28 March 2016 | atlasmb
A Traditional Family Sitcom With Potential
By episode four, this new show starring Patrick Warburton (as father of the family, Mike Moore) is coming into focus. If you like Warburton's comedic styling, you will probably like this show. He will remind you of David Puddy from "Seinfeld", but Mike is not as dim-witted. Carrie Preston plays his wife, Martina. And the two millennial daughters who simultaneously return to the household to nest are Stella (Mia Serafino) and Shea (Miranda Cosgrove).
But the family doesn't end there. Stacy Keach is Mike's father, Bob--a hard-nosed retired detective. His wife Alice is played by Carlease Burke. And Clifford McGhee plays Alice's son, Ethan.
Though there is the occasional joke about the adult child returning home, the episodes do not focus on that topic. Actually, they are still laying the groundwork in the first four episodes. But the relationships are beginning to develop and more laugh out loud moments are occurring.
At this point, I will grade this show a "7", hoping that the writers can get into a groove as the Moores become more like family to viewers. When I consider that another well-written show, "Modern Family", relies upon its well-defined characters for its hilarity, I know that "Crowded" can possibly achieve similar results.
The two daughters, who might remind you of the daughters on "Modern Family", need to become more central to the focus of this show. There is untapped potential there.