a few very lean years, TV sitcoms are in the midst of a major
resurgence. And what’s interesting about this comeback is that these
shows are far from the comedies you’ve come to expect. The latest
addition to this trend is the ABC show “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23.“
The basic storyline reads a lot like “The Odd Couple,” “Perfect Strangers,” “New Girl” or
any mismatched roommate show. But that’s where the similarities end.
The show offers dark, absurdest comedy that’s refreshing, different,
weird and totally worth watching.
Chloe (Krysten Ritter)
is a hard-partying, likely sex-addicted, con artist. Her basic plan to
make a living is to get a roommate, overcharge them on rent, drive them
crazy and make them want to leave. She then pockets the security deposit
and starts the cycle all over again. This plan works out great until
she meets her match in June (Dreama Walker).
is a recent MBA who moves to New York only to find out that the company
she’s to work for is getting shut down by the Feds. Jobless and
homeless (thanks to her corporate housing being seized too), June begins
a desperate apartment search. This leads her right to Chloe.
does everything she can to send June over the edge and out the door, but
it doesn’t work out exactly as planned. June is resilient and even
pulls a little stunt of her own to prove she’s not the pushover she seems to be. Things do get especially hairy when June’s fiance, Steven (Tate
Ellington), comes in from out of town for a visit.
Adding a little more oddity to the show is the voyeur/peeping tom neighbor (Michael Blaiklock) and Chloe’s former roommate Robin (Liza Lapira). But the coup de gr�ce of strange is James Van Der Beek in his role as Chloe’s best friend…James Van Der Beek. His role is similar to Neil Patrick Harris’ in the “Harold and Kumar” series in that he’s a parody of himself. The trick with this is ultimately he’ll have to become more than just a
one-note joke. But we’re confident that producers are well aware of
“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23” offers a new take on an
old formula and it succeeds. It’s weird, well cast and, most
importantly, funny. Trust us.
The ABC show debuts on Wednesday (April 11) at 9:30 p.m. ET.