Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
TV or not TV
Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

» E-mail

» Subscribe (RSS)

| Courtesy Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar star in the new CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones.”
Review: "The Crazy Ones" could be a winner

It's been more than 31 years since Robin Williams last starred in a weekly TV sitcom - "Mork & Mindy, which made him a star. He's back in a similarly manic role in The Crazy Ones (Thursday, 8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2).

This show isn't exactly what you might expect, but that's a good thing.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Williams stars as Simon Roberts, a colorful advertising executive whose business has suffered because of his unsettled personal life and addiction problems.

He works with his no-nonsense daughter, Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Buffy the Vampie Slayer"), who tries - mostly unsuccessfully - to reign her father in.

In Thursday's premiere, the agency is about to lose its biggest account, McDonald's. So Simon and his protégé Zach (James Wolk, "Mad Men") set out to convince Kelly Clarkson to sing an updated version of the old "You Deserve a Break Today" jingle. But she really wants to sing about sex.

Clarkson, by the way, is absolutely terrific in her guest appearance. And Wolk and Williams make a great comedy team. Even Gellar displays more comedy chops than you might expect, although she's got some distance to go in that area.

There are, predictably, plenty of crazy, over-the-top moments in "The Crazy Ones." And Williams does the same over-the-top schtick he was doing a third of a century ago on "Mork & Mindy."

But there's a lot to like here, too. Particularly in the less outrageous moments, which work particularly well.

This is a show worth checking out and worth giving a chance to develop.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.