Third-episode verdict: Traffic Light

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 4

In the US: Tuesdays, 9.30c/8.30c, Fox

I guess, in the scheme of things, a rom-com aimed at men is novel. Three male friends hang out, talk about their relationships (or lack thereof) and try to get the upper hand with their wives and girlfriends – sometimes actually winning – without being complete dicks and occasionally being smart.

Novel.

Yet, the problem with Traffic Light is it’s not very funny. It’s surprisingly smart, but it’s very rare that its jokes hit home. The men aren’t that relatable. The women are a little bit too much the voice of responsibility and lack of fun, and things are rarely from their point of view. 

So unfortunately, despite a brave attempt and a second episode that did at least raise a couple of titters, Traffic Light‘s going down in the books as a bit of a failure.

Carusometer rating: 4
Rob’s prediction: Cancelled by the end of the season

 

Author

  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.