"Modern Dads" basically takes the same formula as "Duck Dynasty" -- make a sitcom using untrained actors and dress it up to look like a reality show -- albeit with less entertaining characters.
The cast includes first-time dad Nate, 37; single dad Stone, 41; stay-at-home stepdad Sean, 38; and vetera father Rick, 42.
"Occasionally you get a baby who slips into the dishwasher and pulls a knife on you," says Rick in a been-there, done-that voiceover.
Everything on the show feels outlined, if not scripted. Nate doesn't want to stop his car, for fear of waking a sleeping baby, while picking up Sean. The guys plan a party while meeting at a playground. Stone takes his daughter with him to see a doctor about getting a vasectomy.
"I'm gonna sleep on it," Stone says, beginning the wind-up to a line of dialogue that sounds like it was fed to him by the show's writer/producers. "Taking a casual attitude toward my genitals is how I ended up here in the first place."
Ugh. Wake me when this programming trend of over-produced reality sitcoms is over.