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TV series: Go On (2012)

An irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, after a loss, finds solace from members of his mandatory group therapy sessions.

The summer has hit its end and it’s time to start the fall with a new batch of tv-shows. One of those is the new sitcom called Go On.
Starring Matthew Perry (Friends, The Whole Nine Yards) as Ryan King, the aforementioned sportscaster who’s in group therapy, will this become a show we will learn to love over the upcoming months?

I personally love Matthew Perry, I think the guy was the best thing that Friends had going for it in it’s ten season run. And he has grown to do a lot of varied (all be it not always succesfull) projects such as Studio 60 on the Sunset strip.
So if you’d ask me, I’d say that a lot of this shows succes will have to come from his energy and ofcourse: clever writing.
In the pilot episode that just aired september 11th in the USA, we got to see a few glimpses of what could very well become a multi season show.

The character of Ryan King is introduced to us quite swiftly, seeing him going back to the radiostation he works at, quickly learning about his wife’s untimely demise. His boss demands for him to go to a ten part group therapy session to cope with what has happened to him. He meets the group and it’s therapist Lauren (Laura Benanti) and there we have the set-up for at least 12 scheduled episodes.
I quite liked a lot of the stuff I saw, with it’s band of vastly different characters it resembles the show Community a bit, although I hope this show fleshes out it’s characters a bit better than Community has done.

Perry is good as King, playing what looks to be a close to real life version of himself, with a lot of tongue in cheek humor. Even though we can spot the dynamics with ease that will be fleshed out over the course of it’s first season (namely the attraction between King and his therapist) it looks to be better than you expect.
The dialogue is cleverly written and the band of misfits that make up his group therapy sessions all seem to be different enough to be interesting. (among those you’ll spot the mom of Sam Witwicky from the Transformers sage, creating that well known ‘I know that face from somewhere’ moment)
There were instances that had me laughing quite hard, and the first episode ends on a high note as well.
It’ll take time, as is the case with every new show, to see if it can live up to it’s good opening episode, but it will definitely be worth your time to check it out.

For those of you who are regular readers of the site: tv-shows haven’t been covered in the past on That Dutch Filmlover, but every now and again we will venture out to try our hand at something new.
Hopefully you’ll appreciate the effort and provide a bit of feedback as well!

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5 thoughts on “TV series: Go On (2012)

  1. Good review, brother! This is exactly why I want you writing for me! Just a little correction here, and this is my fault because I made a bad assumption, but the pilot didn’t air tonight in the U.S., the second episode aired (which was just as brilliant). NBC aired the pilot over the summer during the Olympics, I think and left it avaialble for online viewing and OnDemand viewing in the U.S. through cable television providers. While airing a pilot in advance of the official premiere isn’t unheard of, airing the second episode on the official premiere night is. I assumed that they’d air the pilot tonight because that’s what they always do. 🙂

    Posted by Shawn P. O'Halloran | September 12, 2012, 08:34
  2. Hmmm normally I would just do this – YAWN – at another sitcom especially one with Perry in it. But Shawn is right about how well you write your reviews. I may give this one look-see.
    – Vic

    Posted by Victor De Leon | September 12, 2012, 16:32

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