The extremely likable
He is, in that respect — to get a little inside for a sentence — the
Labine plays Kevin, a bumbling
But it's that casual, unsentimental, rarely dreadful approach to the spirit world that makes "Deadbeat" pleasant company; the dead are just other people in Kevin's life and, apart from his drug dealer and best, which is to say his only, living friend, the unfortunately named Roofie (
Creators Cody Heller and Brett Konner both wrote for
Along with the bountiful drug jokes, which have become as conventional as the drunk jokes of an earlier age of intoxication, Kevin is inconsistently represented as a dunce who pronounces "exploited" as "exploitered," can't tell an actor from the character he plays on television and maintains an improbable crush on nemesis Chamomile White (Cat Deeley of
"Deadbeat" might have profitably stayed in the oven a few minutes longer, might have been subject to a few more critical conversations in the preparing of it. Still, it's a series I look upon, out of my fondness for Labine, with quasi-paternal indulgence. I recommend it, in spite of its failings.
There are tonal fluctuations, dissonant notes, at least one laborious set-up for a payoff that never comes. There are jokes that make me look aside, and jokes that are so tired, so predictably unpredictable (putting bad words in the mouth of a nun, for instance) that they put the whole enterprise to sleep, until some better gag comes along to rouse it again. But they do come along, the better gags.
Guest stars include Jason Biggs,
When: Anytime, starting Wednesay
Rating: Not rated