“Father Quit Humiliating Me!” isn’t by and large attempting to rethink the multi-cam sitcom wheel. The new Netflix parody, featuring and leader delivered by television veteran Jamie Foxx, follows single Atlanta business person Brian (Foxx) who out of nowhere needs to father his young little girl Sasha (Kyla-Drew) after her mom’s troublesome passing, a lot to their common attentiveness. Brian’s enthusiasm humiliates Sasha, Sasha’s obstinacy baffles Brian; flush, wash, rehash. Regardless of some key TikTok references and each scene title appearing as a hashtag, there’s very little about “Father Quit Humiliating Me!” that secures it to 2021 past the way that it is chief delivered by Foxx and his genuine girl, Corinne Foxx.
In the long custom of sitcoms about tumultuous individuals haphazardly acquiring kids, Brian’s not absolutely alone. His free sister Chelsea (Porscha Coleman) assumes the urgent part of Sasha’s fun and common auntie, while his wacky dad (Foxx’s previous “In Living Tone” co-star David Alan Grier) keeps things bizarre through his powerful facial hair and cloudiness of (lawful!) pot smoke. Balancing the cast are Heather Hemmens as Stacy’s, Brian’s righthand lady and past adoration interest, Valente Rodriguez as lazy jack of all trades Manny, and Jonathan Kite as Johnny, Brian’s closest companion from secondary school who’s as of now a cop (if a totally pointless one, per the show’s unshakable zingers). It takes a town, or if nothing else a diverse team of nonconformists, to raise a high schooler.
Coordinated by sitcom staple Ken Whittingham and showrunner Bentley Kyle Evans, “Father Quit Humiliating Me!” adheres to the multi-cam fundamentals. There’s serious stuff that can’t be followed with a droll outcry point, nor any point that can’t be earnestly underlined with a misrepresented response from a concealed crowd. Characters even go to the camera to address the watcher straightforwardly — a gadget the show utilizes either inconsistently or continually, contingent upon the scene.
There’s nearly something alleviating about how unsurprising it is, directly down to the dusty zingers strung all through each scene. (Only one model: when Brian strolls in on Chelsea and Johnny in a bargaining position at a gathering for his business, he shouts, “I came in here to get my business cards, not to discover you giving my sister the business,” to which Johnny answers, “you said it was a spring up!” with a rehearsed “who me?” smile.) In any event, when the jokes are frail — and they frequently are — they’re adequately direct to let the cast, especially the reliably great Grier, riff in a mostly convincing way.
With just eight scenes for its first season, “Father Quit Humiliating Me!” burns through brief period managing the outcome of its genuinely created premise. Sasha’s mother is generally a reference; we have no clue about how she and Brian met, who she was personally, or what her and Sasha’s life resembled before she kicked the bucket. The vast majority of this first season, truth be told, feels like a second season for how rapidly it jumps into Sasha and Brian’s new coexistence. Sasha even makes a dearest companion in Johnny’s girl Zia (Wonder Rules) offscreen.