Lionsgate // 2003 // 625 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 3rd, 2011
Comedy begins at home.
Well, it depends on how you describe "comedy."
If you're talking about a show that would be described as a comedy in a TV Guide listing, then yes, According to Jim qualified. But anything aside from a categorical tag, like using it as a noun describing the potential presence of laughter and mirth, then you are out of luck. This show is terrible.
Having not seen it prior to this review, I was certainly aware of the negative critical reception, but I was intent on maintaining an open mind. The show doesn't sound awful: a traditional family sitcom, featuring a loving, stable married couple, some precocious kids, innocuous subject matter and smoking hot Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
This illusion didn't take long to dissipate as just a few minutes into the first episode I had a good sense of what I was in for: a laugh-starved, watered-down TBS original comedy, which, if you've ever been subjected to a TBS original comedy, you know that this is a dire warning of what awaits with Jim.
It's just not funny. The writing is lobotomized and the plots that hold the waify together jokes are moronic. Jim cheats at Bingo and wins a waterbed! Jim buys a stainless steel toilet! Jim is worried that his son might not like sports! Jim doesn't want to pay the grocery store delivery boy $7! Worse: the live studio audience is way into the mediocrity, exploding on command in applause and riotous laughter, a massive over-reaction to the limp gag that prompted it. The juxtaposition of the audience giddiness and the half-baked on-screen product is jarring and only added to my annoyance.
There's nothing for me to add. You'll get four discs and 625 minutes worth of this unimpressive sitcom engineering, and no amount of toilet humor or nuclear family harmonizing can save According to Jim from its rightful place in the dustbin of network comedies.
Episodes receive nice 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers and 5.1 surround mixes (so you can enjoy the over-excited audience response in multiple dimensions) and a pair of featurettes, one looking at Season 3 and the other focused on the live studio audience.
Guilty. Bring in DCYF.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
* English (CC)
Running Time: 625 Minutes
Release Year: 2003
MPAA Rating: Not Rated