I may get lambasted for deftly loving the show that many claimed was just NBC’s way of trying to mainstream it’s tragically adored Community, but I couldn’t care less. I’ve felt this way about Go On for a long time now (a long, looong time) and I just have to tell everyone.
I love Go On.
It’s my favorite new comedy of the season (which is well on its way towards the end, but still). I think it’s great — at times heartwarming, at times slapstick, at times heady, at times roaringly hilarious, and to me… always intelligent. My favorite thing about my favorite new comedy, however, is just how much I feel like I’ve been watching the series for several years now. Obviously, given the nature of this post, I don’t mean that in a bad way; I mean it in a way that… well, I feel a sense of familiarity whenever I watch Go On. I feel as though I’m watching a show with concretely defined people whose idiosyncrasies I know, and whose inside jokes I already understand.
Running gags that other comedies take several seasons to develop, Go On did in fewer than 15 episodes. Consider Cougar Town‘s Penny Can. Or 30 Rock‘s “Shut it down.” Or even How I Met Your Mother’s “Legen — wait for it — dary.” I can’t help it if I start cracking up whenever the Go On group decides to chant something in unison.
I’m not delusional. I know that Go On isn’t particularly groundbreaking, even if its concept could have led to something fiercely dark on a cable network. But it’s consistently one of the most feel-good, rapid-fire comedies on TV right now (which also sort of aligns itself with my tastes). So why have I waited so long to declare my love? It’s not from lack of trying, I assure you. I stopped reviewing the series episodically because I was busy, but after watching the last two episodes, which were perfect in the most delightful way, I had to weigh in again.
How could you not love a show after its followthrough with the best Marry Poppins homage ever. I mean, that final shot of Mr. K flying in the air in “Ring in a Miss” was the most I’ve laughed at my television this year.
“Which one of you didn’t believe?”
Or how’s about the ending of last week’s episode “Double Down,” which treated us with another of its sentimental scenes, proving its actors are capable to carry both beats — heart-warmth and comedy (“What is this place? Does anyone even buy books!?”) — of the show together?
I can’t explain it, but I think Go On has really found its footing. The writing put in the hands of these talented actors, coupled with its friendly/familial ambiance, has me excited for each and every new episode. Don’t rip this one from me just yet, NBC. Please.