A lesson for life... and for TV: You never know until you try. Furthermore, you may think you know, but you really don't, and that's why it's important to try.
At first blush (due in large part to the Hangover like ad campaign for the show) Guys With Kids looks like it will play on the age old stereotype that men/dads are all thumbs when it comes to caring for kids. That stereotype deserves an eye-roll, because it is no longer the 1950's and for the most part, the family unit gets more and more equal opportunity each day. So, I sat down in front of Wednesday night's episode armed with that assumption and ready to cringe.
Cringing was kept to a minimum, save for a couple jokes that fell like a lead balloon (but, who would have known? The laugh track thought it was hysterical!). For the most part, Guys With Kids explores different parenting relationships and the overarching group/neighbor relationship (think Friends with kids).
The cast is strong. Tempestt Bledsoe has grown from her Cosby Show days and plays a wife with 2 older boys and twin infants. Jamie-Lynn Sigler (whom you may remember from her days on The Sopranos or playing herself as Turtle's girlfriend on Entourage) plays one of the other "guys'" wife. As far as the "guys" are concerned, you may remember Anthony Anderson from the teen show Hang Time, or his more mature role in Law & Order, and Jesse Bradford who played a memorable role in the cult hit Bring It On.
All in all, Guys With Kids is worth a watch. While the critics have panned it, NBC ordered 5 more episodes of the comedy which is written and created in part by Jimmy Fallon. You may be surprised if you watch it, but that may not be enough to keep it afloat, so don't blink, or you may miss it!