Ben and Kate

Ben and Kate TV Review

This September, Fox’s new show, Ben and Kate, attempt to be the unique and quirky show of fall 2012 but end up just as bland as their title. Ben (Nate Faxon) and Kate (Dakota Johnson) play brother and sister. Ben is the annoying older brother who has never grown up and Kate is the younger sister who grew up a little too fast when she became pregnant at a young age. Now, with Kate trying to make ends meet for her daughter, and her brother always interrupting her life, she’s finding it’s a little hard to balance family, a love life and motherhood.

In the premiere episode, Ben rolls into town unexpected and barrages into Kate’s house unannounced while she is on a date. Kate immediately wants to know why he is in town disrupting her life once again. Instantaneously, Ben’s brotherly instincts kick in when he thinks  something is wrong with Kate’s boyfriend. But Ben— obsessed with his own love life— starts thinking of ways to crash his ex-girlfriends wedding.

Throughout all of the obnoxious things that Ben does to get what he wants, the audience ends up seeing a strong bond between Ben and Kate near the end of the show. While both characters end up being overly awkward instead of fun and quirky like FOX wanted them to appear, they both tend to get rather annoying very quickly. Even through all the strangeness, there is a small silver lining to this show. Ben and Kate showcase that when family members need each other then you stand behind them one hundred percent.
Ben overhears a conversation that Kate’s boyfriend is having and Ben sees a red flag. Instead of crashing the wedding, he rushes to get to Kate’s side. Once Kate realizes he hasn’t gone to the wedding, she makes sure he gets there even though she was against the idea from the beginning. While both characters appear to be selfish from the start, they both end up caring about each other more.
While Ben and Kate has potential to be a decent show, the pilot episode did not have the excitement I was expecting. The characters were very strange and at other times very irritating. The concept for the TV show is a good idea, and TV needs more shows centered around family,
but the cast and script brought nothing to the table this time around.
—Jenna Cusumano