Saturday, November 19, 2011

Why I’m liking “Reed Between the Lines”

(I'm saying "like" rather than "love" because, while I'm excited about the premise, this is not the best writing I've ever seen. And sometimes the chemistry is weird. But I think that it could be really good if given some time.)

  • The allusions to “The Cosby Show”—their parenting riffs off of the ways in which the Huxtables demonstrated lessons with elaborate skits and loving logic. Keenan has had a number of Theo-like moments when he’s scheming, and doesn’t want to stress himself with school, and thinks all the girls want him.
  • The ways they ramp up the old school—Carla and Alex Reed are as affectionate as Cliff and Claire Huxtable, but they are kinkier. There’s lot of role playing and more than just affection. They clearly have sex. ! And their family offers our best wishes for a blended family. The older twins call their stepfather “Dad” and their biological father “Pops”. And Alex is a loving and professional father, but he’s also a homeschooling dad.
  • The reinvention of actors and actresses who we’ve known and loved—obviously Tracee Ellis Ross from “Girlfriends” and Malcolm Jamal Warner from “The Cosby Show”. But there’s also Anna Maria Horsford from “Amen” and Melissa DeSousa from “The Best Man”.
  • And, of course, there’s that sexy, cool, English professor thing!

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