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TV Series Review

Sorry, Scully and Mulder. You don't have a monopoly on investigating freaky unexplained phenomena anymore. Not even on Fox.

The network's most famous FBI agents have frequently chased down aliens, monsters and all manner of supernatural beasties as part of their X-Files protocol (both in the original series and the more recent reboot), often dodging operatives within their own government to do so. But maybe that Cigarette Smoking Man simply wanted to save the taxpayers some money. Turns out, there's already a super-secret agency tasked with uncovering and debunking all manner of creepy, crazy things: the Office of Extra-Scientific Investigation, surrepticiously headquartered in a wire-hanger factory.

But while the truth may be out there, you won't necessarily find it on this half-hour comedy.

I See Funny People

The Office has hired two oddballs as its odd-couple lead investigators. Max Jennifer is the true believer of the pair, and with good reason: The former professor believes his wife was kidnapped by aliens, resulting in a prompt eviction from Stanford for his, er, unorthodox beliefs.

Leroy Wright believes in the supernatural, too. That is, he believes that The CW has a show called Supernatural: He can find proof right in his handy-dandy television guide. But proof of honest-to-goodness supernatural stuff? That fantastical flotsam Max believes in? Leroy's not buying it just yet. It's not as if Leroy hasn't been exposed to plenty of weird happenings: As a former mall cop, he's seen things, man. But those things, for Leroy, don't necessarily suggest demon possession is a real thing or that aliens are body-snatching folks right and left. No offense, Max.

Still, Ava Lafrey, who heads the Office of Extra-Scientific Investigation, believes it's better to be safe than sorry, especially if all these mysterious … things lead to a nefarious entity or agency that could obliterate all of humanity on this world and perhaps all other worlds in the infinite multiverse! Because, really, why should climate change have all the fun?

Trust No One

Like Max and Leroy's intended quarry, Ghosted is a little weird. Part workplace buddy comedy, part X-Files homage and part fever-dream-of-an-11-year-old-sci-fi-fan-who-eats-waaay-too-much-sugary-cereal, this Fox comedy is as frenetic and as hard to pin down as your average leprechaun.

Yes, the episodes can be funny. Comedy is what sitcoms are all about, after all. But most sitcoms also have a general sense of coherency, too—a value that Ghosted places, seemingly, a lower priority on.

Naturally—or, rather, supernaturally—Ghosted dabbles in the occult and all manner of allegedly spiritual phenomena. We see and hear about (potential) spirits and demons and whatnot, and the Office's official seal is surrounded with vaguely occult symbols. And while the show certainly doesn't take any of this stuff seriously, that attitude cuts both ways. Some, for instance, may take offense at a recent show where Max—dressed as the Pope—chases an apparently possessed nun.

That said, Ghosted mostly steers clear of more transgressive content issues. While sex-centric jokes turn up occasionally, they seem to be an exception, rather than a rule. Violence, when present, is played just for laughs. Language is perhaps the show's biggest bugaboo, with Leroy apparently having a special affinity for the word "d--n."

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Episode Reviews

Ghosted: Nov. 12, 2017 "Sam"

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Craig Robinson as Leroy Wright; Adam Scott as Max Jennifer; Ally Walker as Capt. Ava Lafrey; Adeel Akhtar as Barry Shaw; Amber Stevens West as Annie Carver

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Fox

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Paul Asay

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