NBC (Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Conveniently located between Friends and Frasier, this new sitcom needn’t be great to be successful. Lucky thing. Christina Applegate, who spent 11 years as sexy airhead Kelly Bundy on Married…with Children, here plays the more rounded part of Jesse Warner, a pretty, reasonably intelligent woman in her 20s. Her only obvious flaw is a preoccupation with her marital and parental status. First she told her handsome new neighbor (Bruno Campos) that she couldn’t go out with him because she was too busy being a single mother. When she finally did date him, she couldn’t help blabbing about her 10-year-old son (Eric Lloyd). Predictably, the guy was turned off. Jesse desperately needs to relax; otherwise, she’s normal—so normal that the supporting cast must bear much of the comedy load. And therein lies a problem. Jesse’s father (George Dzundza) is less a character than a bundle of prejudices. Her older brother (John Lehr) refuses to speak for no good reason. How often can he answer the phone with silence and expect us to laugh? Her ne’er-do-well younger sibling (David DeLuise) had better be full of funny schemes.
Bottom Line: Call this middling sitcom Unmarried…with Child