For decades, sitcoms dominated the TV landscape. If you looked at the ratings each TV season, it wouldn’t be unusual to find that at least half of the top ten shows were comedies. (In 1978, 60 Minutes was the only non-comedy to make the list!) But that all changed in the new millennium. Between the rise of reality programming and high-profile dramas, top-rated comedies became harder and harder to find. Shockingly, between the sign-off of Everybody Loves Raymond and the ascension of The Big Bang Theory, six years passed without a single comedy in the season-end top ten! Despite the genre’s struggles, CBS has stuck by the traditional comedy. Along with Big Bang, its lineup features conventional sitcoms like Mom, Man With A Plan, Superior Donuts and Kevin Can Wait. They’re adding to that roster this fall with 9JKL. Created by and starring Mark Feuerstein, it’s based on his real-life story, when he lived in Apartment 9K, sandwiched between other family members in 9J and 9L. The cast also includes veteran actors Elliot Gould and Linda Lavin. After taking a look at the first-look feature CBS has produced, are you ready to move into the building with them?
9JKL premieres Monday, October 2 on CBS.