From Emily Spivey (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”) and legendary Emmy Award-winning producer Lorne Michaels, comes “Up All Night,” a modern take on Parenthood that shows the challenges of balancing a career, marriage and a new baby. Christina Applegate (“Samantha Who?”) stars as Reagan, a successful public relations executive, and Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) plays Chris, Reagan’s supportive, stay-at-home husband. The two have just become parents – a surprise that has set their lives on a new path as responsible adults — for the most part. – NBC
75 out of 100
We had high hopes for Up All Night based on the cast on the excellent trailer we saw and for the most part it hasn’t disappointed. We think that the series will hit home especially for our generation of parents and it’s one of those shows where either you get it and relate to it or you don’t… and therein lies the problem.
As noted, the cast is strong, the premise is excellent and the characters charming, relatable and likable. But if you don’t have kids we’re not really sure if this is going to click for you. So, this may be the first time in the history of prime time Big-5 network television that a sitcom can be categorized as niche.
Will Arnett and Christina Applegate are fantastic and we see so much of ourselves reflected in their characters as we were as new parents that it’s very hard to not become instantly attached to this show. Maya Rudolph rounds out the main cast as an eccentric Oprah-type talk show host who Reagan works for and provides an excellent counter-balance and a good dose of outrageous comic relief. The only problems we had with the pilot is that all of the good bits from the pilot were all in the extended trailer (Bad, NBC! Don’t DO THAT!) and it provided a lot less ha-ha then we had hoped for. That being said, it’s obvious to us that the foundation of this show is strong enough that it can afford an expository pilot episode to the detriment of the humor and we expect it will be much funnier in the episodes that follow it.
So, for right now, it’s certainly a keeper for us.
You can watch new episodes of Up All Night, here, including the Pilot episode, now, before it airs tomorrow night.