Hank Stuever
Hank Stuever
Critic

‘Guys with Kids’: The old normal

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m., NBC

Hank Stuever

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

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It’s precisely what the title says, just new iterations of the same spit-up and teething jokes. I still don’t understand how comedies about baby hassles count as quality TV time for people seeking a diversion from everyday life, but something about married men with cute babies strapped to their chests continues to get network executive juices flowing.

“Guys With Kids,” executive produced by Jimmy Fallon, introduces us to the travails of three buddies, all living in real estate most of us couldn’t afford, in this case its a condo tower in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood.

Jesse Bradford plays attorney Chris, newly divorced and sharing custody of his baby. On another floor, Nick (Zach Cregger) co-parents another adorable infant with his wife (Jamie-Lynn Sigler). And on some other floor, and fully prepared to lift the entire enterprise out of sitcom hell, are Gary (Anthony Anderson) and Marny (Tempestt Bledsoe), a squabbling couple with twins plus two older boys. In their brief, cacophonous scene together in the pilot, Anderson and Bledsoe are a delight. The rest of the gang, including the other babies, should just get out of their way. Then we’d magically have that thing no major network seems capable of ordering: A funny comedy about black people.

Grade: C

Next: “Beauty and the Beast”

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