Fall TV Review: A to Z Is a Charming Good Time

Fall TV Review: A to Z on NBC
A to Z's Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman
ROBERT TRACHTENBERG

10/02/2014 AT 08:45 PM EDT

A to Z is the king of cute and quirky this fall.

Right off the bat, viewers are immediately warned that Andrew and Zelda – a.k.a. A to Z (like I said, cute) – will date for only "eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour," making it hard not to immediately draw comparisons to 500 Days of Summer.

But unlike that big-screen hit, which also featured an earnest, heart-on-his-sleeve male lead and a wary-about-love female lead, NBC's new rom com is warm and effervescent from the start, as opposed to determinedly melancholy.

Though their future is yet to be seen, we have a pretty good feeling after those eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour, that Andrew and Zelda will be engaged or married – anything other than broken up.



Andrew, played by Mad Men's Ben Feldman, works at an online dating site and truly believes in the love he sells.

But everything he's so gung-ho about (destiny, love at first sight, etc.) is a tough pill to swallow for Zelda, played by How I Met Your Mother's Cristin Milioti.

With literally a bird's-eye view of her future boyfriend from her office, the cynical lawyer eventually gives in to Andrew's declarations of affection, with some prodding from a co-worker.



With many clichés coming straight from romantic comedy films, A to Z gets slightly cheesy at times, but Feldman and Milioti's easy chemistry makes their banter believable and, well, downright adorable.

While the pilot draws smiles at the end of the 30-minute mark with a convenient happily-ever-after wrap-up, we're intrigued to see all the things that can go wrong from A to Z in this relationship.

A to Z premieres Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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