Picks and Pans Review: Greetings from Tucson
At the start of this series' second episode (airing Sept. 27), Elizabeth Tiant (Rebecca Creskoff) wants her daughter Maria (Aimee Garcia) to dine at home, but the teenager prefers to eat out with friends. Mom's jesting suggestion: Have the home-cooked meal first, then "throw it all up." Mmm, sounds like a good time to reach for the remote.
In fairness, most of the show's material is not gross. Greetings from Tucson is just a family sitcom that neglects to be funny. Joaquin (Julio Oscar Mechoso), of Mexican heritage, is a father who thinks he's never wrong, though he's hardly ever right. Elizabeth, his Irish-American wife, is generally more reasonable—when she's not doing vomit jokes. David (Pablo Santos), their 15-year-old son, tries to ward off Dad's discipline and older sister Maria's ridicule. Joaquin's brother Ernesto (Jacob Vargas) is a thrice-divorced sponger whom David sees as cool. The actors are likable enough, even if Santos does seem in need of more rehearsal. But the entire cast desperately needs lines worth learning.
Bottom Line: Don't wish you were here
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