Rickey Smiley Sitcom Is Bad … Really Bad

Funnyman Rickey Smiley is riding high right now. After years of expressing his desire to be viewed as a national entertainer, much in the vein of Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer, the Alabama native is finally getting his due. Smiley now has not one, but two national television shows on air, both debuting recently. The first, and more compelling, is a syndicated gossip show called “Dish Nation” where five radio stations from around the country takes comedic jabs at the current happenings around the world. This fits Smiley’s persona, as the cameras catch him in his natural element, where he is able to be the stand-up comedian that he is. That’s the good news.

But his second show, the scripted sitcom which debuted last night on TV One, is an utter train wreck. Co-starring J Anthony Brown, Ray J and Roz Ryan, the show takes a look at Smiley’s real life as a single dad of three. After the first five minutes of the show, I found myself frantically searching online to discover the names of the writers, director, and producers of this poor quality show. Every aspect, from the acting on down, felt more like an amateur play than a polished television product.

Surely this was a joke, right? Unfortunately, the joke was on the viewer, as the show went from bad to worse with each passing minute. The sad reality from Smiley’s sitcom debut is that it only reinforced a shocking truth: T.I. and Tiny are officially the best bet for black family entertainment on television.

God bless America.

DeWayne Rogers
DeWayne Rogers

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  1. I wanted this show to work because I have had enough of the on air cat fights and us believing that high fashion means more to us than order and decency…but I have to agree the show needs a whole hell of alot of work!!! I have however committed to giving it a chance.

  2. I think I had the same response. When this reviewer says “every aspect” of this show is bad I mean literally every aspect of it is. From the acting, camera angels, jokes, story lines, I really can’t find much to say positive about it. As far as acting I think Roz Ryan does a great job as a veteran comedic actor but the material she’s given is flat. Ricky, J Anthony Brown, and Ray J’s acting is really bad. I gave the episode a chance thinking ok maybe it will get better as it goes but it didn’t. It pains me because Ricky is one of my favorite comedians. I’ll Tvo it and try to catch more episodes in the hopes that they’re just working the kinks out.

  3. The show is terrible indeed. The best show we had from a black comedian in recent memory is Martin and Bernie Mac, the the latter being a model for a successful black family with a great storyline.

    Rickey needs to reboot this show. It’s corny coonery at best.

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