Trick or treat? That's what Kate (Dakota Johnson) will find out on Tuesday's Halloween episode of Ben and Kate (airing at 8:30/7:30c on Fox), when she decides to abandon her typically conservative attitude towards the holiday — i.e. dressing her daughter Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) up as young historical figures — at the encouragement of her flirtatious friend BJ (Lucy Punch). Responsible mom Kate even gets into the Halloween spirit herself, accepting an invitation from her cute neighbor to attend a costume party at his house — and not being shy about showing her interest in him when she arrives.
Where there's hope, there's laughter. And where there's Raising Hope, which returns for a third season tonight on Fox (8/7c), the laughter is of a particularly shameless quality. Take Sabrina's grandmother Nana — please! Actually, as the episode begins, this glam granny has already been taken to the great beyond, her body laid out for the wake in a scenario that almost sounds like a Bones episode: "The Body in the Buffet." (The vain Nana having requested her body be put in the kitchen so people would notice — which Cloris Leachman's unhinged Maw Maw certainly does.)
In TV comedy, there's a fine line between the delightfully quirky and the annoyingly irksome, and Fox's Tuesday night lineup — now home to four half-hour sitcoms, forcing Glee's move to Thursdays — tap-dances around and over that line with reckless abandon. My advice: surrender and enjoy.
Fox's new series Ben and Kate is a different kind of family comedy, one that marries the best qualities of an ensemble like Friends — in which physical comedy and character growth reigned supreme — with the child-rearing hilarity of Raising Hope. Fortunately, series creator Dana Fox had quite the inspiration for the lead character: her older brother Ben.
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