TBS is about to get ingeniously dumber come Monday (April 10), thanks to the Season 3 premiere of its hit comedy “Angie Tribeca.”
A spoof on the one-hour police procedural, crammed into a 30-minute comedy, the show follows its titular lead (Rashida Jones), a 10-year veteran of the LAPD’s RHCU (Ridiculously Heinous Crimes Unit), and her partner Jay Geils (Hayes MacArthur) as they try to clean up the streets of Los Angeles by solving some pretty
ridiculous heinous crimes.
Created by Nancy and Steve Carell, the premise of the series is a simple one: Take the structure of cop show, layer in just enough of a plot that something actually happens in each 30-minute episode, and then cram it full of the most obvious and asinine jokes that, when delivered rapid-fire by a perfectly straight-faced and brilliantly paired cast, actually comes out as a cleverly woven satire that is a pleasure to watch.
The series also has a solid track record with guest stars, including Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott, Keegan-Michael Key, Maya Rudolph, James Franco, and Bill Murray. (Any show that has the guts to enlist someone like Jon Hamm to deliver a 3-line joke and then disappear is tops in our book.) In the promo for Season 3 we see Chris Pine step into a “Hannibal Lecter” type character who will no doubt strike up a “quid pro quo” deal with Tribeca; and Natalie Portman (Yes, the Oscar winner/three-time nominee Natalie Portman) is set to appear as a NASA scientist who looks and acts like a 60’s housewife.
But of all the slapstick and prop comedy the show throws at the audience, our personal favorites are the moments with the scene-stealing Detective Hoffman, the stoic and handsome German Shepherd who drives a mean Crown Victoria.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed Hoffman gets a promotion to Captain this season.
The season 3 premiere of “Angie Tribeca” airs Monday, Apr. 10 at 10:30p.m. ET/PT on TBS. Seasons 1-2 are available to stream on Hulu.