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TV Series Review

We're all part of God's plan, right? We're supposed to be about His business here on earth, serving as His stickie notes on the refrigerator of the universe.

But if we all have our own special callings, some are apparently called with more vehemence than others.

Kevin Finn seems like an unlikely sort to receive that kind of direct telegram from heaven. In fact, it seems like Kevin's not up for any memoranda from much of anyone. He's a down-on-his-luck loser who, after a suicide attempt, crawls back home to Texas in an effort to rebuild his life. He now shares a roof with his twin sister, Amy, and her surly teen daughter, Reese, and he has no immediate plans of leaving. A calling? Forget it: Kevin's all dial tone.

But the universe has plans for Kevin. Big plans. Either that, or someone seriously messed up in the calling department.

Kevin Can't Wait

ABC's Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is true to its title. This broken bit of man has been tasked by some divine, vaguely Judeo-Christian force to get over himself and fix the planet. How does he know? Why, an angel (or, rather, "celestial being") told him so. She gave up her spot in heaven to help Kevin accept and embrace his destiny as one of humanity's "36 Righteous Souls"— of which 35 have mysteriously gone missing.

Kevin can't quite believe he's one of these elect: He's not righteous, he insists. He's not even particularly good. And frankly, he's got a point. The guy is messed up something serious—and given the fact that Yvette's invisible to all but him, it doesn't help that he often seems to be engaged in animated conversations with himself.

But hey, we're all pretty messed up, too, and God still manages to make some use of us on occasion. Soon—often with a little celestial push—Kevin's engaging with his family, his friends and even total strangers, working to make their lives a wee bit better. He's on a mission with some disturbingly enigmatic goals, but Kevin says, "I think I can figure it out. Probably."

Divine Appointment Television?

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World isn't what you would call, um, theologically accurate. Though the idea of 36 Righteous Souls comes from the Jewish Talmud, don't expect any deep theological treatise from this (or any) network sitcom. We hear talk about God and understand that Yvette's an angelic being, but the theology here is about as deep as a spiritually themed Looney Tunes short.

But while this ABC comedy may not be exactly biblical, it still has some very nice—and in their own bent way, very true—things to tell us.

When Kevin balks at helping Lucile, the grouchy matron of a local diner, Yvette reminds him of his own checkered past. "The worst people sometimes are the ones who need the most kindness," Yvette tells him. "Everyone deserves a chance to be better, Kevin. You got one!"

We all got one, we're taught. Several, in fact. We've all failed, just like Kevin. Just like Kevin, we've been saved from the scrap heap. And I believe we're all being asked to do some good in the world.

That's a pretty great message to glean from a pretty silly comedy. And make no mistake, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is exceptionally silly. It can also be saddled at times with coarse language, some sexual references and rare allusions to drug use. And while characters' difficult life experiences are dealt with lightly—Kevin's attempted suicide, for instance—doesn't mitigate the underlying seriousness of those issues.

All that said, I like this show. It's good, as in a quality, well-made and really funny good. But it's also good as in a well-meaning, sweet-and-salient, it-might-encourage-you-to-treat-your-fellow-man-and-woman-a-little-better sort of good. How often can you say that about a television comedy?

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Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: Oct. 24, 2017 "How to be Good"



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Jason Ritter as Kevin Finn; JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Amy Cabrera; Kimberly Hebert Gregory as Yvette; India de Beaufort as Kristin Allen; J. August Richards as Deputy Nate Purcell; Chloe East as Reese Carbrera; Dustin Ybarra as Tyler Medina; Lesley Boone as Lucille






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Paul Asay

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