Picks and Pans Review: Sons & Daughters
ABC (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET)
Using a touch of improvisation to loosen up the usual rhythm of sitcom dialogue (which can come off like badminton played by robots), Sons is more like Curb Your Enthusiasm with fretful, well-meaning suburbanites instead of the invigoratingly hostile Larry David. It might be nice, in fact, if David passed through from time to time with a leaf blower. But the show's naturalness, enhanced by being shot outside the studio and without a laugh track, at least gives a viewer the sense that here's a show with room to breathe and grow. This is in contrast to another ABC family sitcom, the now-on-hiatus Crumbs. Crumbs at times could feel like a vase inserted over the head.
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