Review: "Glenn Martin, DDS"

Reason to watch: Stopmotion animation that features the voices of Kevin Nealon and Catherine O'Hara.

When/Where: Monday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon

'Glenn Martin, DDS': Getting laughs is like pulling teeth

From left, Catherine O'Hara (Jackie, the wife), Kevin

From left, Catherine O'Hara (Jackie, the wife), Kevin Nealon (Glenn), Peter Oldring (Conor, the teenage son) in "Glenn Martin, DDS" on Nickelodeon. (Credit: Nick at Nite Photo)

Stop motion is the look here - you know, "Wallace and Gromit" - while this Michael Eisner-produced series actually even uses a laugh track. Glenn (Nealon) is a dentist who decides to pack the family into the Winnebago and head out to the wild beyond; it's one of those "reconnection" maneuvers designed to get closer to wife, Jackie (O'Hara), and teen/near-teen kids, Conor (Peter Oldring) and Courtney (Jackie Clarke). Courtney's pal and gofer, Wendy (Judy Greer), tags along.

Monday night they stop in Amish country, and Glenn rashly tosses the keys into a cornfield, reasoning that this technology-free zone is the perfect place to get his family back to basics.

BOTTOM LINE

Fortunately, the Amish don't have TV sets. If they did see "Glenn," they might launch some sort of class action against Nick and even have a case. But the simple and obvious problem with "Glenn" has absolutely nothing to do with broad Amish stereotypes, harmless though they may, for the most part, be. "Glenn Martin, DDS" simply . . . is . . . not . . . funny . . . (enough).

The pilot is the distillation, or direct reflection, of a thousand shows you've seen before, from "Married . . . With Children" to "The Wild Thornberrys." Finding original humor in this tired old horse of a format may not only be difficult, but close to impossible. Klutzy dad! Bewildered/bemused/longsuffering mom! Kids who speak in acronyms (LOL, etc.) and live inside their iPods! Go ahead - you supply some clever lines. Good luck.

GRADE

C+

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