A.P. Bio (Season 1) (2018)

Starring Glenn Howerton of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” this sitcom has some truly hilarious moments even if it doesn’t always come together. The general concept is intriguing, given that it exploits the substandard American education system as part of its narrative arc and manages to make a few incisive points along the way. Howerton himself makes a serviceable leading man here, bringing the same aggressive, caustic flippancy to his role here that he does in “Always Sunny,” but it’s Patton Oswalt who emerges as the season’s MVP. However, it’s hard not to notice that the supporting characters aren’t particularly well-developed or utilized by the writers, which means that some episodes feel overstuffed (although Paula Pell manages to stand out as Helen thanks to a manic comic energy). Overall it’s a strong show that needs some fine-tuning here and there, but there’s plenty of potential for this to become a great show.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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