I am not the demographic for the new show Rel. I’m not black, I’m not young, and I’m not looking for a stupid sitcom about nothing. The lead actor Lil Rel has a Seinfeld-ish plot going, with slightly off friends and family, him playing most of it straight, and repeated jokes milked through the episode. This one is about someone who wears loose-fitting boots aka loose boots, and about the 8th time it is used, it’s almost funny.
I didn’t like him talking to his phone as if he was talking to his kids, I didn’t like his female best friend, I didn’t like his little brother or the people they meet on a bus. The only bright spot in the whole episode was Sinbad playing his dad, a slightly crazy but self-aware father.
Oh, and the premise? His wife was cheating on him with his barber, and now they’re separated, with a potential fight looming for custody. Man, I’m sure all of that will be hilarious. Apparently, though, they’re not sure about the show as they didn’t bother casting either the ex-wife or the kids — they’re only talked about, you never meet them.
I didn’t laugh once through the whole show. I’m sticking to my original prediction of CANCELLED.