Though the fall season is in full swing, there’s still one new comedy that needs to premiere. “The McCarthys” joins the returning “Mom” and “Two and a Half Men” in CBS’ Thursday night lineup, though perhaps it should have stayed away.
Revolving around a working-class family in Boston, loaded with comically fake accents, “The McCarthys” follows a gay son who is hired by his dad to help coach a high school basketball team. Did he hire him because the son is good at basketball? No, he’s actually terrible at basketball. Instead, he did it because the star player’s mom is a lesbian.
It’s possible that in the right hands, a story with that premise could yield a few laughs, or at least be somewhat entertaining. Unfortunately, that’s just not what happens here. Instead you get a family constantly shocked their son is still gay and a string of unfunny jokes.
The only bright light in the whole affair is the family’s matriarch, played by Laurie Metcalf. As a veteran of “Roseanne,” Metcalf definitely knows her way around a punchline. In the case of “The McCarthys,” it’s her character’s borderline obsession with Kyra Sedgwick and anger that “The Closer” is no longer on TV.
While the running joke plays well in the pilot, there’s no telling how it’ll work long-term. At the very least, Sedgwick should be honored her show is being fondly remembered. If only it was happening on a better show.
At the end of the day, “The McCarthys” feels like an incredibly dated concept done incorrectly. If it’s not the worst new comedy of the fall, it’s certainly giving the others a run for their money. Watch out, “Mulaney.” You’ve got company.
“The McCarthys” premieres Thursday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.