Amanda Peet has a charming new comedy in 'Bent'
'Bent' features good chemistry between its leading couple and an immensely likable supporting cast
While we’re the first to admit that BENT may not be the type of genre-busting comedy akin to THE OFFICE or a MODERN FAMILY, NBC’s latest attempt to work themselves out of the ratings basement does have two very important things going for it. As a down-on-his-luck contractor and a newly divorced single mother, actors David Walton (Pete) and Amanda Peet (Alex) have the kind of crackling romantic chemistry money can’t buy. Add to that an immensely likeable supporting cast including Alex’s daughter (Joey King), Pete’s construction crew (J.B. Smoove, Jesse Plemons and Pasha Lychnikoff) and opinionated father (Jeffrey Tambor) — and what your left with is a solid foundation from which to build seasons and seasons of laughter off of. Assuming of course NBC handles it with care and decides to move the show away from the time-slot juggernaut that pits this charming little series against MODERN FAMILY, AMERICAN IDOL and CRIMINAL MINDS.Skip to next paragraph
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Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
Sometimes it’s best not to think too hard and just embrace the idiocy. If you’re able to bring that mind-set to BENT, a screwy comedy NBC introduces on Wednesday night, you’ll have a pretty good time. Read the full review >>
Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News
The premise – boy meets girl, boy takes forever redoing girl’s kitchen – may not sound fresh, but there’s something cooking in BENT that’s worth hanging out for. Read the full review >>
Robert Lloyd, The Los Angeles Times
Formula does not always betoken a lack of imagination; sometimes it just betokens an active embrace of formula. And BENT (a bad title, I think, not sufficiently justified by one character’s description of himself as “bent, not bowed”) builds a nice little shelter in a classic style. Read the full review >>