The Guestbook

Impressions: The Guest Book

Network
TBS (US)
Release Date
August 3rd, 2017
Episode
S01E01 “Story One”

The Guest Book is a new comedy from producer Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl and Raising Hope). The show is an anthology, with each episode containing a story about different guests and their experiences at Wilfred’s (Charlie Robinson) Froggy Cottage in the remote small town of Mount Trace.

The first episode “Story One” stars Danny Pudi (Community) as Tim, a new father dealing with his neurotic wife Sandy (Lauren Lapkus, Orange is the New Black). In an attempt to give them both some much-needed rest and rejuvenation, Tim rents the cottage from Wilfred and his wife Emma (Aloma Wright).After being sent off by the demanding Sandy on a trivial errand, Tim is tempted into an (extremely) low budget strip club. After a number of bad decisions, Tim is blackmailed and taunted while trying to keep the truth from his wife… and thus hilarity ensues.

After being sent off by the demanding Sandy on a trivial errand, Tim is tempted into an (extremely) low budget strip club. After a number of bad decisions, Tim is blackmailed and taunted while trying to keep the truth from his wife… and thus hilarity ensues.

Danny Pudi and Lauren Lapkus guest starring in The Guest Book I appreciate the concept of the show and the episodic/anthological format, but the first episode didn’t impress me. Instantly I realised this irreverent tale wasn’t the kind of comedy I particularly enjoy.

While I will reserve judgement as best I can, considering it was the very first episode, so far I wouldn’t be drawn to keep watching if it weren’t for the slightly more interesting lead into the next story at the end of the episode.

I’ll give The Guest Book another chance and see how the next episodes go, but I won’t be excited about it.

 

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Matty has always loved all kinds of TV shows, but formally began her binging career while pretending to read books throughout university. She hasn’t published her writing before now, but has always enjoyed arguing with friends (and strangers) about quality programming.