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Jul 25, 2012Baby Daddy is a painfully shallow bit of TV, rarely funny and the characters themselves are horrid 2D caricatures of what a visiting alien would assume is typical American culture -- if all he observed was a hodgepodge of other horrible American sitcoms. The show's premise is weak and to the cynical observer appears to be nothing more than a shallow ploy to capitalize on the "Teen Mom'Baby Daddy is a painfully shallow bit of TV, rarely funny and the characters themselves are horrid 2D caricatures of what a visiting alien would assume is typical American culture -- if all he observed was a hodgepodge of other horrible American sitcoms. The show's premise is weak and to the cynical observer appears to be nothing more than a shallow ploy to capitalize on the "Teen Mom' trend on MTV. To give you some understanding of how awful and predictable this show will be, it starts with a baby being left in a basket on the deadbeat father's doorstep. Seriously.
The fact that the producers haven't heard of the term "child abandonment", the premise of the show is weak and does more to harm the sitcom than it does to help. The main character is rendered almost totally unlikable because of this, a few episodes in and it's fairly obvious he's a terrible father despite the continued insistence of the show that he's not. More to the point the logic of the show leaves open the possibility that he has other illegitimate children, a fact that is lamp-shaded several times. This bit of self-awareness would do the show credit, were it not for the fact that "Ben" is an unrepentant p***y hound not above exploiting his daughter to help him get laid. It speaks to a certain assumption to the primary demographic of the show, teenage girls, that twenty-something males are all sleazebags who can be counted on to think only with their members.
Getting on to cast, and I'm not even going to bother discussing the horrid acting, it's as singularly weak as the premise. The actor portraying Ben, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, is a virtual unknown whose most notable appearance in TV or film prior to Baby Daddy was an appearance of Supernatural in 2008. Chelsea Kane, who plays obvious future romantic interest Riley Perrin, is likewise a virtual unknown. Prior to her role in Baby Daddy she primarily drifted around Disney projects. It should shock no one that the character of RIley is being set-up as the static, disposable love-interest whose sole plot-point is to "redeem" wanton womanizer Ben.
This continues on for sometime, until we get to what I hoped would be a redeeming moment for the show in Melissa Peterson, better known for her role as Barbara-Jean on former WB hit Reba. While I never considered Reba a particularly good show it was redeemed through the character Barbara-Jean who remained consistently funny unlike the other predictable character of Van Montgomery (played by Steve Howey) and better known by me as "the stupid-jock". You can imagine my frustration when that glimmer of hope was snuffed out. I wouldn't expect, nor want, Melissa Peterman to play Barbara-Jean 2,0 but this is a woman who is capable of doing funny but simply doesn't. Thus far everyone in the story is an absolute stereotype, a bland caricature of an actual person, it shouldn't be surprising that Bonnie is as well. Essentially the character of Bonnie is the generic, unreasonable mother who is overly critical of her son. At no point in time does the show make any attempt to demonstrate that Bonnie's criticism of her womanizing son is unreasonable. Vapid love interest Riley actually sticks up for fathering a child with an unknown woman and being so incompetent he attempts to change his daughter's diaper with a pair of tongs and duck-tape. Newsflash Riley, maturity is demonstrated not assumed.
Of course, we can talk about the unfortunate implications of the shows premise. I'll share this from a commenter on another review page, because if you can't say it well steal from someone who can. -- This show is another prime example of the entertainment industry perpetuating negtive and false stereotypes about fathers.
So freaking true, we're no longer living in the era where women are all barefoot and pregnant and the only role of dad is sharing a beer with his kid and beating the crap out of him when the boy becomes a riley teenager and calls the old man out. It's difficult to imagine a show like this will have longevity when fathers actually are doing things like changing diapers, taking kids to the doctor, and even (GASP!) staying home while mommy goes out to earn.
To add insult to injury, potential sources of drama like child custody and legal rights are totally ignored. I can understand the illusive mother being overwhelmed by her status as a single mother, granted by the shows premise she never attempted to reach out to the presumptive father for aid. What I can't understand is why a slacker and womanizer would suddenly accept a responsibility as serious as raising a child. It's out of character, no I'm serious. It doesn't seem like Ben has ever tried in his life why wouldn't he simply chuck the baby off to an adoption agency? Or his grandmother? The only explanation the show seems to give? D'aaawww she's cute and causes women to have sex with me!… Expand
Dec 29, 2016That this show would score in the green (a healthy 6.6 no less - woot! we didn't fail!) probably says more about Americans than the show. Within the first 5 minutes of the joyless, high-school scripted pilot, we're actually treated to a "what could possibly go wrong?" gag with the three bros on one side of the door and the baby on the other. That's the honest to god setup, "life is great!That this show would score in the green (a healthy 6.6 no less - woot! we didn't fail!) probably says more about Americans than the show. Within the first 5 minutes of the joyless, high-school scripted pilot, we're actually treated to a "what could possibly go wrong?" gag with the three bros on one side of the door and the baby on the other. That's the honest to god setup, "life is great! Ding dong. Whaaaa???" Admit it, you can visualize the crazy eyerolls and slo-mo head turn. I just want to punch myself in the soul for even watching this far in. But I was curious in the same way as when I stood in front of the mirror and whispered "Bloody Mary... Bloody Mary... Bloody Mary..."… Expand