We’re counting down the Top 10 Comedies of 2011. Each selection will be revealed on Hulu’s homepage every day of this week. Selections 10-6 can be viewed here.
5 – Up All Night
Up All Night is what happens when the ’90s teen grows up. The Gen-Xers that partied to the Spin Doctors and wore hoop earrings are moms and dads now. Although NBC’s new sitcom is only halfway through its first season, it’s already captured the cluelessness and frustrations of becoming thirty-something parents with nostalgic soul and jocular fun, especially zoning into that “new parent” struggle between accepting domestication and desperately maintaining your cool self-identity.
While Up All Night is sometimes a victim of predictable warm and fuzzy moments, Arnett and Applegate have more than enough pluck and humor to make them easy to digest. Applegate’s portrayal of the 14-hour-workday mom is refreshing: She’s a hip and successful woman who still finds time to attend baby/parenting classes and jam at a Bangles cover band gig with her bestie, Ava (Maya Rudolph). And admittedly, it’s weird to see Arnett in possibly the most straight man role he’s ever played, but “the lovable doofus dad” fits him well.
In fact, Together they make growing up seem less scary. Sure, “up all night” for them no longer means drinking Zima and throwing up in a friend’s bathroom as it did twenty years ago. Evolving into a life of marriage and parenthood has meant a newfound predilection for soft rock, sleeping at 8pm and trading in the hot convertible for a lame, boring (but safer) minivan for baby Amy. But, as Chris and Reagan show us, they can still rock out to the Beastie Boys in a minivan. (And why not? Even the Beastie Boys have kids now.)