“Chinese food… not that special for 8 billion Chinese people” [Kath & Kim]
So I just watched the US Kath & Kim, and… it really isn’t that bad.
That’s not to say it’s good. The pilot’s storyline follows more or less the same path as the first Australian episode, but the US bits that directly copy the original feel stilted, while the gags unique to the American version play out in an awkward, har-har-look-at-us-we’re-being-funny-type way but aren’t actually all that funny.
It’s weird: the pilot hams up all its lamest gags (it seems especially pleased with itself when smugly namedropping tabloid celebrities) while at the same time playing down the arch suburban satire that’s at the heart of Kath & Kim‘s yoomah.
That said, it’s not completely dreadful. I will watch episode two, is what I’m saying: the series has promise (particularly its talented cast), but it seems unlikely it’ll stay on the air long enough to find its feet.
Oh, and the very worst thing about the US series? No Sharon Strzelecki equivalent. Her absence leaves a plus-sized hole in the show, pun intended.