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$#*! My Dad Says: The $#*!tiest Show We've Seen This Season

First off, the title of this show and the stupid, sanitized way they have to spell it in order to get it on the air aggravates me to no end. Not to mention that my spell check just hates it. Additionally, even the commercials can't say the name of this show. If you can't use the title in polite conversation, then this is not the title of a show that should be aired on network television. Either change it to "Stuff," or don't make the show at all. Maybe the latter one would have been a wise decision.

The show, which is loosely based on the twitter account @shitmydadsays, is such a cleaned-up and watered-down version of what's on the internet that all that's left is a lot of gay jokes that fall flat and some scatological "humor." The fact that the show is based on 140-character profanity-filled thoughts should have been a big red light to the powers that be who thought that greenlighting this project was a good idea.

I have now watched the original pilot and the new pilot that made it to air, and I can't say that I laughed one single time. The only remotely entertaining thing that this show had to offer either time was having the son mimic William Shatner's infamous speech pattern and then having Shatner comment on how no one can do a good impression of him. And that didn't make me laugh, I just thought it showed a spark of humor somewhere in the writer's room. Too bad that was the only glimmer of hope in the entire episode.

The plot is standard sitcom fare; son loses job and moves home to live with dad, father makes disparaging comments about his son's lack of employment, and the father is just general cranky about life. I've seen it a million times before. And usually executed in far better fashion. The only difference is that there are now Eat Pray Love jokes thrown into the mix, and those feel completely stale a few months after that movie came out.

For his part, Shatner is fine in the role, but it's beneath even him. Priceline commercials are more entertaining. And if I hadn't been aware that they changed out the son, I would have never known. The actors were both so generic and lacked personality so much that they are completely interchangable. And one of the better things about the original version -- that Nicole Sullivan's character was selfish and trying to make a real estate sale by getting her father-in-law to move out of his beloved home -- is now gone in this version. Yes, they've made a show that by all rights should actually be a bit mean and made it nicer. Why?

I sincerely hope that the kind folks at CBS realize after one episode what a larger error that they made in letting this show get made and decide that it should be the first casualty of the fall season, but with my luck, people who have never heard of Twitter will watch this and think that this unoriginal dreck is amusing, and it will be the biggest comedy to ever air on television in the history of the world. But I'm seriously praying for it to go the way of Cavemen and disappear into the annals of TV history, only to be brought up when looking for examples of how not to make a television show.

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