Just finished watching it on Hulu.
I think Fuller lost the network in the first three minutes when
Don’t get me wrong. I thought some of it was fun for us geeks but I think the network, given the brand, wanted something a little more “family friendly” than a TV-14 show.
O’Connell’s Herman was likeable but, for lack of better term, too intelligent and “deep.” Herman doesn’t need to be a complete dullard with bolts in his neck, but I think it needed more of a good natured, slightly awkward, father...more of gentle giant than zombified male model. I understand having Herman looking like the Universal Frankenstein monster wouldn't work in today's world but Herman should still be a big lunky guy that is a bit like a big child. In many ways, Cheyenne Jackson (the scoutmaster) would have been a better Herman. Patrick Warbuton, even with O’Connell’s subdued makeup, would have killed in this role (no pun intended).
My favorite moment with Herman was when
. That echoed back to the original series and how Herman and Grandpa would come up with some wacky scheme and Lily would chastise them both.
Izzard was good. He’s always good. Clearly, the highlight of the show.
I appreciated the fact that Fuller didn’t go for the easy joke of having
Happily though he was above that.
I was a bit disappointed with Del Rossi. She’s proven on other shows, including “Better Off Ted” and “Arrested Development” that she can deftly balance being likeable and vampish. Yet, ironically enough, here she played an actual vampire and she made her character extremely sweet and actually a little bland.
I liked the kid that played Eddie. He did a good job playing normal, but self aware.
I didn’t care for Marilyn at all. She was much a caricature of a 1950s ingenue. Why would they spend so much time supposedly ‘updating’ the show and then have someone who looks and acts like she’s from five decades earlier as a major part of the family?
at the end was a nice touch.
Overall, I think it would have worked better as a movie and/or a recast/slightly rewritten Herman.