Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Sepinwall on TV: 'According to Jim' goes on (and on and on and on and on and on...)

In today's column, I marvel at the unkillable nature of "According to Jim," which begins its eighth season tonight.

28 comments:

Debsa said...

According to Jim = George W. Bush for eight years... I get it now...

Michael said...

So it's the sitcom equivalent of a cockroach.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Very funny article, though the list of sitcoms that couldn't last (like Arrested Development, Undeclared, and Andy Richter CTU) did make me sad.

Pamela Jaye said...

so, does anyone watch this show?

is it just to see CTS? Do they think maybe it's actually Melrose Place, Ally McBeal or Day by Day? (I didn't watch MP for long, really. Vanessa Williams was on it when I did. What happened to her?)

Zack said...

Alan, do you need booze? Because I kinda do, after reading that.

Ben said...

That can't possibly be an unretouched photo...or can it? Is Jim Belushi part Oompa Loompa?

Anonymous said...

I swear, it's possible watch it ironically. I like to pretend it's the mid-eighties, when there were so many brain-dead sitcoms on, and it was hard to know anything about quality when you're an avid tv watcher just entering his teens. Like, I thought The Facts Of Life had heft, back then.

Anyway, it is fun to watch that and Two and A Half Men with my seven-year-old. We balance it off with good stuff, I swear.

olucy said...

So it's the sitcom equivalent of a cockroach.

Or Spam.

Anonymous said...

When I saw the title of your post, my reaction was "that show is STILL on?" I thought this was canceled years ago.

dez said...

It's like a horror film: "The Show That Wouldn't Die!" Starring Jim Belushi with the fakest fake bake that ever faked.

scottatl said...

What is the worst sitcom ever? According to Jim or George Lopez Show?

Anonymous said...

Sure, this show is dumb, but it must have an audience to live, thrive, and survive as it has. At least this gives us all an opportunity to pat ourselves on the back for being so hip and sophisticated.

Kelley said...

Great snark, Alan! I so detest that show...

Kensington said...

Look, I'm as unhip, unsophisticated and susceptible to corn as anyone ever has been, and According to Jim is simply crap. I can watch Family Matters, Full House and Step by Step reruns all the time, and those three debacles were the gold standard for craptacular sitcom mediocrity.

But According to Jim makes my eyes bleed. It's that awful. I keep trying, mind you, but it doesn't improve over time.

amysa said...

Jim Belushi is my nemesis.

fimo said...

I live in Belgium, and the show comes on at about 730pm on the channel with a lot of english language programming, and that's usually when I get home. So even though I find the show dreadful, it's often on in the background as I settle in the apartment and prepare dinner.

I don't know why I stay on the channel, even when I get BBC, CNN and with other channels also showing english programming at that hour. But I do. Probably because I know I won't be distracted to actually watch it, and nor does it require much of my brain to engage and be mildly entertained as I am doing chores.

Pamela Jaye said...

the people in this thread promise it "will be over for good" (eventually)

(I had to go see if people really watched it)

Dan Coyle said...

I always found George Lopez far more smarmy and offensive and unfunny than According to Jim. And sneeringly misogynistic.

It was saying something that when the show was good, it was only in the serious moments where Lopez had to do real acting.

But IMO the most utterly loathsome modern sitcom is, was, and always will be Reba. Or as I like to call it, MCINTIRE ON THE CROSS.

Pamela Jaye said...

okay, having spent a tiny bit of time on the ATJ message board (where college students can't spell - which may explain something) it occurred to me that at least Jim Belushi is making eyes bleed on ABC rather than dead of a drug overdose. That's probably a good thing - at least for all of who have remote controls, right?

Pamela Jaye said...

oh, and those of us who *have * to review the show...

there are shows that i want to have cancelled, so that i don't have to watch them and can delete them from my DVR. this isn't one of them, but then again -

I've never seen a single episode.

Adam said...

In terms of mediocrity times endurance, has it already exceeded the 7 seasons/170 episodes of Empty Nest? 9/215 for Family Matters?

J said...

That's nice and all, but when are those new episodes of Wings rolling out?

I find myself feeling good for Thorne-Smith, at least. She was the best worst drunk of them all and had no future with that Billy Campbell.

filmcricket said...

What's that joke again? The set-up is basically some guy telling a story where he falls off a fifty-storey roof or something and lives to tell the tale. (The set-up's longer than that, but that's the gist.) The second guy says "You must be the luckiest man in the world." First guy says, "Nah, that's Jim Belushi."

Steve said...

I once watched a show without humor
that felt worse than having a tumor
Creatively dim
named According to Jim
ideal for the US consumer

dvlman said...

I LOVE mediocre sitcoms!

I religiously watch "Gary Unmarried". I think Steven Levitan is a legend. I could even stomach 22 minutes of "Still Standing".

But I have never made it through a single episode of ATJ. I can't even successfully type it out.

Sarah said...

Huh. I had no idea that show was still on. Never seen it, don't plan to.

Anonymous said...

*sniffle* Knights of Prosperity...

EmeraldLiz

Pamela Jaye said...

But I have never made it through a single episode of ATJ

i can still say that about Everybody Loves Raymond. One night I helped a friend fix the tub rather than watch it.