After Brantley, I skimmed the others. With a few exceptions (I believe NY Magazine one), they are indeed downbeat. I have not followed earlier iterations of this show beyond title recognition and a few posts, the subject matter off my radar. Was there widespread belief that this show might pull something closer to, say, a "Sponge Bob"? "SB" invited snickers in advance and then no small amount of wonder and appreciation, including from Brantley. Curious about the space between expectation and Monday morning let-down. I saw a dispirited Roland on Twitter this morning.