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"Baby Bob" Review

By Shawn McKenzie 03/19/2002

Trailers.  They can be misleading, or they can be spot-on.  In the case of CBS's new Monday night show "Baby Bob," it is the latter.

If you saw the trailers for this show, you probably thought, "Boy, this looks dumb!"  You were right on.  It is incredibly dumb...but it is cute too.  Even though I kept hearing the "Mr.. Ed" theme in my head as I watched it, I was charmed occasionally by the show's cute factor.

In case you are not already familiar with the source material, "Baby Bob" is a show built around the spokesbaby commercials for the now-defunct web site FreeInternet.com. Adam Arkin ("Chicago Hope") and Joely Fisher ("Ellen") play the parents of a baby who can suddenly talk.  Instead of saying "mama" or "dada," it speaks in fluent sentences (voiced by Ken Hudson Campbell.)  They decide to keep the fact a secret (even though Bob's babysitter knows too.)

The whole first episode was the set-up for the gimmick of the show, so I may have to take the dumbness with a grain of salt.  I love set-up in dramas, but in high-concept sitcoms like "Baby Bob," I tend to sway.  I'll give it one more week and I will finally make up my mind (as soon as I see a "typical" episode.)  The baby is cute, and some of the things he said was funny, or at least funny-sounding coming from a baby with a grown-up voice.

Give it a try yourself.  There are worse things to watch between "King Of Queens" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (No, I'm not talking about "Yes, Dear."  I actually like that show!)


Ratings System:


Try to catch this show every week...

If a better show is on, tape this one...

If nothing else is on, maybe this will be good...

If this show is on, change the channel immediately!


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