Okay class. Raise your hand if you plan on staying in a 10 p.m. on a Friday night to watch television. That’s what we thought, not a one. Well, I guess you can always thank Tivo.
Anyway, the reason I checked out the show is that a kid who grew up down the street from me is involved. Eric Falconer, who’s written for shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (easily the funniest show on television), is a writer or actor. I dunno. I’ve only seen one episode and it showed some promise.
The premise for Acceptable TV, which airs at 10 p.m. on Vh1, cribs a page from the venerable Channel 101. Viewers watch five 2.5 minute shows and one viewer submitted show. At the end of the episode the audience votes for a winner. The winners return with a new episode the following week. (I guess Tivoing the show and watching it the next day defeats the whole purpose of the show. Semantics, semantics.)
Very cool premise. But like all sketch comedy, and all comedy produced from the masses, some of it is hit and a lot of it misses. You’ll see some stuff like Homeless James Bond, Pedophile Gladiators and the early fan favorite Mr. Sprinkles, which is sort of like Dr. Suess gone horribly horribly wrong.
The best part is that each episode is less than three minutes long, so by the time you get bored with one sketch they’ve got another one fired up and ready to make you chuckle. Enjoy Mr. Sprinkles.