(CNN)After an extended supporting run on “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik is again entrance and heart in “Call Me Kat,” a Fox sitcom that feels so drained and dated it is tempting to double-check the yr. Loosely tailored from the British comedy “Miranda,” the present revels in pratfalls, however none larger than the banana peel it retains slipping on in its pursuit of snickers.
Bialik’s Kat is 39 and nonetheless single, a indisputable fact that she has to repeatedly clarify to her widowed mother (Swoosie Kurtz). That marital standing has solely emboldened her to reside out her dream by opening a cat cafe, the place her staff embrace a baker performed by sitcom veteran Leslie Jordan, who does what he can to boost the fabric.
The important wrinkle within the presentation — and lord is aware of it is not a brand new one — entails Kat repeatedly breaking the fourth wall and talking on to the viewers, expressing her insecurities and awkwardness. Bialik was excellent at that in “Big Bang,” however due to the predictable writing right here, it is largely an enormous bore.
As for the story, the brand new improvement in Kat’s life facilities on the return of Max (Cheyenne Jackson), a man upon whom she had a significant crush again in faculty. He’s amiable and single, however her discomfort round him — and the literal collisions that yields — begins to develop tedious even earlier than the pilot episode ends.
Fox made 4 episodes accessible, and there’s some modest serialized development to Kat’s story, however not sufficient to plant a lot of a hook. There are moments of sweetness and vulnerability, however the nicest factor one can say is that everybody throws their all into the sillier elements, full with closing credit by which the forged playfully waves goodbye, taking a curtain name for the present they only placed on for you.