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.
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.
Shows like The New Normal and Modern Family have made nontraditional families a staple of prime-time television, and those keeping track of that growing roster can add Ben and Kate to the list. The Fox sitcom, which premieres Tuesday at 8:30/7:30c, revolves around single mom Kate (Dakota Johnson) and her good-hearted slacker brother Ben (Nat Faxon), who moves in with his sister to help raise her young daughter Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones).
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