We’ve enjoyed every episode except the one about Christmas, which aired this year in August.
Reading the Wall Street Journal, the reason for this saccharine Christmas love fest was because in the episode before a dog was killed. The writers worried this was too heavy for a comedy and a counterweight was needed to remind people this was a feel-good show.
The dog was killed when it leapt after a pigeon and ended up in front a goal post during a free kick. This silly exit, I suppose, was not silly enough to countenance the notion of a dog’s passing.
Jason Sudeikis, who plays the title role, felt for the comedy to be effective, gripping emotional drama is a necessity. I heartily concur – the audience must become roped into the drama for the comedy to hit hard.