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Sadcom central


Many of CBS’ new sitcoms are really sadcoms.

They are about sad people with sad lives, only instead of crying, viewers are supposed to laugh at their sorrows.

“We Are Men” (8:30 p.m., Mon.) should be titled “We Are Men Who Are Divorced or Were Left Standing at the Altar and Are Now Full of Regret and Bile.”

In “The Millers” (8:30 p.m., Thu.), Will Arnett plays newly divorced Nathan, who conceals his split from his bickering parents. Of course they find out and are inspired to end their own unhappy union. Manipulative mom moves in with Nathan and trims his toenails while he sleeps. Bumbling dad moves in with Nathan’s sister and puts metal dishes in the microwave. Tragedy ensues.

Saddest of all is “Mom” (9:30 p.m., Mon.). Titular Christy is a single mother of two, a recovering alcoholic and a high school dropout who dreams futilely of becoming a psychologist. Her mother is an alcoholic and a nymphomaniac. Her teen daughter is newly pregnant. Effervescent Anna Faris, above right, as “Mom” and imperious Allison Janney as her mom cannot mitigate the veil of sadness that cloaks this show.

Dear CBS, I’d like to pitch a sitcom: “Sufferin’ with Job.”

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.

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