UP ALL NIGHT “Pilot” Reviews

Up All Night
UP ALL NIGHT “Pilot” Season 1 Episode 1 – Can life ever be the same after the arrival of a baby? The new comedy Up All Night sets out to answer that question. With comedy.

After history’s shortest pregnancy (just the length of the opening credits!), Regan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett) have a newborn daughter, Amy, who is a strong competitor for one of the cutest children on television. Like most new parents, they are equally fascinated by and terrified of the tiny human being they’ve created. And like all new parents, they’ve suddenly realized just how much they curse. They vow to tone it down around the kid.

This never works, by the way. My friend’s daughter was parroting four letter words by the time she hit pre-school, but all good parents at least make an attempt to keep it clean.

We pick up with Regan and Chris when Amy is a couple of months old, apparently weaned and able to hold her head up. It’s time for Regan to return to her job as a producer of a daytime talk show and for Chris to take care of the baby at home. It’s a nice little bit of role reversal that’s often touched upon on TV, but rarely fully explored.

Stay-at-home dads are often played for comedy, but I think in this case, we’re going to see a little bit more than just a hapless father trying to figure out the tabs on a diaper for laughs. Chris gave up a great job at a law firm to raise his daughter while Regan works, and while he may not be Super Dad yet, he certainly isn’t a bumbling idiot, which is refreshing. I also liked that he finds a support group of sorts in another home-bound papa that he meets during an online gaming campaign. I hope that gets explored more.

Meanwhile, Regan is also avoiding a stereotype by not being completely, weepily torn up about leaving her baby at home to go back to work. This a woman who loves her job and knows that while she’s needed in her workplace, it shouldn’t and won’t ever matter more to her than her home. Even though she has a very high maintenance friend/boss in Ava (Maya Rudolph), Regan is able to keep her two worlds in balance, which makes her moments of self-doubt endearing, rather than annoying. Parents always think they’re doing a worse job than they are. If they don’t have any doubts, then they’re not doing it right.

But just as there’s a time and a place to stay at home with your kid, there’s also a time to be a couple, and Regan makes the right choice by going out with Chris to celebrate their anniversary. Are they being irresponsible? Absolutely not. Do they pay for it in the morning? Absolutely, which is realistic and good to see. Just as Ava tells them, life is about choices. You really can’t have it all, but according to Up All Night, that shouldn’t stop you from trying.

Some things, like freaking cute babies, are worth the sacrifice.

What did you think of the episode? Interesting enough to keep you watching? Do you feel the need to cleanse your colon? Let me know below!!