A to Z Pilot Review

A to Z was one of my more anticipated shows to premiere this fall, in fact it was my second most anticipated after Gotham. I thought it would have the sweet rom-com elements that How I Met Your Mother had, and would be a funnier dramedy than Go On while still having good drama.

So how was the show? It was alright.

Let’s start off with the cast. Ben Feldman plays the main guy in this show, Andrew. You basically see his character’s backstory in the trailer, and I felt like he didn’t have a ton to do that wasn’t already in the trailer. I did like his character though, and I’m interested in seeing more. Then Cristin Milioti from How I Met Your Mother is in the show too as Zelda, who’s backstory is hardly shown at all in the trailer and I really liked. Her character (and Feldman’s too) seems really charming. Then there’s this creepy breaking-the-fourth-wall type of narrator. I’m not saying the narrator is unnecessary, I’m just saying that a narration element would have worked a lot more if it was in text form on the screen. Example: the narrator says something like, “this is Andrew, and this is Zelda. They’ll date for 8 months, 1 week and 4 days,” or something like that. I think it would have been a lot more effective if it was just written on the screen, that would make it more realistic. Also, we know that they’re going for a back-9 renewal, and the characters will break up right in the season finale next May.

Other than the main two, the supporting cast works fine. Each of the two leads has a best friend and each of them are functional without standing out (I liked Andrew’s friend more though).

The real issue I had with the show is the issue I have with LITERALLY every pilot episode of a show nowadays: everything is shown in the trailer. I loved the pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine last year because of the funny jokes the trailer showcased, but also because there were so many good jokes not in the trailer. In this show, most of the jokes were given away in the trailer and you know exactly how the episode will end. So I guess if I have one complaint, it’s that I’d like to see more, which isn’t really a complaint, it means the show has me intrigued.

I feel kinda bad though because the show is airing on Thursday nights at 9:30 on NBC. Had it been given Tuesday’s Voice lead-in that boosted Go On and About a Boy, then it would definitely have time to play out at least more of its story, but I feel like it’s gonna get canned way too soon.

So wrapping up, this is a somewhat cliché show that you’ve seen done before on How I Met Your Mother and other romantic shows, only with some more effective drama thrown in. I really like the cast but wish there was more for me to watch. Will I continue watching it though? You bet.

3/5

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So guys, those are my thoughts on the Pilot episode of the new show A to Z premiering on NBC Thursday October 2nd at 9:30. You can watch the Pilot online now if you want too on Hulu or nbc.com. So have you guys seen the A to Z Pilot? If so, what did you think about? Let me know in the comments down below! (I’m sure I’ll review the first season once it wraps up.) And as always, thanks for reading guys.

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