THE CREW (2021) - Season 1
The Crew isn’t a type of show that I typically enjoy, so when the first episode came to a close, my opinion hadn’t changed much. However, it was a quick watch and with only ten episodes, I decided to fall down the rabbit hole anyhow. Now with an entire season under my belt, I must say, the show is definitely not great, but I’m also fully invested and looking forward to more.
After Kings of Queens, Kevin James took a break from television but returned for a few years with Kevin Can Wait, which ran from 2016 to 2018. Now in 2021 we have another return of the once “king” of sitcoms, and to be honest, The Crew is weak at the start, but once the characters start to grow on you, the simple plot devices work well; after five episodes the final half of the season gains steam.
It’s important to note that the series is advertised as a Kevin James Nascar comedy, but Nascar fans should go in knowing it’s less of a comedy for Nascar fans and more just a Nascar themed workplace comedy. Nascar plays such a small part in the series, and it’s more of a backdrop for these particular characters to interact in. Alone, none of the characters stand out (not even Kevin James’ Kevin), but together the jokes work half of the time.
Having Nascar as a major theme also comes with major product placements throughout, as almost every scene has some kind of advertisement, and most of the time is used within a joke or two within the episode. The amount of consistent, in-your-face ads popping up every other scene can be nauseating. This is something that is incredibly heavy in the first half of the series, but to my memory shrinks by the final episode.
The Crew won’t become anyone’s new go-to, but fans of Kevin James may find an awkward yet funny distraction and a new easy to binge comfort show in the form of a ‘00s style sitcom.