I didn't expect anything from this series - nothing at all, really, I was just bored, and it was available - but what I found was one of my favorite shows ever, right up there with Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, Coupling (UK, natch). And, you know, within shooting distance of Arrested Development (a far shooting distance, granted, but come on...) But of course it is nothing like them (but it is of course similar to the original UK series). What this is is funny, pure and simple, and, better yet, it's good-natured, with a warm heart, big laughs, and an almost innocent quality, even as it invokes shades of There's Something About Mary, and movies of that ilk.
This is the essential quality of this show: there's no-one you can't like. Only one that's even really iffy on that subject, if that. And it's about time stories are written about love and good intentions (without overdoing it). It's the easiest thing in the world to sit there and think how you're going to cause trouble for your hero, only to say, oh, the mean father, the cruel boss, the nosy neighbor. Not here. And that's where this show has its brains, by never taking the easy way out.
I don't want to invest this show with too many saintly qualities - it's just a sitcom, after all - but it doesn't feel forced, it makes you smile, it's compulsively entertaining. And it's about the most common condition, the one all its viewers share: we're all only human, right? This is a show about "nothing", but the nothing that means everything to the people involved in it. Not because they're snide, or bitter, or sarcastic. But because their hearts are in the right place.
And yet not sappy! That's an achievement right there. How many good-natured sitcoms can really say that? And what this one has going for it, it has going for it in spades.
An important note: This show lasted just the one season. But don't let that dissuade you - no, in fact, it sort of feels like that's the perfect length. So just soak it in, and know that while it doesn't end with an air of finality (they could have easily segued into a second season), it still does end, appropriately. No cliff-hangers. Just smiles, and maybe even a willingness to dive right back in from the beginning.