Angel from Hell is an American TV show that premiered on January 7, 2016. The single-camera sitcom is presently broadcasting its first season. The show is created by Tad Quill for CBS network. It stars Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kevin Pollak, and Kyle Bornheimer. Tad Quill is also the executive producer of the show along with Don Scardino.
The show revolves around the life an Allison Fuller, who is a practicing dermatologist in her father’s clinic. She is a multitasker, perfectionist, smart and ambitious. While she and her father have been quite successful as doctors, her brother is inexplicably quite a mess in himself and lives above her garage. There are not many ups or downs in Allison’s life, which is another way of saying that she leads quite a monotonous life. In this life of hers enters Amy. Amy is a constantly inebriated nut, who claims to be the guardian angel of Fuller. To prove her story, she shares a couple of secrets of Allison’s life that nobody else could know – facts like where Allison got her first period, or that she farted when she got her first orgasm. This catches Allison’s attention, but she is not completely convinced of this either.
As Amy begins to start appearing (stalking?) in front of Allison time and again, she slowly starts letting Amy into her life. Amy claims that because of her shabby work as Allison’s guardian angel so far, she has been given one last chance to rectify it. Allison doesn’t completely believe her, but she is need of that “weird friend”, who is honest, caring and outspoken about her views on what Allison should and should not do.
Jane Lynch plays the role of the eccentric Amy with an absolutely unbelievable background story. She claims to be an angel, when everything about her demeanor suggests otherwise. However, her predictions inexplicably turn out to come true always. Jane is one of the most loved television actors and has to her credits shows such as Glee, and Role Models. She even appeared as a child psychiatrist in the CBS show, Two and a Half Men, in which she also occasionally treated Charlie. Her very presence in the show brings a bevy of her fans as the audience.
The role of Allison Fuller is played by Maggie Lawson, who has to her credits Psych, Inside Schwartz, It’s All Relative, and others. She is a successful dermatologist and leads an overall pleasant, if not monotonous, life. She has a brother, Brad Fuller (played by Kyle Bornheimer), and a father, Marv Fuller (Kevin Pollak). Her father is also her boss and a dermatologist himself.
Tad Quill got the idea for the show when he was thinking about another show, Bewitched. He was wondering what it would be like if a real guardian angel would come into someone’s life in the twenty first century. He felt that the angel would be taken for crazy. Yet, people would have some hope in them that the angel was real. To make things funnier, Tad made the angel quite eccentric as well, to make her less believable to the person she meets. In fact, Tad even took the audience on a ride making them wonder whether Amy really is an angel or not. The show brings together Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson again. They had previously worked together in Psych.
Before its airing, the show had managed to capture the attention of many a people. The very presence of Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson as the cast of the show had made it quite a hit among their fans. Over the years, Jane has delivered some pretty amazing performances and it was quite natural to expect quality humor from Angel from Hell too. However, the cast of the show remains the only highlight of the show. Since the show has premiered, it has steadily lost its viewership and it is not difficult to see why.
The show’s humor is quite bland, and it leaves the cast working hard, really hard, to bring some smiles on the faces of the audience. In fact, the cast does an excellent job of breathing some life and liveliness into this fantasy drama. Thanks to Jane’s voice and timing, the absolutely unfunny jokes tend to get some semblance of jokes. Moreover, Kyle Bornheimer and Kevin Pollack, who have also managed to give excellent performances, hardly have much screen time. The show fails to realize the potential of the cast too.
However, the biggest issue with the show is that it fails to give a good enough reason for Amy’s presence in Allison’s life. The much touted “boring” life that she is supposedly leading hardly makes the case for Amy’s sudden arrival. In fact, Allison has been quite a successful person, and leads a pretty happy life. Sure, she is not married, Big Deal! But that doesn’t mean that she is in need of any saving. She is a doctor, has an outstanding support system in her father and brother, and even supports her brother. She may say an angry thing or two to her friends occasionally, but who doesn’t! Granted, her taste in boyfriend recently isn’t something that deserves any praise, but if everyone starts needing a guardian angel for these silly problems, then there would be more angels walking this earth than the people themselves.
This is undoubtedly a Jane Lynch show. Yet, the rest of the cast has managed to make their mark felt too. So, in a nutshell the performances of the people involved have been great, but the showmakers should make it their urgent priority to improve the humor and plot of the show. Moreover, there are many gaping plot holes, which need to be fixed by the team.
It should also be noted that the show courted some controversy from organizations such as One Million Moms and Parents Television Council for its vulgar language. But, that is only expected from a show that was designed to replace Two and a Half Men. In fact, compared to it, Angel from Hell has been a very watered down affair.