Third-episode verdict: Mad Love

In the US: Mondays, 8.30/7.30c, CBS

Well, you have to admire a show for consistency, even if it’s merely consistently bland. Mad Love – in part a mimic of another of CBS’s sitcoms, How I Met Your Mother but in essence the US answer to Gavin & Stacey, with a central blandish couple who fall in love at first sight being eclipsed by their more interesting love/hate each other at first sight friends – has been nothing but bland, despite the best efforts of a good cast.

Much like the first episode, each week, we go through a situation in which the two main characters get to know each and they turn out to be as bland as we thought; meanwhile, the two wacky friends get to be wacky at each other, all without raising much by the way of laughs. At no point do you really care about the bland couple; you kind of want the wacky pair to get together, but since that’s so completely inevitable and you’ll have to sit through standard but inept US sitcom putdowns to get there, you don’t want it that much.

There have at least been attempts to give all the characters some background and we even know what Sarah Chalke’s character does for a living now – ooh! But with scripts that rarely offer anything fresh or original in terms of comedy, that’s the best that can be said.

One to skip, despite the cast who deserve much, much better.

Carusometer rating: 4
Carusometer prediction: dead by the end of the season