Watching: A New Comedy

Turns out The Rock was cooking a show.

By Margaret Lyons

Dear Watchers,

HBO announced last week that the revival of “In Treatment,” starring Uzo Aduba as the central therapist, will premiere in May. I can’t wait.

Have a lovely and safe week.

I want a family sitcom

From left, Joseph Lee Anderson, Adrian Groulx and Stacey Leilua in “Young Rock.”Mark Taylor

‘Young Rock’

When to watch: Tuesday at 8 p.m., on NBC.

This new comedy about Dwayne Johnson’s childhood is on NBC, but it feels a lot like ABC’s single-camera comedies, especially “Fresh Off the Boat” — no shock there, as Nahnatchka Khan is the creator here, too. That similarity is not a bad thing: “Young Rock” has its ideas and voice down from the get-go, and it’s the most solid comedy pilot I’ve seen in a while. The Rock plays himself in 2032, where in the world of the show, he’s running for president. Episodes flash back to him as a little kid (when he’s known as Dewey), as a 15-year-old and as an 18-year-old.


“Young Rock” is well cast and well paced, and there’s plenty of fun to be had in the scrappy and theatrical world of vintage pro wrestling. In the three episodes made available for review, the show is warm and loving, especially the one where Andre the Giant babysits Dewey for a day. I just wish “Young Rock” aired in two-episode blocs because the split timelines mean each story gets slightly less than its full due.

Also this week

From left, Kofi Siriboe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Rutina Wesley in the season premiere of “Queen Sugar.”OWN
  • Season 5 of “Queen Sugar” starts Tuesday at 8 p.m. on OWN.
  • “Bad Habits, Holy Orders,” a British reality show about five “party girls” who move into a convent, arrives on Hulu on Tuesday.
  • Kenan Thompson’s new sitcom, “Kenan,” about a widower dad, premieres Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The pilot is very pilot-y.
  • PBS has a two-part documentary “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” airing Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 p.m. (check local listings).
  • “Good Trouble” returns for its third season Wednesday at 10 p.m. on Freeform.
  • “It’s a Sin,” a new five-part series from Russell T Davies, arrives on HBO Max on Thursday.


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