Go On: 4 reasons to watch Matthew Perry's sitcom (at least once)

The Friends star tries a darker kind of funny in NBC's problematic but still promising fall comedy — which the network previewed after Wednesday's Olympics

Matthew Perry
(Image credit: Justin Lubin/NBC)

After NBC wrapped its Olympics coverage on Wednesday night, it previewed the pilot episode of Go On, the upcoming Matthew Perry sitcom the network has promoted so mercilessly during the games. In the series, which premieres Sept. 10, Perry (Friends, Studio 60) deploys his trademark snarky schtick to play Ryan King, a sports radio jockey whose wife has just died. Forced by his boss (John Cho) to join a sad-sack grief counseling group, Ryan quickly becomes its de facto leader. While the underwhelming pilot is being dissed as a rip-off of Community — whose main character also unwillingly becomes the leader of a ragtag group — its defenders are willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt. Here four reasons to sample Go On:

1. Other so-so comedy pilots have gone on to be winning shows

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