for YOUR mistakes!" Great just what everyone wants to see, a show about a bunch of white, whiney 20 somethings who blame all the mistakes they've made on their parents. What kind of genius do you have to be to program a TV network anyway?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Just watched the trailer, hadn't seen it before

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    ABC actually has the audacity to use images of the WTC in flames and the rubble after they collapsed to promote this SHITTY TV SERIES?! I'm a New Yorker. Fuck you, ABC!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    This show might have had a semi chance

    by CCon99

    If this show was up against abysmally rated wannabe mockumentary Parks & Recreation, it might have had a chance.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Goddamn, Herc.

    by HorrorFan81

    Someone shit in your Cherrios?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I liked The Unusuals

    by johnnyangelheart

    it was different.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    this thing looks and sounds so awful

    by TheBaxter

    and the reviews are so incredibly bad... it almost makes me want to watch just to see just how bad it really is. kinda like driving by a car wreck, and you want to slow down to count the number of bodies.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    It looks like utter shit.

    by fiester

    Mindboggling that this crap gets made and put on tv.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I too liked The Unusuals

    by jim

    It was a fun show that didn't take itself seriously. It was very poorly marketed. Need proof, go check out the DVD cover. Granted, it's nice to see cover art for an ensemble show that doesn't have either the cast all lined up staring at us, or headshots of the cast in boxes. However, in being creative one needs to capture the essence of the show and convey that to the consumer. The Unusuals cover art makes it look like the show is a TV adaptation of a direct-to-video John Cena movie. Truly awful.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    All the people in this group were supposed to be

    by jim

    friends in High School? Seems this group of friends is comprised of one member from every stereotypical High School clique. I'll pass.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Amen Sonny_Williams

    by _Maltheus_

    Bad movies and TV are often the result of an elite "media class" that is totally out of touch with society. Most of the country can barely relate to any of it. What's needed, is an independent challenge to Hollywood. Given how much money is involved, I'm surprised there hasn't been one.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Wow, Herc...

    by Dasinfogod

    ...that's a level of vitriol you usually reserve for the likes of Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg! Hope you have a more shiny tomorrow.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Let me echo MrEkoLetMeLive

    by slappy magoo

    Working in Manhattan, I've seen the billboards and transit posters for this, each one with a picture of a character and a snippet of dialogue in text form, so you know their pain. Except they all come across...kinda like a bunch of whiny assholes. "Remember our prom night? Meet your son." Hey, you could've broken that news a million different ways over 10 years, and that's your idea of a good idea? "When I'm with him, I think of you." Classy. Am I supposed to identify with you? Sympathize with you? Because you're apparently not in the relationship you want to be in...yet you don't end it, like a person with dignity would? And as MrEkoLetMeLive noted "Dad, I'm tired of paying for YOUR mistakes." OK, fine, either move out of town, or tell the people who are trying to make you pay for DAD'S mistakes to go fuck themselves. These aren't people I'd want to have a drink with, let alone hear their self-pity bookended with shitty navel gazing observations and montages set to the disposable emo rock song du jour.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Yet Another Vote for The Unusuals

    by thorin01

    That was a good show. The first couple of episodes were uneven but it started to find a very unique voice by episodes 3 and 4. It did not follow the cookie cutter procedural formula like all the CSI/L&O clones currently populating TV.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Add me to The Unusuals list

    by BizarroJerry

    Fun show, with some weird drama that still worked. Made me kind of think of NYPD Blue had it been a sitcom. "My Generation" looks like a real stinker, but The Unusuals deserved more of a chance than a handful of barely advertising episodes released in the Spring. And if it got delayed and came out after The Hurt Locker (same star) it woulda done better, I think.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Another vote for The Unusuals

    by dukeroberts

    Not your typical, derivative, police procedural swill (like on CBS, or them L&O shows). It had some fun, quirky characters and scripts and Renner is kind of bad ass.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Can't possibly be the worst

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    Did you watch 'Better With You?'

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST

    The amount of crap being greenlit

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    In the main has been a horid year for movies, and for broadcast TV its not looking any better. <p> If one of the broadcast networks disappeared tomorrow and the good stuff was picked up by someone else wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. <p> If Box Office is down this year and broadcast TV ratings are also down, we will hear piracy and internet downloading taking the blame, but the reality is people want some quality and if you aren't providing it well... you have seen the Halo Reach numbers.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST

    The Unusuals wasn't bad

    by hst666

    Herc's derision of that show makes me wonder of this one is better than he believes.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Although the total amount of negative criticism

    by hst666

    leads me to believe Herc may be right in this case.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    The unusuals was fucking fun. Only show/movie/anything with the balls to use Tunak Tunak Tun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    I wonder if Hercules saw any episodes of The Unusuals

    by jim

    other than the pilot. I vaguely recalled his review as not being positive, but didn't think it was as negative as all that. So I looked it up. He said he liked the majority of the cast, even had a favourite character, but didn't find the show funny. However, he held out hope the writing would improve as they had hired a writer he likes for the post-pilot episodes. A far cry from "completely horrible", I think.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    And what Lost fans watching The Unusuals

    by jim

    didn't get a kick out of Harold Perrineau's character being obsessed with his age, 42?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    slappy magoo has it right

    by Jayemel

    I just watched this show. The problem isn't that it's poorly produced or written. The problem is that it is such a negative universe. The idea is that ten years later no one has grown up and gotten past high school (despite events such as the Gore/Bush "controversy," 9/11, and the Enron scandal). <p> I graduated from high school in 2001, so I thought this show might be something I could really enjoy (seeing as how the class in it is 200). However, I got over caring about people who weren't with the people they actually liked, couldn't improve themselves to achieve their one life goal (the nerd wants a family but doesn't date), and generally can't let go of high school. <p> Look, I'm sorry if tragedy has befallen you. I remember 9/11 and the effect it had on my college (especially at a school with so many NYC/LI based students). However, at some point you have to take responsibility for your own life and do what YOU want. <p> All this show really did is reaffirm my life choices and strengthen a conversation I had with a friend of mine recently. It really is about finding happiness through make smart choices.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    The Unusuals was completely horrible?

    by D.Vader

    I remember thinking I liked the one episode I watched... Must have been bc of Michael.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Funny, this show it tailor made for me. I'm Class of 2000 too.

    by D.Vader

    I wrote a script 6 yrs ago about a ten yr high school reunion too.