Fall really did not have many comedies so it seems like the networks were waiting for January to unleash them all on us. My top pick would be Angie Tribeca since I love the humor of Airplane! and Police Squad! I also enjoyed You, Me and the Apocalypse even though I did not laugh out loud at it as much but it was absurd enough that I want to keep watching it. Even though I am not the biggest fan of Workaholics, I do like Jillian Bell from it so I will check her out in her own show, Idiotsitter. I am on the fence with Superstore. It seems like a broad comedy that could potentially grow into something better down the line as writers get to know the actors more and write to their strengths. I could go either way with Teachers. Half of it seemed pretty funny while the other half has comedy bits I have seen many times before. The rest of the comedies I wouldn’t waste my time checking out.
Premieres: Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 9/8c on TBS
Cast: Rashida Jones, Jere Burns, Deon Cole, Hayes MacArthur, Andree Vermeulen
Creator: Nancy Carell, Steve Carell
Parody of serious cop procedurals done in the style of Police Squad!, Airplane! and Sledgehammer! As one critic said, not sure why this show doesn’t have an exclamation mark after the title.
Critics Say: If you are fans of any of those shows that it is styled after then you might be a fan of this show too. Not all jokes hit, but so many of them keep coming more often than not, you will be laughing.
You, Me and the Apocalypse
Premieres: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 8/7c on NBC
Cast: Mathew Baynton, Jenna Fischer, Joel Fry, Gaia Scodellaro, Robe Lowe, Megan Mullally
Creator: Iain Hollands
A comet is headed towards Earth in 34 days and a weird group of people end up crossing paths in these last days.
Critics Say: Funny and has a lot of heart.
Premieres: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central
Cast: Jillian Bell, Charlotte Newhouse, Stephen Root
Creator: Jillian Bell
A woman thinks she is applying for a nanny job of a 7-year-old, but she is being hired by a wealthy family to babysit a grown woman on house arrest.
Critics Say: If you’re a fan of Jillian Bell from Workaholics then you should be a fan of her in this show.
Premieres: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8/7c on NBC
Cast: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Mark McKinney, Nico Santos, Nichole Bloom
Creator: Justin Spitzer
Work comedy based in a big box store.
Critics Say: The comedy is very broad and the supporting cast don’t have much in the way of actual personalities in the earlier episodes, but are allowed to have more quirks sneak in later on. Given time, this could turn out to be a genuinely funny show.
Premieres: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 on 11/10c on TV Land
Cast: Eileen Montelione, Siena Agudong, Trevor Larcom
Creator: Tim Loane
Six elementary school teachers trying to get through the day because their personal lives are dysfunctional.
Critics Say: The main actors all come from the same improv group so they all work off each other well. The parts of the show that work the best are the storylines that don’t focus on cliches and stereotypes. It falls flat when those sneak in.
Premieres: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8:30/7:30c on NBC
Cast: Eva Longoria, Jencarlos Canela, Diana Maria Riva, Amaury Nolasco, Jose Moreno Brooks, Jadyn Douglas, Zachary Levi
Creator: Jessica Goldstein, Robert Harling, Chrissy Pietrosh
Follows the star of a telenovela whose own life has about as much drama as her show.
Critics Say: It is an okay comedy, but fails where a similar show, Jane the Virgin, succeeds brilliantly.
Angel from Hell
Premieres: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS
Cast: Brandon Cyrus, Ginger Gonzaga, Jane Lynch, David Denman
Creator: Tad Quill
An A-type personality doctor meets a woman who claims to be her guardian angel right when her life starts to fall apart and helps her have more fun.
Critics Say: It’s a pretty lame premise where critics are unsure of how wrong the main character’s life actually is that she would even need a guardian angel, but the cast does make the material much better than it should be. It does not seem to be appointment viewing for anyone, but okay to have on in the background.
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life
Premieres: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 8:30/7:30c on FOX
Cast: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Meaghan Rath, James Earl, Charlie Saxton, Liza Lapira, Justin Bartha, Marshall Manesh
Creator: Jay Lacopo
Cooper lives with his two buddies, crushes on the girl next door, and ignores advice from his brother while trying to party all the time and avoid any responsibility.
Critics Say: Cooper wishes he was as cool as Ferris Bueller or Parker Lewis, but he’s mostly a douchebag with lame friends.
Premieres: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 10/9c on FX
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Malia Pyles, Tom Proctor, Chris McLaughlin
Creator: Jonathan Krisel, Zach Galifianakis
A guy wants nothing more in life than to be a clown but he fails out of clown college in Paris due to not speaking French and ends up back home in Bakersfield, CA as a rodeo clown and being miserable to everyone around him.
Critics Say: There is nothing likable about the main character and you don’t want to root for him. It also isn’t funny.
Premieres: Sunday, January 3, 2016 on 9:30/8:30c on FOX
Cast: Hank Azaria, Nicholas Gonzalez, Missi Pyle, Judah Friedlander
Creator: Mark Hentemann
From Seth MacFarlane, it is another white guy family, this time he lives next door to his Mexican neighbors in a U.S./Mexico border town with the clever name of Mexifornia.
Critics Say: MacFarlane has never understood subtlety and continues to be oblivious to it here as well with second-rate jokes about racial tensions.