ABC (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Many people are touting this sitcom as the season’s one potential breakout hit. Don’t count me among the chuckling converts.
The sitcom stars comic Brett Butler as a woman who has recently dissolved an abusive marriage and is now struggling to raise three kids on her own. Unfortunately, the workplace humor (she has a refinery job) is weak, the supporting cast less than impressive and Butler’s character is inconsistently drawn. Also I’m beginning to think the show used its best material in the pilot.
On the plus side, the show does capture the harried life of a single working mom effectively. It also lakes a frank approach to adult sexuality. And Butler, though a tyro, has an appealing natural quality.
On balance it’s a good, fun show. But it’s not a true standout.