TV review: 'Playing House' on USA

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:00 AM Written by 

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USA debuts its second comedy, which follows last month's "Sirens," which didn't seem to generate much buzz.

USA's latest effort, "Playing House" (10 tonight), is a pretty entertaining female friends show starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who previously played best friends in NBC's short-lived 2012 comedy, "Best Friends Forever."

Like "BFF," "Playing House" plays funnier than expected. 

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The show stars Parham as Maggie, a pregnant woman who learns at her baby shower that her husband (Brad Morris) is having an online affair. This leads best friend Emma (St. Clair) to quit her high-power, globe-trotting job to move back home and help Maggie raise her soon-to-arrive child.

Keegan Michael-Key ("Key and Peele") co-stars as Emma's high school crush who is now married to a woman with brittle bones who Maggie and Emma used to mock in high school.

Loud Emma suffers from foot-in-mouth disease, so she's always saying inappropriate, uncomfortable things. More grounded Maggie is more likely to have misfortune befall her as in the set piece scene at her baby shower, which begins as a predictable gag that then goes further than expected and gets funnier the longer it continues. (Giving away specifics would ruin the fun.)

In its first two episodes, "Playing House" does a nice job slowly building out its world and introducing an assortment of amusing, oddball characters. Is it a show I'll add to my DVR recording schedule? Probably not, just because my DVR is bursting at the seams already. But "Playing House" is a welcome addition to the women-behaving-badly genre.

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