“I Hate My Teenage Daughter”
By Paul Kalis
The new comedy follows two mothers, Annie Watson (Jaime Pressly), who grew up in a conservative household, and Nikki Miller (Katie Finneran), who grew up unpopular and overweight, as they realize that their daughters, Sophie Watson (Kristi Lauren) and Mackenzie Miller (Aisha Dee), are becoming more like the girls that picked on them when they were in high school. Annie’s ex, the clueless Matt (Eric Sheffer Stevens), needs his brother Jack (Kevin Rahm) to help sort out his mixed up family. Nikki’s ex, Gary (Chad Coleman), further complicates the parenting process.
It’s great to see another traditional, multi-camera sitcom hit the airwaves. Although some of the lines delivered by the leading ladies are corny, they add to the comedy and charm that this show has to offer. What did not make sense was that both couples are divorced, and they still hang around in each other’s homes. I like how their situation was explained several times throughout the pilot, so the viewer could get an understanding of these characters and where they come from. This type of relationship opens up new several new windows of comedy. In a couple of instances, I had to rewind my DVR because it was just too funny. It never got old. To quote Gary, “Good Lord, woman; you’re covered in pie!”
I Hate My Teenage Daughter airs on FOX on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.