'Up All Night': What It Got Right & What It Got Wrong

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Will Arnett & Christina Applegate
Been DYING to watch the premiere of Up All Night, the new parenting sitcom starring Christina Applegate (love!), Will Arnett (adore!), and Maya Rudolph (kills me!), and it finally aired Wednesday night -- way too late for overtired parents, mind you, at 10 p.m., but its regular time will be a lovely and manageable 8/7c. Thank God.

I'll admit I had pretty high expectations for this talented crew, made up of all newish real-life parents. I was sure this was the show that was FINALLY going to get parenting right. Well, they got some of it right and got me to laugh a lot about relatable parenting funnies. However, they also got a lot wrong, making me wonder: Will TV ever get parenting right?


What Up All Night got right:

  • The inability NOT to curse about the how f@#&ing cute our babies are.
  • Christopher's first trip to the grocery store alone with a baby: "When did grocery stores get so big?"
  • The long, detailed morning argument between Christopher and Reagan, complete with time stamps, about who got less sleep and who saw whom sleeping more while they were awake with the baby in the night.
  • The similar ongoing argument, although much more underhanded, about who works harder -- the parent who works outside the home or the parent who stays home with baby.
  • The hangover morning -- although, in my experience, some mornings with a baby feel just that chaotic and paralyzing even without a drop of booze.

What Up All Night got wrong:

  • Where was the crying? I'm sorry but parenthood just includes A LOT MORE CRYING.
  • And crying on the parents' part.
  • And sweating.
  • And panic, especially on the first day back to work, OMG. Reagan seemed way too relaxed.
  • And when did she have the time to put all those curls in her hair for her first day back?

I know this group and the writers only got 30 minutes (or less) to show us what they've got, and I also know a lot of the "got wrongs" may simply not make for good TV. Then again, I'm pretty sure comedic talents like Applegate and Arnett could even make crying, sweating, and panicking over parenting watchable and brilliant.

Overall, I was pleased with the premiere (wish I hadn't seen all the previews that gave away all the good lines though). I mean, I laughed a lot, found it entertaining, and I'll definitely be tuning back in for more. Keeping up the expectations though! I want more -- more of the good, the bad, and the ugly of parenting. Bring it on!

Did you watch Up All Night? What'd you think? Good show about parenting or just a good, funny show?


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