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‘Dads’ is a dud

From left: Martin Mull, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song, and Seth Green in “Dads.’’
From left: Martin Mull, Giovanni Ribisi, Brenda Song, and Seth Green in “Dads.’’Jennifer Clasen/Fox

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Fox recently decided to use all of the negative advance press for Seth MacFarlane’s “Dads” – and there is plenty of it – in its promotional campaign for the sitcom. The network includes quotes such as “Offensive,” “Reprehensible,” and “Morally Wrong” in an attempt to make the critics appear stuffy. The desired effect of the ad on viewers: “Well the show can’t be THAT bad.”

Don’t fall for Fox’s gambit. The show isn’t exactly “reprehensible,” but it is definitely “tired,” “forced,” “predictable,” “lazy” – choose your own critical adjective that means “bad.” From the too-liberal use of the laugh track to the grumpy-old-men concept and the dusty jokes, “Dads” is a groaner.

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