Since the premiere episode aired during the Olympics this summer, Go On has drawn a lot of comparisons to another NBC show with a lead who has a traumatic life event throw him amongst a group of wacky supporting players. While Matthew Perry’s new show shared some similarities with the exiled-to-Fridays Community, I saw Go On as a mostly separate entity operating on a different plane of comedy (not a better one, just different). Through two episodes, I wasn’t really buying into the Community-lite comparisons. After the third episode, it’s a lot tougher to make that argument.
For the record, the previous paragraph was not a complaint. It was just startling to see how closely this week’s episode mirrored a typical early episode of Community. However, unlike Community, Go On makes earnest stabs at bringing some real pathos into their episodes as opposed to descending into abject weirdness. I could see people thinking the 1:23 AM thing was a little goofy, but don’t we all have weird things that we
tolerate enjoy about our significant others? In addition, 1:23 AM allowed the show to strike a better balance with the group members. Whereas last week focused primarily on two members of the group, this week was truly a group effort. Most everyone added something to the proceedings, with even my man Owen getting in a few fun shots along the way.
While the show does a lot of things well, it still seems unsure about what to do with the coworkers. The therapy group is definitely the core of the show, but if they insist on using the coworkers every episode, then they need to figure out what John Cho’s role is going to be. He’s a talented comedic actor (See: Harold and Kumar), but he seems as unsure as his character is right now. When he gets compared to the work done by Allison Miller as Ryan King’s assistant, he gets outshone everytime.
There continues to be room for growth on Go On. It definitely makes me laugh more than most of the shows on television right now, but there are still rough edges to be smoothed out. Once they evaluate the early returns on this first batch of episodes, the creative team should be able to get this show to a higher level by the end of its freshman season.
What did you think of tonight’s Go On?