Saturday, May 14, 2011

What I'm Watching: Better With You (Season Finale)

Better With You: Season 1, Episode 22 “Better with a Baby” (B)

In article related to this show's renewal chances, I read that it may not be highly original but ends up being worthwhile due to its strong cast and writing. I agree wholeheartedly with that, and I definitely enjoy watching this show even if it's not quite as terrific as some other comedies on the air. This season finale perfectly wraps this year's arcs and brings them to a sweet, sentimental close, perfectly ending the show if it is cancelled and setting up a fresh new season if a renewal is in the cards. Deciding to get married moments before having a baby is something that's certainly been seen before, but it's touching enough in the way it happens here, complete with distinctive character traits to relaly make it work. Ben whispering to help Casey in the line at the courthouse was funny, as were Joel's quips about what he was doing while Vicky was giving birth. The "oohs" and "ahhs" from the audience laugh track do feel somewhat out of date but are still helpful when it comes to Joel professing his undying affection for Vicky despite their frequent usages of sarcasm, and I was pleased that it didn't seem to be included when Maddie told Ben that she wanted to have a baby. I'd be happy to spend another year with the Putneys as Mia and Casey raise a baby, Maddie and Ben try for their own, and Joel and Vicky do whatever they do. I had originally written that the ABC upfront is this coming Tuesday, so let's hope for good news on this show, but as of Friday afternoon, this show was officially cancelled, as the far less deserving "Happy Endings" was the only ABC show to make it to a second season. Oh, well. I It was fun while it lasted.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Kurt Fuller & Josh Cooke

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