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1600 Penn's First Episode: Watch It Here
I wasn’t sure what I expected out of NBC’s new comedy, 1600 Penn, but I sat through half of last night’s episode of The Voice just to watch it, so at least that’s something. What I found was a comedy that is subtly smart, even within its most outrageous characters, and extremely charming, to boot. There may be too many kids in the package, but in NBC’s first episode of the series, the multitudes of White House children bothered me less than I expected. Now, if you’re willing to give the series a shot, NBC has the whole thing available online for potential fans.
The video is available on NBC’s site, but you can also check it out above. Once you click, you will be immersed into the world of the Gilchrists, an unconventional family living under extraordinary circumstances. Heading up the family is President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman), who just wants to focus on foreign affairs, and his wife, Emily Nash-Gilchrist (Jenna Elfman), the stepmom to his four children. Which brings us to the kids, including the delinquent Skip (Josh Gad) and the perfect Becca (Martha MacIsaac), but it is the latter child who is going through a bit of a predicament. Additionally, the family has two other, younger children who viewers haven’t seen too much of, yet.
This dysfunctional family unit hits most of the right notes and plenty of perfect crises. The set-up of the return of the bumbling son is perfect for Gad, whose character wreaks inadvertent havoc wherever he goes. In the first episode, Gad and his relationship with his leader of the free world father takes a prominent role, but we’ll see if the series manages to expand as it moves forward. Just don’t call it NBC’s take on Modern Family. It’s a totally different ballgame.
If you aren't feeling like watching some video, you can check out Kelly's take on the new show.
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