The Class doesn't necessarily generate more laughs than other sitcoms, but it has more charm—like a kinder, gentler How I Met Your Mother—and that's incentive enough to stick with it. A loosely plotted ensemble about young singles who all knew each other back in third grade—those are chains of iron compared to Six Degrees' random connections—The Class has an adorable cast. It includes Jason Ritter as a slavishly devoted guy dumped by his fiancée; Lucy Punch, a tightly wound news anchor; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, soft and depressive; and the great, loopy Heather Goldenhersh. She looks something like a klutzier, more down-to-earth Audrey Tautou, and her voice comes out as a mushed, nasal honk. She's an original.