I do like you, Josh Thomas. I like your endearingly awkward enthusiasm, your bitterly clever, sincere stand-up. I really did want to like your new show.
But, I’m sorry Josh, I really didn’t like it all that much. Oh, it was funny in parts. I definitely laughed a few times over the first two episodes. There’s a clear attempt to try something more than just a comedy, with a prominent plotline involving suicide (and a thankfully matter-of-fact take on your character’s sexuality).
The show felt slow; I wish it had reflected your enthusiastic, tripping-over-your-words approach to comedy. The dramatic moments didn’t land for me – perhaps you’re a better comedian than actor, but it never felt like your character was actually dealing with your mother’s suicide attempt, for example.
The biggest problem for me was the absence of conflict. The show’s characters felt like versions of you, likeable but too laid back. Geoffrey, your boyfriend on the show, is bland – there seems to be little more to him than “attractive guy who wants Josh.” Which is odd, given your first (real-life) boyfriend, Tom Ballard, is anything but bland.
I’m holding out hope for the show. I do want to like it.