Why the B---- in Apartment 23 Surprised Me - Renee

I’ve heard a lot of hype about the new series, Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. I didn’t believe any of it. I had the endless commercials shoved in my face and saw the Entertainment Weekly feature. I couldn’t have cared less. To me, it seemed like a failure from the start, a desperate grab at bringing in the young adult demographic. Perhaps, even an alternate version of Two Broke Girls to counter CBS’s success. I had no interest in even giving it a chance. But, due to its strategic placement after Modern Family and the fact that I’m feeling lazy tonight and don’t want to get off the couch, I ended up watching the entire series premiere episode.

And the Bitch surprised me.

I found myself laughing out loud throughout the entire show. I appreciated it. It seemed real, and it was on my level at a natural comedic pace (with NO laugh track - ahem, CBS). I found myself immediately involved in these characters and their somewhat typical story lines, from the opening sex scene played out to Sleigh Bells. I want to know more. I want to know exactly how bitchy Chloe (Krysten Ritter) can get and how low she will go with her “morals of a pirate.” This has the potential to be a real breakout role for Ritter. I want to see June (Dreama Walker) develop herself and learn how to run the big city. I want to see these frenemies grow together. But most importantly, I want them to make me laugh more.

And can we talk about James Van Der Beek? I was the most apprehensive about him, especially because he plays “himself” in this show. And seriously, where has he been since Dawson’s Creek? Varsity Blues? (Both of which get funny shout outs in the pilot episode, by the way). Well, my apprehension was totally unwarranted. I loved him in the pilot! I love how the bitch describes that they weren’t compatible genitally so now they are just friends (“try fitting a cucumber in a coin purse!”). That he’s her gay BFF but straight. And he’s just so funny. His Vietnamese commercial at the end of the episode really sealed the deal for me. I want to see more!

Safe to say, this show has made my DVR list. I hope it carries the energy from the pilot into the rest of the season. To The Bitch - may the writing be good, the jokes be fruitful, the comedic timing be hilarious, and the actors be fresh.

Renee is a Red Room Podcast Correspondent.

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