Sean Saves the World

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23 min
Comedy, Family
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Sean Saves the World - Pilot

'Sean Saves the World' is a new sitcom starring Sean Hayes. Hayes is best known for his role as Jack McFarland in the popular sitcom 'Will & Grace'. After the series ended in 2006, Hayes has done a string of guest performances in several series. But now he’s back as the executive producer and main character on 'Sean Saves the World'.

Everything you need to know about this show presents itself in the first scene of the pilot. When a piece of bread is jammed in the toaster, Sean tries to get it out with a knife. This is our first clue that Sean might not be the most competent human being. Then his teenage daughter Ellie (Samantha Isler) enters the kitchen, and their conversation serves as an intro as to what the show is about. Sean is an openly gay man, but wasn’t very sure of his sexuality in the past, which resulted in his short-lived marriage to Ellie’s mother. The mother’s job forces her to move, but Ellie doesn’t want to go with her, so she moves in with Sean. Parenthood proves to be quite new to Sean, according to their conversation. And in passing it’s mentioned that Sean has a pretty difficult and strict boss. Then Sean’s mother (Linda Lavin, 'Alice') is introduced, diva-like woman with whom Sean seems to have a difficult relationship, and there you go, after four and a half minutes you know exactly what 'Sean Saves the World' is about.

The first episode is rather messy, because it’s jam-packed with information about the characters and their relation to one another. Sean is struggling with both his aspirations of being a good father and also the expectations his boss Max (Thomas Lennon, 'Reno 911!') has of him. He promises his daughter to be home for dinner, but Max forbids him to go home early. When he finally escapes through the office bathroom window (which makes for a pretty cringeworthy scene), he gets into trouble with Max. So Sean goes to Max’ hotel room to apologize, but in the end it’s Ellie who saves the world. Or at least her dad, by telling Max how tough it’s been on her that her mom has abandoned her. So all is well in the end: he gets to keep his job and shares a bonding moment with his daughter.

Sean Hayes gets to do what Sean Hayes is best at in this sitcom: playing a slightly neurotic and loud character, much like his character on 'Will & Grace'. Thomas Lennon also gets to do what he is best at: playing the eccentric guy (Lennon was personally asked by Hayes to perform this role). The result is entertaining television, as long as you don’t have high expectations of it. The first episode does not show us yet in which way this sitcom will distinguish itself from other sitcoms, and I doubt it if it will actually do so in the end. It’s probably mostly going to be a show in which Sean Hayes gets to run around a lot, wave his hands around (“Jack hands!”) and gets to talk really fast.
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