Angie Tribeca is a comedy in a vividly pronounced slapstick style. It is a police procedural parody following advantures of Angie Tribeca (played by Rashida Jones) and her partner Jay Geils (played by Hayes MacArthur).
One of the defining techniques of the show is literal perception of metaphors. Combined with all the mocking (of procedurals, first and foremost), it creates the humor stuffing – sketches and storylines that are intended to be funny, but barely suffice to be amusing (and sometimes not even that). Normally, that would’ve been a reason enough for me to dismiss the show completely, but this case is different.
First of all, there’s more to the humor part: the writers, thankfully, do not limit themselves to the aforementioned basic devices; there are many other techniques in use, including wordplay, cinema and TV show parodies, genre stylizations, living background, etc., and also, there is a number of very curious, inventive original ideas (like the screaming, for example), all of which makes the show quite funny after all, although it is true that the level of funny-ness grows gradually, with couple of first episodes being almost empty in that respect.
Second, the overall level of implementation – the camera, the lighting, the postrpoduction – is quite high, which not only creates a great impression on the audience, but also frees the cast and the executive producers from worrying about money (if present, such worry inevitably affixes a stamp on the whole thing), and concentrate on doing a good job instead.
Third, the cast is rather amazing, and not just the guest characters (of whom there are plenty), but the central ones, too, – interestingly enough, they do not seem like default heroes, which is often the case, but evoke interest all by themselves. It is also quite obvious, that all the actors engaged in the production enjoy the process big time.
So, even with the barely entertaining stuffing accounted for, all this sums up into a pretty great show. Second season has been released already, and there is at least one more on the way. Stay tuned.
Created by: Steve Carell and Nancy Carell
Directed by: Steve Carell, Michael Patrick Jann, Martha Coolidge, Peter Segal, Steve Pink, Matt Sohn, Richie Keen, Jon Poll, Ira Ungerleider
Written by: Steve Carell, Nancy Walls Carell, Jeff Astrof, Alex Jenkins Reid, Ira Ungerleider, Jason Belleville, Ryan Walls, Ava Tramer, Marisa Pinson
Performed by: Rashida Jones, Hayes MacArthur, Jere Burns, Deon Cole, Andrée Vermeulen, Jagger, Alfred Molina, Andreas Wigand, Dillon Paigen, Heather Graham, Matthew Glave, Nancy Carell, Lisa Kudrow, Gary Cole, Adam Scott, James Franco, Gillian Vigman, Sarah Chalke, Jeff Dunham, John Michael Higgins, David Koechner, Amy Smart, Keegan-Michael Key, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Bill Murray, Cecily Strong, Laura Bell Bundy, Gene Simmons, Danny Trejo, John Gemberling, Ryan Hansen
Time: 10 * 19-21m
Entertaining quality: 5- out of 5
Art quality: 5- out of 5
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