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Better With You Starring JoAnna Garcia Pilot Review

Pilot Scoop: Better With You

My pilot scoops are here to let you know about the buzziest new Fall TV shows so you can start programming your DVRs now. Today I'm tackling ABC comedy Better With You.

What it's about: Three couples within one family are at different relationship stages. Younger daughter Mia (JoAnna Garcia) is newly engaged to a guy she only recently started dating; her older sister Maddie (Jennifer Finnegan) is unmarried and has been dating her boyfriend for nine years. Their parents (Debra Jo Rupp and Kurt Fuller) have been married for over 30 years and have settled into an established, staid marriage.

Where it works: Garcia is always a charismatic everygirl in her TV roles, and her character Mia is no different. In fact, Garcia makes her even more sympathetic than another actress would, as she's playing a young woman with flaws who many of us can relate to. (Plus, the chemistry she has with costar Finnegan as sisters is uncanny.)

Where it doesn't: The multicamera, laugh-tracked sitcom is a dying breed for good reason. The canned laughter has me cringing at a lot of jokes where I wish I could just be laughing.

Am I hooked? Yes. Despite the dips of cheesiness, Better With You is a breezily funny relationship comedy that doesn't demand a lot of commitment.

When it's on: The series premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 8:30 p.m.


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