ABC came through tonight with the premiere of “A Million Little Things.” I got exactly what I came for: a tearjerker led by the comforting faces of Romany Malco (Weeds/Blunt Talk) and James Roday (Psych).
Here’s the thing: the show actually names and talks about depression, and that’s significant. They address the experience of depression that can lead to suicide, and it’s clear that the show has put a lot of care into the script. I’d highly anticipated this show because of the leads, but I honestly didn’t expect this level of nuance. I don’t know that “dramedy” accurately describes the tone but there are plenty of the funny moments that occur even at our worst times.
I really have just one missed connection about the show. There’s a point at which it occured to me that it’s possible that two of the male friends have had an affair with each other. This was’t the case, and I was disappointed. But otherwise I did really enjoy (crying through) it.
I’m always surprised by the shows that I stick with throughout the season to watch live. But I have a feeling that Wednesday nights at 10 I’ll be watching this one, ABC.