Sometimes when you get stuck in a kind of TV viewing “rut” (no matter how happy you are in said rut). It’s nice to mix things up and try something new. That was certainly the case when I gave this single-camera production a shot – a big departure from normal is NBC’s new romantic-comedy, A to Z. At least it is for me.
A to Z Pilot (2014) TV Review
Andrew (Adam Feldman) is a guy’s guy. He likes Neeson movies and sporting events; however there is a side to Andrew that is all about the romance. Zelda (Cristin Milioti) is a girl’s girl. She likes themed costume parties, pedicures and seeing justice done in her work as a lawyer, but when it comes to relationships, Zelda is more skeptical. Or so our narrator (Kathy Segal) tells us. These two people are about to meet; and whether or not Zelda wishes to accept it, Andrew sets out to prove their meeting is meant to be.
Compared to a popular CBS show by a popular TV reviewer, this is a new idea to me. For 20-some minutes I thoroughly enjoy the flirty bit of fun, and think as comedies go (which I have little TV experience of), this is cute. If given a choice between this and ABC’s Selfie, I think I’d go with the latter merely because of a familiar face in the lead, however it is fun to see Adam in something again; once upon a time he played the love interest to Hilary Duff in a teen rom-coms. He and Cristin were cute together as the makings of a will-they-or-won’t-they-couple. And this is where my opinion gets dicey.
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Another reason this concept is a good idea is because television today likes to torture us (seriously, that’s not too strong a word, is it?) with the endless will-they-or-won’t-they possibilities. The longing glances and interplay, the anticipation of the first kiss or the near-breaking-moment when one half of the couple almost says those three little words. It’s refreshing to watch something in which the couple is together rather than avoiding the subject. However quick reading on the show suggests that this “A to Z” will be from first date to break-up. That kind of pours cold water on everything. Even if it only gets a season, just thinking about falling in love with the cuteness only to see it crash and burn!? (Yes, my TV romanticism is showing. I know, I’m hopeless.)
Beyond that complaint, A to Z is sweet. It features a nice, sincere sort of guy as the hero (or it promises that) and an opinionated, sassy heroine, who is (of course) skittish about lasting love being real. I’m not sure if I’ll keep up with this because of all the other fandoms I’m invested in, however it’s something I’d be willing to revisit at some point. No matter the problems Andrew and Zelda encounter, I cannot imagine that will be an issue in A to Z.
Learn more about the A to Z pilot on NBC.
CONTENT: there are a handful of sexual innuendos and crude dialogue. The A to Z pilot rates TV14.