TV Review: ‘ANGIE TRIBECA’ – Calcium for Your Funny Bone


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ANGIE TRIBECA is already the must-see show of the year. Created and produced by Steve and Nancy Carell, the sit-com is a irreverent send-up of procedural crime shows.

The show focuses on our titular hero, Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones), an insanely badass cop in the LAPD’s RHCU: Really Heinous Crime Unite. Carell has once again re-invented the American sitcom with a silly slapstick demeanor that has everything from running gags, intended spoof, and the tropes of contemporary network television to hotdog carts clouding up the scenery.

Make no mistake, the husband and wife team both have their creative hand in this batter, “we came up with the idea while we were sitting at home and thought the last name Tribeca would be funny,” said Carell during their SXSW Q&A last year.

Lisa Kudrow is one of the many familiar faces to pop up in ANGIE TRIBECA.

Lisa Kudrow is one of the many familiar faces to pop up in ANGIE TRIBECA.

In only the first two episodes, the show is filled with many familiar faces, including Lisa Kudrow, James Franco and Adam Scott. Carell also mentioned that the titan of comedy, Bill Murray, is also slated to make a guest appearance in Season One.

It was easy to see how the show quickly found it’s identity in the crowded “golden age” of television. It takes the same sensibilities that made hits like AIRPLANE and THE NAKED GUN series hits back in heyday of spoof comedy and heightens them into a style that’s modern, relevant and nothing short of hilarious.

Jones, who’s writing the latest TOY STORY installment for Pixar, says she didn’t think there would be a project that would have have gotten her back into acting so quickly after leaving PARKS & RECREATION. “I received an email from Steve and thought to myself, ‘how can I not do this show?,’” said Jones.

Some may think this is bold, but a year from now ANGIE TRIBECA could be among the most beloved sitcoms on cable television. This laffer has got the cast (Jones, Hayes MacArthur, Deon Cole and Jere Burns), the writing and perfect timing for something completely different from any comedy on television.

The 10-episode season is premiering tonight for a special 25-hour event.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.