If you intend to be home watching TV on Friday night, let me recommend that you skip Truth Be Told. Debuting on October 16 on NBC at 8:30 PM, the Tone Bell and Mark-Paul Gosselaar led sitcom is, as my video review above says, simply terrible.
And maybe the worst part is it doesn’t have to be as the recently renewed and quite sharp The Carmichael Show revealed. That other NBC show showed that, in fact, topics of race and class in America could indeed be poignantly addressed for the primetime comedy audience. Truth Be Told, on the other hand, simply reduces the issues to a stack of clichés – at least from what I’ve seen.
The basic gist of TBT is the interracial interplay and supposed insights between best pals and upper middle class neighbors Russell and Mitch. The former is a stand-up comedian, played by Bell, and the latter is a college ethics professor, played by Gosselaar. The duo, along with their Vanessa Lachey and Bresha Webb portrayed wives, riff on a wide-range of matters but the show stays stuck in a sitcom low gear. Seeking edge and to be part of a very important conversation, the Will Packer and DJ Nash EP’d series, which was once known as People Are Talking, just offers a lot of blunt and soft shtick – which is really a shame.
So take a look at my Truth Be Told video review and tell us what you think.