NBC’s Guys with Kids might as well be subtitled How to Succeed in Parenting Without Really Trying. The show follows a trio of young dads — as well as the ladies in their lives — as they struggle to raise their spawn while keeping their sanity. As that logline indicates, this isn’t exactly the fall season’s most cutting-edge sitcom — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Here are five elements of the pilot that may appeal to anyone who misses the olden days, a.k.a. the ’80s, ’90s, and early ’00s:
“Guys with Kids was taped in front of a live studio audience”
A voice that sounded an awful lot like co-creator Jimmy Fallon’s proclaimed this at the beginning of the episode. How quaint! It’s a little jarring to hear that studio audience hooting and hollering on a network that hasn’t had a multicamera comedy hit since Will & Grace — but the sound of live laughter does take us back to a simpler time, a time when three dudes could raise a group of girls together in San Francisco without anyone ever questioning their heterosexuality.