Third-episode verdict: Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt 23 (ABC)

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 3

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

There’s surprising variability to Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt 23, an intriguing little show about a wide-eyes, mid-westerner who moves to the big city and ends up flat-sharing with a New York sociopath who’s best friends with James Van Der Beek from Dawson’s Creek. On the one hand, there’s a really rather lovely dark streak to the whole show, Krysten Ritter (the B—- in question) is deliciously evil while also endearing and James Van Der Beek has a great time sending himself up.

But stuck in the middle of this is the big glaring problem of Dreama Walker, the wide-eyes mid-westerner, whose character sucks almost all humour from every scene she’s in. When the show focuses on Ritter and Van Der Beek – or even guest stars, like Michael Landes – as it did in episode two and to a lesser extent episode one, it works well and is funny; when it devotes itself to Watson, as in episode three, it’s a big mass of mid-western tumbleweeds rolling across the screen.

Which is a shame, because there are some really funny moments in the show. Episode three had Van Der Beek doing a body-swap comedy movie with Don Draper’s daughter from Mad Men, which had the memorable line "I had to make out with mummy!", and pretty much everything Ritter had to say worked nicely.

If somehow, they could just get rid of Walker or sideline her, this would be a really good show. Unfortunately, at the moment, it’s just okay. If you watch it, you’ll have to sit through some cruft to get to the good stuff, but that good stuff is worth it. One for the ‘maybe’ pile.

Carusometer rating: 3
Rob’s prediction: Will last for a season then get cancelled

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.