Oh Grow Up Review

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 22, 1999

"Oh Grow Up" (9:30 p.m., WTAE)

Despite the stereotypical sitcom situation -- three guys live together in Brooklyn: One's horny, one's an artist, and one's gay -- ABC's latest attempt to program the half-hour after The Drew Carey Show fares better than last fall's stinker, The Secret Lives of Men.

In tonight's pilot, horndog Hunter (Stephen Dunham) discovers he has an 18-year-old daughter (Niesha Trout) he didn't know about, artist-in-the-making Norris (David Alan Basche) vows to give up his dream if he can't sell a painting, and newly gay Ford (John Duecy [sic]) faces his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Suzanne (Rena Sofer), who's bottled up a little hostility about their dissolving marriage.

Although it's a show about three guys who refer to each other as "dude," Suzanne is the funniest element in the mix. Sofer was over-the-top last season in Melrose Place, but she's slightly more down to earth in this standard-issue sitcom.

"Well, honey, you promised to love, honor and not go nancy on me!" Suzanne yells at Ford. In the wrong context that line would sound blatantly homophobic, but in Oh Grow Up it's just shockingly juvenile. For a comedy about people who still have some growing to do, that's somehow appropriate.

-- Rob Owen

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