This new Netflix show starring Melissa McCarthy just climbed into the top 10

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Netflix’s latest popular new show reminds us that the service loves Melissa McCarthy and its audiences love her too. This new series, which mixes sitcom tropes with fantasy and farce, immediately shot up the charts the day after its debut.

Arriving on Netflix yesterday (Wednesday, June 15), God’s Favorite Idiot found its way into the top half of Netflix’s Top 10 TV Shows in the US Today list, landing at No. 4 (Stranger Things 4, All American, and First Kill sit in front, in that order).

The series, which is only eight episodes long, looks like a potential new hit for Netflix. Not only does it have McCarthy’s star power, but it has a goofy enough premise to span multiple seasons. There is just one problem, which we will address below.

Who is God’s favorite idiot?

Ben Falcone (who happens to be McCarthy’s husband) created and co-starred in God’s Favorite Idiot, a series in which he plays Clark Thompson, a guy who is struck by lightning and then becomes an avatar of God. It all happens because, it seems, he was right next to the wrong big cloud at the wrong time. Shortly after being struck by lightning, the world somehow begins to adjust to his movements. Clearly, the divine is on his side. But he is ignorant.

Meanwhile, his girlfriend Amily Luck (McCarthy) is a chubby office worker. How rough? Well, she mentions that she accidentally roofed herself less than five minutes into the first episode. Once they reconnect, Amily understands that something is happening before Ben – he’s glowing, you see – and she understands that a god (maybe the god) is involved in the situation.

Then Clark finds out that he has to be God’s agent of change to prevent – you guessed it – the apocalypse from happening.

What do critics think of God’s Favorite Idiot?

In a situation that we wish we could say happens less frequently than it does, reviewers aren’t exactly impressed with this popular Netflix Original. To Variety (opens in a new tab), Daniel D’Addario kind of explained that this might have been something Netflix saw coming, as the series “dropped without ever being made available to critics beforehand.” That’s never a good sign, and that’s probably why God’s Favorite Idiot only has five reviews under its belt. Rotten Tomatoes Page (opens in a new tab)where he only scored a 40%.

D’Addario also notes that while fans of McCarthy’s finest films may be excited, God’s Favorite Idiot is the latest in the other half of his oeuvre, noting that the co-star “has made a growing series of films. disastrous film directed by her husband Ben Falcone, including The Boss, Life of the Party and Superintelligence.” And, unsurprisingly, D’Addario was negative on the show, writing “What a waste of precious time in the career of a talented performer, whose fans will follow her anywhere, and who rewards them with so little of what ‘she can do.”

(L to R) Ben Falcone as Clark Thompson, Melissa McCarthy as Amily Luck look at each other while in prayer position in God's Favorite Idiot Episode 107

(Image credit: Vince Valitutti/Netflix)

Daniel Hart of ReadySetCut (opens in a new tab) joined the negative side of the chorus, writing “God’s favorite idiot feels too laid back for his own good. Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy seem to be picking up the check as they venture through each episode and bounce off their secondary characters. no depth or enough emotional reasoning to be truly invested in this universe.”

There is however an advantage. Lucy Mangan at The Guardian (opens in a new tab) notes that “the authentic chemistry between the actor and his co-star hubby elevates those apocalyptic hijinks to the next level.” Her review is only rated three out of five stars, so don’t think she’s exceptionally high on this offering.

Analysis: Should You Watch God’s Favorite Idiot Tonight?

(L to R) Melissa McCarthy as Amily Luck, behind a counter holding a drink talking to Ben Falcone as Clark Thompson in God's Favorite Idiot Episode 104

(Image credit: Vince Valitutti/Netflix)

Fans of McCarthys (which Netflix is ​​clearly banking on) will likely watch if they haven’t already. She’s not reinventing the wheel or anything here, but this show feels like a standard goofy sitcom that people who want such a thing will devour in the roughly 4 hours it takes to complete its eight half-length episodes. hour.

That said, I will not be one of them. I’m always looking for a new show to watch, but damn it (pun intended) I haven’t found any motivation to keep watching this show after I started it earlier this morning. It could be a decent “laundry-folding” TV, but that’s about it. I definitely don’t think this will earn a spot on our best Netflix shows list.

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