There are a lot of great new television sitcoms that began this fall, two of which happen to be on different networks, but have the same concept. ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story” and NBC’s “A to Z” follow two people that go about their everyday lives and realize that the person that they’ve been pining over is right around the corner.
It happens a little differently in each of the series, but the journey to find true love is more difficult than what the people in these series think. These stories portray relationships among two strangers who are near each other every day yet never bump into each other until fate intervenes.
“Manhattan Love Story” is a spectacular, comedic, and romantic show that features Analeigh Tipton as Dana and Jake McDorman as Peter. Peter and Dana are two New Yorkers who walk to work every day with unfiltered internal monologue, checking each other out, but never actually met each other. That was until one day Dana’s roommate Amy (played by Jade Catta-Preta) set up her best friend who had just moved to New York on a blind date with her husband, David’s (played by Nicolas Wright) best friend. Therefore this paved the way for Dana and Peter to begin dating.
The first couple of episodes have been very comedic and very sincere. It shows the complications and awkwardness of a couple on screen that exhibits dating complications in today’s society. It also shows how someone completely unexpected can turn out changing who you are for the better. The once narcissistic and egotistical Peter turned out to find someone that he genuinely cares about. They are both changing for the better throughout their relationship.
“A to Z” is a titillating romantic comedy about two people, Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti), who have been associated with each other on several occasions, but never actually met. That was until Zelda showed up for a meeting at Andrew’s company’s building but mistakenly went to his section. His best friend Stu (Henry Zebrowski) then coaxed Andrew into talking to her and showing her where she needed to go. This show seems to believe in fate, even their names are in the title of the show, insinuating that these two were meant to find each other and eventually meet in the middle.
The premise of this show resembles the premise of “Manhattan Love Story,” except for the fact that in this show, A to Z covers their entire dating relationship. Each letter of the alphabet is used to name each episode of the series. Their relationship has already been narrated designating the exact length of their relationship (eight months, three weeks, five days, and one hour). This seems to make the show very predictable and easier for viewers to understand, but the only question that’s up for debate is what is going to happen when the length of their relationship ends: Will they get engaged or break up?
Both of these sitcoms made a big impact into today’s television shows. For the first time in a while, the concept of a dating/relationship romantic comedy has been brought back to a television series. These shows feature two very different premises, but focus on the same concept. The lightheartedness of “Manhattan Love Story” and the conciseness of “A to Z” are very intriguing but frankly “A to Z” seems too predictable to make the show last long. As the fall sitcoms play out, only time will tell if they will have a long standing in the network of sitcoms.