WB's 'Grounded for Life' is same old grind

Friday, September 5, 2003

The summer repeat season is coming to an end. Fox already kicked off its fall season with episodes of the new soap "The O.C.," and tonight the former Fox comedy "Grounded for Life" (8 p.m., WB) begins its second season on The WB with an hourlong episode.

For the uninitiated, "Grounded" stars Donal Logue and Megyn Price as Sean and Claudia, working-class parents in Staten Island, N.Y., trying to raise three kids while still striving to stay as frisky and "cool" as they were in high school way back in the 1980s. It's not a pretty sight. Claudia, Sean's high school sweetheart, endures her hubby's shenanigans with bemused affection. In other words, she plays Alice to his Ralph -- if you can imagine the cast of "The Honeymooners" spending their time at a Ramones concert. Yes, "Grounded" follows in television's long tradition of depicting working-class dads as boorish, clueless dolts, prone to violence and self-delusion.

In tonight's predictable season opener, Sean flips out when he discovers that his eldest daughter, Lily, has had sex with the boy next door. Sean reacts with much sputtering and spends some free time destroying Christmas decorations.