About six weeks ago, I reviewed the pilot episode of "Better With You" after seeing it at Lilith Fair. I watched the episode again tonight when it aired on ABC, and I actually think I liked it better. More importantly, my feelings on the long-term prospects for the show have improved.
Back in August, I felt like the show needed to break beyond the typical sitcom format to succeed, but now I actually think it can succeed by being itself (but better! I'm sorry! But I mean it!). Mostly, I think it can succeed because of the sheer force of will of Joanna Garcia, who is beyond adorable. Looking back on "Privileged" (one of my guilty pleasure shows from a few years back), Garcia was stuck in a tough situation, being the lead character in an ensemble cast where so many of the other characters appeared contemptible. But "Better With You"'s ensemble has a lovability that's right on the surface, which should make the show more accessible (it also helps that it's on ABC, rather than The CW, which has a built-in bias to overcome).
I'm definitely interested to see an episode of "Better With You" that I haven't already seen (and one that doesn't have to spend so much of its time establishing the characters), but I enjoyed this one more on second viewing, which bodes well for the series. Casey, the fiancé of Garcia's Mia, actually seemed kind of funny, rather than stupidly annoying like he did when I first saw the episode. As I wrote back in August, the show's not perfect. But, from what I saw tonight, I'm not sure it needs to be perfect to be good.