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Review: Fox’s ‘Enlisted’ is a serviceable sitcom

January 11, 2014

Have you heard of the new sitcom ‘Enlisted’ on Fox? It premièred Friday, January 10, 2014 and is a military comedy that takes place stateside.

Here’s a review of the funny new show that airs at 9:30pm on Fridays:


LA Times — Enlisted,” which premieres Friday on Fox, is an oddly quaint show, a stateside service comedy, if not quite a peacetime one.

Created by Kevin Biegel (“Cougar Town”), its theatrical antecedents are boot-camp films such as Bob Hope’s “Caught in the Draft,” Abbott and Costello’s “Buck Privates,” Martin and Lewis’ “Jumping Jacks” — like each of those films, its pilot climaxes with a war games sequence — and, jumping a few decades forward, Bill Murray’s “Stripes.”

On television, it hearkens back to “The Phil Silvers Show” and “McHale’s Navy,” military comedies whose heroes do things not at all by the book. The very American, not quite paradoxical idea that motivates these movies and shows is that we are better when we work together as a team, especially for some larger good, and also when we make our own rules. They espouse a kind of reverent irreverence, a sentimental iconoclasm.

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