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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The best TV show you are probably not watching

There is a new half hour family comedy that showed up on network TV, ABC to be exact, and I can’t say enough good things about it.

Alex, Inc.

Starring Zach Braff, Tiya Sircar, Elisha Henig, Audyssie James, Michael Imperioli and Hillary Anne Matthews.

The story as it is shown is about Alex who decides to start his own podcast company. To me though the show is about family and how family comes together to support and love through all the craziness that life brings.

The extra bonus to the show is that Alex’s wife is Hindu and you get to see inside that culture. It is most apparent in the episode The Mother-in-Law when she visits to help with the family as Alex tries to get his business going. They talk about Holi and even try to go to a Holi celebration but Alex didn’t read the fine print on the celebration and it isn’t exactly what they were expecting.

I miss family shows. Happy, healthy, real, less drama, poignant family shows. There was The Neighbors, Parenthood, and The Middle (ending this season), just light, good shows, clever at times, shows I could identify with more than not. Alex, Inc. brings that back to my life.

Yes, there are still some odd things in the show but I can easily get past them or overlook them because I am just happy to see a family work together and be happy.

I highly recommend trying it out. I have two stories to tell in relation:

1) Zach Braff did a movie called “Wish I Was Here” and it was a tough, harsh, amazing film. A film that I originally turned off and didn’t finish because of the language and some of the scenes. But I went back for the second half one day and I am forever happy I did. It is an amazing film about perseverance, family and overcoming life. I see Alex, Inc. as the cleaner, sweeter side of the character Zach played in this movie and I enjoy seeing the other side of his life played out here.

2) When my iPhone updated to the new calendar there was new items listed that I did not put on my calendar. One was Holi - which I firmly believed was an error on the calendar. That the actual holiday just didn’t finish loading its name on the day. Fast forward to April 18th and Alex, Inc. episode 5 and here Holi is a Hindu holiday! It is the “festival of colors” and how it works into this episode is brilliant and beautiful. In fact, that is exactly what I wrote in my tweet about the show and Zach Braff answered:

Check your local listings and let me know if you see what I see in it.

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