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.
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.<
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.