'The Crazy Ones' review: Surrounding Robin Williams with strong actors makes for a balanced comedy
While CBS' new sitcom "The Crazy Ones" has been touted as the Robin Williams show ever since its pickup was announced, surrounding the comedian with a strong ensemble makes for a balanced show.
Sure, Williams signature brand of comedy and big personality dominate the show, but with an ensemble of Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk and Hamish Linklater, it's less one-note than expected. Everyone feeds off of Williams' fast-paced, high-energy delivery, though it does take a bit for everyone to catch up to him in the pilot. Hopefully, that will even out as everyone finds their footing in later episodes, but for now, Williams gets the spotlight as his riffs and improv are given free reign. He plays goofy-yet-brilliant Simon Roberts, who runs a big ad agency he hopes to pass off to his daughter, Sydney (Gellar).
As for the ensemble, it's no fluke critics have been singing Wolk's praises. His charm and leading man good looks are the perfect mixture to incite new obsessions from fans. Watching him sing a raunchy song with guest star Kelly Clarkson is a must-see.
And as for Williams' onscreen daughter, Gellar takes her "straight man" part and runs with it, making sure to still play off of her dad's antics while seeming to be the normal one. It's always fun to see Gellar playing a lighter, fun role, and her relationship with her father is an interesting one, both in the workplace and as a father/daughter.
The show swings from bizarrely hilarious to sweet and sentimental often, which can be jarring at times but hopefully in later episodes the show won't try so hard to prove that it can show both sides of the coin. Moderation is key.
"The Crazy Ones" premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.