Currently airs on CBS Mondays 9/8c
First off, I am Really Into doughnuts. I prefer doughnuts instead of donuts, but because I’m into this show, I will play along. We’re only two episodes in & the third episode airs tonight. Y’all should totally watch it- it’s really good.
Arthur (Judd Hirsch) has owned a donut shop in Uptown Chicago since 1969 & his business is in trouble. He’s got his regular customers, a cop named Randy (Katey Sagal) who is the daughter to his late best friend, her new partner, James (Darien Sills-Evans) & Tush (David Koechner) who uses the shop as his makeshift office. He’s even got a fax machine on the counter. Fawz (Maz Jobrani) is a real estate developer who wants Arthur to sell the shop & he’s not ready.
Viewers can tell Arthur is very resistant to change & in comes this young, hip guy named Franco (Jermaine Fowler) & his friend Sweatpants (Rell Battle). Franco is looking for a job & Arthur hires him quickly & Franco begins trying to integrate new ideas, social marketing & even some new donut flavors. Arthur struggles with his store, his city & his life changing.
I love that this show is based on a play by a Pulitzer Prize & Tony winner, Tracy Letts. It’s definitely got that play flavor to it & I feel like this show could go on forever with a rotating cast of customers. I also love that there are some crazy jokes about the Chicago police, hipsters & white privilege. Remember Friday After Next? Okay, you probably don’t but the owner of Holy Moly Donut plays Fawz in this show. I love the mix of Franco’s young, entreprenurial spirit & Arthur’s somewhat complacent attitude about the changing dynamic in the city they love.
The only thing I’m Really Not Into is the laugh track. Wah Wah…it gets old, but it’s not going to deter me from watching this show. It’s fun, current, has great heart, stars one of my faves, Katey Sagal & hello, I LOVE donuts!