This show, which aired 3/25/12, is a TLC reality series about Niecy Nash, comedienne and actress and her newly-blended family. She explains that her new family is like a sitcom, “My house is full of antics, mayhem, foolishness, carrying on, cutting up, shucking and jiving, and I have that whether cameras are there or not” said Niecy @ the TCA Summer press tour.
I think this show suffers from deciding what it is. Amy Winter from TLC calls it a “docu-sitcom” blending the reality show format with the “feel of the family sitcoms we all love.” It has the traditional sitcom awkwardness, but it seems to lack resolution to these situations. It has the reality show commentary shown during each segment, but lacks the sense of reality.
It was clear that at first, the family was awkward with the cameras. There was definitely a sense of the family either playing to the cameras or trying not to look stupid in front of the cameras. The more Niecy tries, the more unrealistic it feels. Niecy clearly likes being the center of attention, and it gets old. She has moments of being funny, but not nearly as often as she thinks she does.
The show does have relatable moments, especially for mothers and teens. For example: the radical perception shifts between what’s cool from a parent’s point of view as opposed to what’s cool from a teenager’s point of view; or the disconnect between trying to raise kids well and being ridiculous.
I’d be surprised if this show lasts the season. It’s not as compelling as it should be to make it successful, but it has humorous moments. 3/10