If you love brash gags, relentless in-jokes, wordplay and un-self-conscious goofiness as I do, then Angie Tribeca is so for you. Created by Steve Carell and Nancy Carell, the mock cop comedy procedural starring Rashida Jones that premieres January 17 on TBS should be, and could be, as I say in my video review above, a breakout for the Kevin Reilly-run new and seemingly improved network.
With clear homages to the short-lived Police Squad! from 1982, its Naked Gun spinoff film franchise and Get Smart,whose 2008 big-screen reboot was fronted by Steve Carell, the half-hour Angie Tribeca is seeking shameless hilarity at the expense of the forces of law and order and everyone else. So well dissected by Tribeca, it will be hard to watch the likes of Law & Order or other so-called serious police procedurals without a giggle now.
From the pilot, written by the Carells and directed by The Big Short star onwards, there are cameos by the boatload. Bill Murray, real-life L.A. Mayor and SAG-AFTRA cardholder Eric Garcetti, Keegan-Michael Key, Rashida’s real life parents Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, Lisa Kudrow and James Franco plus many more come at you fast and furious and funny just like the whole series.
And with TBS trying to go for the hype with a white noise-busting move, there’s going to be a lot of Angie Tribeca to watch with a 25-hour ad-free marathon of the entire 10-episode first season kicking off Sunday at 9 PM. On January 25, the show starts a weekly rollout of the episodes, with Season 2 scheduled to debut later this year.