Picks and Pans Review: Four Kings

updated 01/09/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/09/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)
COMEDY

Blame it on the distracting iridescence of the real estate bubble. The premise of this situation comedy is perfectly okay, if standard-issue slick: A guy named Ben (Josh Cooke) inherits a Manhattan apartment from his grandmother and invites three friends to move in, creating the equivalent of Friends with a frat-house ambiance. But you may very well sit there, barely minding the bland surface perfection of cast and writing—the show was created by the same duo who cooked up Will & Grace—and think about the apartment itself. What's the square footage? How many baths? What did the grandmother pay originally? Wouldn't now be the time to sell, before the market slows, stalls, sinks? Why sacrifice such a great investment opportunity for the sake of three roommates?

Oh right, the roomies—the show. Seth Green, so good in the Austin Powers films, is the standout. He looks a little like a less tidy version of the young Michael J. Fox, and he delivers his lines in sharp yaps of frustration.

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