CBS Monday Season Premieres

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Monday CBS ComedyCBS Comedy Monday Night is back full throttle. How I Met Your Mother anchors the night, with Jenna Elfman’s Accidentally on Purpose taking the lead in and the excellent Big Bang Theory moving to 9:30.

HIMYM started off on very safe and even. Nothing distinguished the episode from a normal one (it didn’t feel very premiere-like). Not to say it wasn’t good, just not that memorable or legen…dary. I think they handled the Barney/Robin situation quite well. It was a nice balance, and does fit the character personalities. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

The new Jenna Elfman comedy Accidentally on Purpose left me with mixed feelings. I believe the events in the pilot should have been stretched out over 2-3 episodes. Everything moved to fast. We’ve seen this story before (“Knocked Up”) so we knew where it was going. Why did we have to rush to get to the end? We couldn’t savor the story, or get to know the characters (even on sitcom terms). That being said, Elfman was entertaining as always, so I will be giving this one a chance.

Big Bang Theory was the highlight of the night. Again here, the coupling of two main characters was handled well (Penny/Leonard). Having Penny jump Leonard immediately completely took the will they/won’t they question off the table (which can get annoying). I hope that they keep the relationship going a while, and don’t pull a bad “Ross/Rachel” on us. The episode was full of hilarity (“That’s why I added the -tator”), and sets up the season nicely. Jim Parsons (Sheldon) was a good as ever (should have won the Emmy). Next to Curb, this is the best sitcom on television, and it didn’t disappoint.

Of course you may notice I skipped over an entire show; Two and a Half Men. I don’t watch this show anymore. I gave it a chance several times and find it a very overrated piece of garbage. It is a waste of the talent of Sheen and Cryer. It’s telling that the night is bookended by HIMYM and BBT. Even CBS knows where the quality lies.

What did you think of Elfman’s new show? How about Barney/Robin or Penny/Leonard? Did CBS comedy start off with a bang? Leave your thoughts below.