Come back to 'The Comeback'

17854__comeback_l_1Folks, I’ve officially made it through all six stages of Lisa Kudrow’s low-rated HBO sitcom The Comeback.

Befuddlement1) Befuddlement. I thought this was supposed to be a sitcom, and yet I didn’t laugh once during the entire pilot episode. What’s going on here?

Revulsion2) Revulsion. Puppy poo in her hair? Give me a break! How much degradation can one character take?

Anger3) Anger. Why is everyone so mean to Valerie? I hate that stinkin’ Boyd Duzpauliegsuck!

Addiction4) Addiction. Note to self, I don’t need to see that! Note to self, I don’t need to see that! Note to self, I don’t need to see that! Note to self, I don’t need to see that!

Acceptance5) Acceptance. I’ve got a lump in my throat because they scrapped the ”Aunt Sassy” episode of Room & Bored and that beaver coat shtick was actually kind of funny. I think I might be a little bit hooked.

Adulation6) Adulation. I’m a huge fan of The Comeback and I’m not ashamed to say it anymore! Anyone else out there with me? Anyone?

What stage of The Comeback are you in? And will you be watching Sunday night?

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  • Todd

    I’m still in stage 1, and no, I won’t be watching Sunday. That pilot was so bad that my wife and I kept looking at each other during the episode with puzzled looks on our faces. You know, the looks we gave each other during last season’s Six Feet Under….

  • Richard

    I totally agree.
    The show had a rocky start, but has really found its stride. I’ve watched the Palm Springs episode three times now. The final sequence in the car is both hilarious and oddly moving. I hope Valerie, and the show, have begun to find their stronger selves.
    As for the six stages, I went through all of them in the first episode. I’ve been throughly (albeit a little inexplicably at times) hooked since day one.
    Glad to hear someone finally agrees!

  • Jesse Escobar

    I am in Stage 6, I went exactly through those stages myself, hated the pilot, but stood by the show. I think she will be a Golden Globe Nominee, come December for The Comeback!
    I want a Second Season, better than Entourage!

  • Wesley

    Oh my damn! Take that back, Todd. It’s not as bad as SFU.

  • Koala

    The Comeback is truly great work.
    Special kudos to Kudrow and the actors who play Marky Mark and Micky, the men in her life. They are incredibly nuanced, wise, and ultimately hilarious portrayals.
    This show is a much needed cold glass of Pellegrino to the face/counterpoint to the 24hr Hollywood circle jerk that is Entourage. Entourage, while amusing at moments, is sickening in its sycophantic adulation of the world it supposedly attempts to parody. U2 shoutouts? James Cameron playing himself? They all think they are the king of the world.
    Give me Valerie over that any day.

  • Jupiter

    She’s no Kathy Griffin.

  • kc

    I find myself defending how good this show is to others. The more I watch this show the more I realize how brillant Lisa Kudrow is as an actress/commediene. Her brillance is that she is so nuanced and multi-dimensional and not just Phoebe from friends. I laughed my ass off when she got a shout-out from Juna at the concert and she totally started dancing terrible. I never knew Kudrow is so talented.

  • kc

    I find myself defending how good this show is to others. The more I watch this show the more I realize how brillant Lisa Kudrow is as an actress/commediene. Her brillance is that she is so nuanced and multi-dimensional and not just Phoebe from friends. I laughed my ass off when she got a shout-out from Juna at the concert and she totally started dancing terrible. I never knew Kudrow is so talented.

  • sammy

    The Comeback is the best show on television. Lisa Kudrow is amazing. I went through the same stages, as well.

  • Sandra D.

    The Comeback is the worst bag of trash on HBO. I had such expectations, because HBO’s original series are usually so terrific. But the Comeback is a GoBack. It doesn’t work because no one wants to see a nice person pushed around and abused by UNfunny jerks. Ari on Entourage is a FUNNY jerk, the supporting a-holes on The Comeback are just nasty.
    CANCEL

  • jim

    I totally agree that the show has gotten much better. I didn’t care for the first several episodes, but it keeps improving. The biggest problem I’ve had is that it’s all Valerie all the time – and frankly, the character is a little too brittle and not quite believable. Note to Lisa: ENOUGH already with the “Yeah, no…”‘s. It’s getting REAL old.

  • Cafeliving

    I thought it strange too at first that I didn’t laugh at this show, but it really is very good and very funny. The only problem I have with it is that it IS all Valerie all the time. I’d like to see some other characters mix with her on a constant basis, but that said, Kudrow is as I always thought, a really amazing and underrated actress. Funny and nuanced. I always look forward to this show. And yes, it is superior to the tries-too-hard Entourage.

  • CJ

    OMG!!! I love the comeback! I recently wrote in my blog how I keep quoting it to empty looks by friends. Example: I DONT WANNA SEE THAT!! (see what?)…or “Jane, just flag it”
    I recently had good friends of mine watch it on demand, and as a fan, it really IS BETTER the second time around it. Lisa Kudrow is the best actress on TV right now.

  • ROBYN

    FINALLY! At least someone writes something good about this show. I absolutely love it, and have since the first–okay, well, since the second or third episode. The fact that I get to perturbed with Valerie and the things that happen to her show that this is indeed a compelling show. Afterall, why would I care so much if it wasn’t so well written and well-acted?

  • Bobby

    I don’t know why I decided to give this show a chance. I hated ‘friends’ and most of that annoying cast. However, HBO has a good track record with comedies and I gave ‘The Comeback’ one shot. The pilot was extremely funny and the show just keeps getting better. Some weeks I actually like it more than Entourage. Lisa Kudrow is hilarious. I hope the unique little show gets a second season. I have a feeling that most people who don’t like it, simply aren’t getting it.

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