“A to Z” is making its debut on NBC this coming Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. The romantic comedy stars Cristin Milioti (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”) as opposites who start dating each other and the show will chart the progress of their relationship from A to Z. We’ve come up with five best reasons to why it’s a must-watch. Check it out below.
The characters are likeable.
Zelda is adorable and Andrew brings the same charming vibe. They are cute together, but in just the right way and never to the point of annoying. The casting did a good job picking Milioti and Feldman for the parts, as their chemistry is perfect. They make the show work. There are also scene stealers in the supporting cast.
The story will make you nostalgic about classic rom-coms.
A few have described the series as somewhat similar to “500 Days of Summer,” and there are shades of “How I Met Your Mother” you’ll probably see from the first episode. The creator is a big fan of romantic comedies and even admits to loving “The Mindy Project,” which does a lot of rom-com references on their shows. “A t Z” will be purely rom-com and not just self-referential.
The story will follow a specific timeline. But don’t be put off by this.
You’ll hear “8 months, 3 weeks, 5 days and 1 hour” being reference in the pilot episode, however, it’s was set up by the writers to bring structure to their story, and as a “fun-ticking clock,” according to Ben Queen, the show’s creator, as published in the TV Addict. The episodes will also follow an alphabetical pattern to outline the theme of what will happen in the story. For instance, the pilot is aptly named “A for Acquaintances.” You can read the advance recap here. So, given all these, expect the show to be well put together when it comes to the story.
It’s a smart, fast-paced show that knows its audience.
While it’s very structured and does a throwback to 90s rom-coms, it’s also current. There are plenty of meta jokes and some flashbacks that make use of sharp humor. There are still room for improvements, but the pilot is delightful overall. “A to Z” makes use of a lot of elements that kids today will understand, such as social media, dating sites and streaming television, so the show’s cast and crew is hopeful this will resonate well to its target demographic.
Cristin Milioti finally gets to star in her own show.
Fans of “How I Met Your Mother” were shortchanged that the actress, who played the adorable Tracy in the last series, didn’t get to be part of HIMYM for a long time. “A to Z” will hopefully correct that and allow the actress to be adorable on TV for many, many more seasons.
Catch “A to Z” beginning this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC. For more about this show, we’ll be doing the recaps and updates regularly here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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