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Outmatched Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creator: Lon Zimmet
Stars: Jason Biggs, Maggie Lawson, Tisha Campbell-Martin
Why are Mike (Jason Biggs) and Kay (Maggie Lawson) so anxious? Because if their second-youngest child Marc (Jack Stanton) is found to be a genius, that means that three of their four children are super-smart, and they just can’t have it.
Since their two oldest, Brian (Connor Kalopsis) and Nicole (Ashley Boettcher) were deemed to have genius-level IQs, life in the family has been a series of expensive private schools, weird experiments, overly-erudite fights between siblings, and just a feeling that their kids aren’t having normal childhoods. Mike and Kay are decently smart people, but not at the level their kids are, and their blue collar lives — Mike is a contractor, Kay is a waitress at an Atlantic City casino — are a mystery to their kids. Thank goodness for Leila (Oakley Bull), their youngest; she’s as dumb as a rock, which is why she’s their favorite.
So now Marc makes their third genius, and Mike and Kay are so overwhelmed by their kids’ shenanigans — like Marc writing sheet music on the walls — they escape to their basement hideout to figure out what to do. “They’re so weird!” says Mike. “Yeah, and they’re only getting weirder,” Kay replies. At the suggestion of Kay’s coworker Rita (Tisha Campbell), Kay tries to get the advantage back on the parents’ side. Her idea: A family day on the boardwalk.
The three oldest kids are reluctant, but are getting into it, when the “friend” Brian wanted to bring arrives: a thirty-something dude he knows from the Internet, who is looking to get a fellowship at Princeton. This drives Mike and Kay to the basement again, but Mike has some ideas to try to outsmart the smart kids.
Our Take: The pilot of Outmatched is long on good ideas and short on smarts or funny lines, and that’s a disappointment. The creator of the show, Lon Zimmet, has been involved in smart and funny recent sitcoms like LA To Vegas, Happy Endings and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. So we know he’s capable of making this show’s rooted in character, especially given the fact that Mike and Kay aren’t dummies. They’re just an Average Joe and Jane that feel like their lives are being overtaken by their genius kids. There’s a lot of humor to mine there, and we hope that Zimmet and his writers get there. But the first episode didn’t show a lot of evidence of that.
The first episode was too full of gags, like jokes involving funnel cake, and lines like “We live in Atlantic City; normal is trashy.” The kids are written broadly as anti-social nerdlingers who are seen more as weird than as caring or mature beyond their years. There are light mentions of how Kay was Mike’s bully when they were both in school, and the two of them had opposite reputations during their high school years, making them an unlikely couple in adulthood, but all they can talk about is smoking weed. And then there’s a solution to the conflict, that Kay can’t even get her simple family day on the boardwalk, that’s at once too pat and hard to explain given the timeframe in which the story occurs.
It feels like it was written in a “Sitcom 101” class instead of by someone who is capable of sophisticated, character-driven humor. Zimmet has introduced a lot of details about this family that could pay off down the line, but Outmatched is certainly off to a rough start.
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