Third-episode verdict: Mr Sunshine

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 3

In the US: Wednesdays, 9.30/8.30c, ABC

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. What a shame. Mr Sunshine started so well, with a great cast and a cracking script. I got all light-headed with optimism.

Then episode two arrived and my God did it stink. Not a laugh the whole episode, which actually had me begging for the end to happen. And while episode three was mildly funnier, it’s exposed the big problem with Mr Sunshine: the cast might be good, but they can’t make a silk purse out of sow’s ear, the scripts being the sow’s ear in this case.

Strangely, episode two was written by the same writers as episode one with one exception – Matt Perry didn’t contribute to episode two (officially at least). Which suggests that the only time Mr Sunshine is going to be funny is when Matt Perry is writing the episodes.

Oh well. Let’s chalk that one up to experience.

Carusometer rating: 3
Carusometer prediction: will be cancelled by the end of the season.


  • Rob Buckley

    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.

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