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It’s almost from the start of the episode that the show sets the tone for this new sitcom: we discover Kenan, a father who takes care of his two little daughters while managing the morning show he hosts on television in Atlanta. If things are not made clear from the start of this pilot, we understand quite quickly that the mother of the two girls is no longer of this world since she died a year earlier, explaining the presence of her stepfather at Kenan’s to help him take care of her small family.
If this first episode shows us very clearly that Kenan is a series with a humorous purpose (like most series of about twenty minutes), this one does not hesitate to put both feet in the dish to talk about a subject that can be quite heavy and not necessarily in line with the tone of the series: that of mourning. We find a main character totally overwhelmed by events, who still has not mourned his wife. Despite the request of his daughters, Bridget (Dannah Lane) and Aubrey (Dani Lane), to talk about their mother, Kenan is unable to tell them about their mother and when he finally decides to talk about it live on television, the subject completely escapes him and his emotions catch up with him. This first episode, which is therefore not as funny as the rest of the series will probably be, shows us the importance of leaving time to mourn a loved one and also shows viewers that everyone manages their own. mourning in its own way despite the pressures that we can undergo from our loved ones to “turn the page”. It can also show children who would watch this show family that despite the disappearance of a loved one, it still remains somewhere in our head and our heart and talking about it can do a lot of good if we feel the need or the desire.
It’s hard to know how the rest of the episodes will go, but we find this pilot very interesting and above all, very intelligent. This allows us to attach ourselves to the characters and understand their problems, making us necessarily more invested than ever in the rest of the events for the next episodes. Despite the sitcom format, this pilot tackles important and very serious topics that make us want to see more. At the editorial, we continue!