A little sturdier than in its first season, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” grows more comfortable with itself and its characters in this second season, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus remaining its primary comedic weapon. The writing is somewhere between lightly edgy and milquetoast broadcast television standards, but at least the performers are able to extract all the humor from the tepid writing to make each scene at least humorous (if not often laugh-out-loud funny). It’s great to see more of Wanda Sykes as Christine’s best friend and business partner, because Sykes and Louis-Dreyfus have warm, lived-in chemistry that makes their friendship completely believable, and it’s the core relationship that helps the show find its heart over the course of the season. Recurring guest star Blair Underwood makes a charming late-season addition, and it’s also nice that the show gives supporting players Tricia O’Kelley and Alex Kapp more to do, because their interactions with Louis-Dreyfus provide most of the show’s home-run laughs.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)