Up All Night Hits Pretty Close to Home

by Ginger on September 16, 2011

in Entertain Me, Mom Thoughts, Working Mom

A couple of nights ago, I caught the pilot of Up All Night, the new Will Arnett & Christina Applegate comedy. I’d caught a few of the promos about it, and had read a few reviews and was intrigued. If you didn’t catch it, here’s a little bit about the show:

Christina Applegate stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the cliches of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris. As Reagan and Chris figure out their new life, self-doubt, sleep deprivation and the pressure of today’s parenting protocols rattle their confidence.

Uhhhh, yeah, I *MIGHT* identify with parts of this show? (except that life of the party thing. But you know, you can’t have everything!)

So N.C. and I checked it out with equal parts trepidation and interest. If it hit the right notes, it would be interesting to see a comedy about a situation that mirrors ours so closely. But, it is a sitcom, so my fear was that they would make Will Arnett a complete moron–like most sitcom dads (and one of my major pet peeves. Not all dads are completely brainless)–and Christina Applegate the traditional sitcom nagging mom. But if they could stay away from that, it could be funny to see another take on modern parenthood on the smaller screen.

Anyway, we checked it out, and I have to say, it was one of the funniest and most uncomfortable 1/2 hours of tv in a LONG time. There were moments where I laughed so hard I was crying…and that would quickly be followed by a moment that almost had me *actually* crying, reliving the struggles of the early days of parenting..  They got a lot RIGHT about parenthood in the pilot, that alone would give me hope for the show.

But it was in the relationship between the working mom and the stay at home dad that it really hit close to home. First up, they didn’t make Will Arnett a total moron. Minus one weird scene in the grocery store involving cheese, he actually seemed like a…real guy. Who wasn’t a moron. But the real key for me was in the moments where Reagan and Chris faced the realities of WOHM/SAHD. I have to admit, there were a few moments in the show that were uncomfortable close–moments where N.C. and I kind of glanced at each other sheepishly, because we’ve had that exact same conversation/fight/struggle.

The show wasn’t perfect, by any means. Maya Rudolf as Reagan’s boss is a little too much for me, for one. I hope they dial back her cartoon character a bit. And I do think they’ve left the door open for going down the “Mom is totally on it & Dad always needs help” road (seriously, the cheese scene?). But as of right now, if it stays as strong as the pilot, I may have my new favorite sitcom.

Cuz what’s funnier than seeing your life on the small screen (but prettier and with better clothes)?

Maria September 17, 2011 at 6:04 am

Can’t wait to totally catch this! I wonder if watching this before we actually try to start having kids will in anyway help us to prepare/overcome/completely bulldoze through all the struggles that new-parents, who haven’t watched the show, have to deal with.

Will be interesting to see…

Maria xx

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