There are a LOT of new shows premeiring this fall, and it’s hard to decide what to give a chance to, and what should be avoided at all costs. Throughout this fall, we’ll be giving short reviews of most of the new pilots, and letting you know what deserves your precious time.
The most damning thing I can say about Whitney is that I literally can’t tell you what happened in the pilot. Iam writing this a mere 4 hours after the premiere, and I can’t tell you the name of a single character (beyond Whitney, obviously.) I know that the plot had something to do with Whitney dressing as a sexy nurse and injuring her husband, but I have absolutely zero context for what this had to do with anything. The most important thing a comedy pilot has to do is introduce its characters and make you like them, and that is precisely what Whitney fails to do. Not to mention that the presence of a laugh track (something I’m not as vehemently against as others) makes the show stick out like a sore thumb in NBC’s more non-traditional Thursday night lineup. All this isn’t to say that Whitney won’t be a good sitcom in the future. Maybe the second episode will be entirely okay, and the show will be a decent hit. But as it stands, this might be the most forgettable pilot of this fall season.
1 melting DVR out of 5