Bless This Mess
Dax Shepard and Lake Bell are grabbing the rural bull by the horns as city slickers Mike and Rio Levine-Young, a couple who swap New York for Nebraska’s farmlands in comedy show Bless This Mess.
It’s a formulaic comedy. But that’s a good thing. Because you know that there’s something on the way, but nothing can prepare you for the trouble that Mike and Rio get themselves into. It’s no surprise that their inherited farm is nothing like the photo – it’s run down, and as Mike says, “This will be a fun challenge”, they fall through the floor into the basement. That’s just the start.
The humour is dry. The script is smart. The six episodes rush by and you’ll be shouting, “More! Give me more!” And the cast has a couple of gems beside Dax and Lake. Pam Grier is her usual in-your-face loud as the local storekeeper and town sheriff, while Ed Begley Jr plays hilariously senile neighbour Rudy.
Caroline Framke from variety.com says that while “the show may live and die by how quickly the writers and cast can gel into dynamics, there’s no doubt that they’re game. Lake is a sharp writer and director. And in their one brief scene together, Begley and Grier instantly click into an oddball rhythm that almost steals the entire show.”
IMDB rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 82%