I watched the first two episodes (minor spoilers like those found in a review); and link to NYT review
Last Edit: mikem 11:20 am EDT 07/16/21
Posted by: mikem 11:15 am EDT 07/16/21
In reply to: WSJ: “Schmigadoon” Review, a Rave! - TheHarveyBoy 07:08 am EDT 07/16/21

I watched the first two episodes already (minor spoilers like those found in a review follow).

The show is certainly fun and enjoyable, but I have a slightly different viewpoint than the WSJ reviewer, who is looking at the show purely on whether it is funny (which it is). I get that it's a parody, but there is a lot of self-awareness and winking at the audience. The acting is a bit too exaggerated and feels like that found in a "Saturday Night Live" sketch. The emphasis is on the laugh rather than on development of character. But it's one thing not to care about the characters in a five-minute sketch. Here, we've got 6 episodes of thirty minutes each. It doesn't help that the show wants to contrast the two modern characters to the seemingly happy-happy-happy townspeople, so the two modern characters are both a bit negative and not that much fun to be around.

I wish the show had more sincerity. You can have outlandish characters and situations in a parody and still have some degree of sincerity. Barry Sonnenfeld, the director, did both The Addams Family and the first two episodes of Pushing Daisies and was able to create characters we care about within an outlandish, artificial framework. I don't feel he was as successful here. But it's great to see so many Broadway names and the song parodies are great fun.

I'm linking the NY Times review, which is positive but not as much of a rave as the WSJ one.
Link https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/15/arts/television/review-schmigadoon.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage

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