Hank Stuever
Hank Stuever
Critic

‘Go On’ Review: Awkward group hugs

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Hank Stuever

Hank Stuever is The Washington Post’s TV critic and author of two books, “Tinsel” and “Off Ramp.”

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Matthew Perry’s new comedy, in which he plays a man who joins a grief support group, got a whole helium tank of hype during the Olympics in August — and some inflated ratings to match — but the initial episode was, you know, just okay. After a wandering period, Perry seems older yet sharper and more at home in this role as Ryan King, a hotheaded sports-radio host whose wife died in a car crash while attempting to text him a reminder to pick up coffee at the store.

The dark humor here isn’t terribly dark — and occasionally just cloudy gray. The show’s fate hinges on mining Ryan’s fellow group grievers for comedy. I realize NBC wants “broader” comedies that get away from the rarified weirdness of “Community” and “30 Rock,” but they’re going to have to ramp up the oddness for “Go On” to go anywhere.

Grade: B-

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