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'Young & Hungry' series premiere react: Leaves you hungry for more

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Pilot” | Aired June 25, 2014

It seems that these days, all of the former cast members of Hannah Montana are trying their best to break away from their Disney Channel image of yesteryear. We’ve all seen Miley Cyrus attempt to twerk the Mouse away. Now her former super-sidekick, Emily Osment, better known to Hannah Montana fans as Lilly, is joining the “ditch Disney” train with her new show, Young & Hungry, which premiered Wednesday night on ABC Family.

Now, it’s not like Osment is parading half-naked on the show or dirty-dancing with Robin Thicke, but Y&H definitely isn’t a children’s show by any means. The show centers on Osment’s character, Gabi, a broke college dropout who is given the chance of a lifetime as the personal chef to a tech billionaire named Josh. The only problem is, Gabi and Josh have a drunken one-night stand her first night on the job.

I will admit that after seeing many previews for Y&H over the past couple of months, I thought the plot seemed a little thin. OK, so the girl has sex with her boss and then … ? It didn’t seem like a premise that could carry an entire series. You can tell the series is being set up to center on the awkward sexual tension between Gabi and Josh now that she is his employee. ABC Family has used that premise before with the show Melissa & Joey, which has been pretty successful for the network, so I guess they might as well stick with what works. It’s definitely one of those shows where you can pretty accurately predict what will happen, but you watch anyway because the premise is cute, the boy is very cute, and the one-liners offer a chuckle here and there.

The true dark-horse character on Y&H is Yolanda, Josh’s personal assistant, played by the hilarious and charming Kym Whitley. You would think that, as is common with ABC Family shows, Yolanda would be the goofy adult who tries too hard to be cool like her younger peers, but it isn’t that way. It seems like Yolanda is being set up to be a true mother figure to Gabi, which is something Gabi needs after admitting early on that she dropped out of college and only had enough money to park her car at the meter for 12 minutes. I’m looking forward to seeing where the relationship with Gabi and Yolanda goes.

In all, Y&H is a good summer show. It’s funny, it’s cute, and Emily Osment proves that she has real acting chops and can hold her own in a lead role. It’s not prime-time-network-TV hilarious, nor does it make you want to binge-watch it and get overly excited for the next week’s episode. But it’s charming enough to DVR or find on On Demand when you’re bored and have already watched everything else.

As long as you can get past the annoying laugh track (side note: the laugh track is VERY annoying — it takes some getting used to), it’s a good show to enjoy while you’re waiting for your other favorites to come back.

Young & Hungry airs Wednesdays at 8/7 C on ABC Family.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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