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TV Series Review

Change. Most of us don't like it very much, and those of us who say we do are big, fat liars.

Oh, sure, we'll change our sheets or change our oil. But change ourselves? Man, even when we know we have to change—even when we know we want to change—it's awfully hard to do. Even when change is foisted upon us.

Kevin Gable is in a season of change. A few years ago, he was a New York police officer with a beautiful wife and three nifty kids. Now—well, he still has the kids, and a new son-in-law to boot. But he turned in his badge and is now the head of a fledgling security company, doing his best to grow his business. He's a widower, too—who tragically (and controversially) lost his wife between Seasons One and Two of this CBS sitcom.

Now, Kevin's a suddenly single dad dealing with three headstrong kids (and that son-in-law) at home, then zipping off to his security firm where he must work alongside Vanessa Celluci—his one-time archnemesis on the police force.

Yep, change is hard, no question. But here's the real question: Is it funny?

King of Greens

Actor/comedian Kevin James helped make CBS scads of cash when he helmed the long-running sitcom The King of Queens (1998-2007), where he played an amiable UPS guy alongside Leah Remini, his sitcom wife.

A lot has changed in the decade since the King abdicated his CBS throne. Forget mere dozens of channel choices: Today's viewers have hundreds. Old-school episodic television has made way for limited-run serials that reward obsessive viewing. Netflix and other streaming agencies have upended what the word television even means. Light, airy sitcoms like The King of Queens are as rare as unicorns on the plains of the Serengeti these days.

So what does Kevin Can Wait look like? Well, a lot like The King of Queens.

Not only is James back, but so is Remini, as of Season Two. The show also spurns the one-camera setup so favored by modern sitcoms (see: Modern Family or The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) in favor of a positively retro two-camera comedy, complete with laugh track. It airs on CBS—not only a broadcast network, but the most traditional one of the bunch. Hey, even the jokes feel a little old. Kevin Can Wait is so much a relic of an earlier time that you almost expect the Smithsonian to sweep in any moment, pick it up and store the show in one of its historical warehouses.

Yes, Kevin Gable may be in the midst of some heavy-duty change, but the show in which he appears is as rooted in tradition as my Aunt Edna's apple pie.

Oh, and it's just about as tasty, too.

Can't Wait for Kevin

Sure, Kevin Can Wait can feel staid. But star Kevin James is an awfully likeable actor, and that makes the show pretty watchable, too.

Moreover, Kevin Can Wait is fairly family friendly. Remarkably so, especially for our jaded, content-tolerant times. It's rare even for a relatively "family friendly" sitcom not to trot out a handful of double entendres these days. But in a recent episode of Kevin Can Wait, I didn't hear a single naughty allusion. Truly a Christmas miracle.

Admittedly, it ain't perfect. Despite Kevin's business being led by seasoned police officers, they seem to skirt the law in any city, town or municipality not located in Sitcomdia. But despite these and other missteps, this show feels like it's really trying to mind its manners. When a CBS sitcom is cleaner than, say, a certain program on the Disney channel—and by a significant margin—it's worth noting. Praising, even.

I hate to praise shows unreservedly, quite frankly. I don't have time to watch every episode, so sometimes these sitcoms can take a left turn at Albuquerque. That can leave you (the prospective viewer) in an uncomfortable position and leave me (the intrepid reviewer) with egg all over my face. Still, from what I can see so far, Kevin Can Wait may be the kind of show some of us have been waiting for. And that makes for a change to the current television environment I can get behind.

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Episode Reviews

Kevin Can Wait: April 30, 2018 "Brew Haha”
Kevin Can Wait: April 16, 2018 "Phat Monkey”
Kevin Can Wait: Nov. 27, 2017 "Kevin Moves Metal"



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Kevin James as Kevin Gable; Taylor Spreitler as Kendra Gable; Ryan Cartwright as Chale Witt; Gary Valentine as Kyle Gable; Leonard Earl Howze as Tyrone 'Goody' Goodman; James DiGiacomo as Jack Gable; Mary-Charles Jones as Sara Gable; Erinn Hayes as Donna Gable; Lenny Venito as Duffy; Christopher Brian Roach as Mott; Leah Remini as Vanessa Cellucci






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