‘Go On’ Review: Awkward group hugs

TV critic September 13, 2012

Airs Tuesdays, 9 p.m., NBC

Hank Stuever has been The Post's TV critic since 2009. He joined the paper in 1999 as a writer for the Style section, where he has covered an array of popular (and unpopular) culture across the nation. View Archive

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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