Max Jennifer is a true believer in life on other planets. Now, if only he could get a life on his own planet, where he has been waiting for his wife to come home.
She was abducted by aliens, you see.
Max (Adam Scott) and Leroy (Craig Robinson), a former LAPD cop who’s now a mall cop, are recruited by a secret government organization called the Bureau Underground to rescue a guy who’s been “ghosted,” in the delightfully loopy Fox comedy of the same name premiering on Sunday.
The series shows that you can make a crazy idea work if the cast, writer and director are on the same page. The single-camera sitcom was created by Tom Gormican and directed by Jonathan Krisel.
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Max and Leroy don’t know each other when they are separately zapped unconscious, thrown into the back of a van and transported to the secret headquarters of Bureau Underground. They were chosen to rescue a secret agent who has been abducted by mysterious forces. Turns out, the agent believes in Max’s theory of multiple universes. Max wrote a book on the subject when he was teaching at Stanford, before his life and career crumbled and he ended up working in a book store.
The bureau is run by the no-nonsense Captain Ava Lafrey (Ally Walker), with the assistance of the Barry (Adeel Akhtar).
The script is loose, chatty and casual, but it’s the chemistry between Scott and Robinson that seals the deal on the comedy. The plot is only minimally important, at least in the pilot. It does what a first episode should do, which is to establish the situation. But more importantly, we get a taste of how Scott and Robinson play off each other like a modern-day Laurel and Hardy.
‘Ghosted’ debuts at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 on Fox.