I never followed the Twitter feed that "$#*! My Dad Says" (CBS, 8:30 tonight) is based on, but I can see that it would be amusing to have random crazy quotes from the mouth of a man who doesn't mince his words.
Shaping those thoughts into a narrative, now that's a challenge, one that has not been accomplished with this show. It is not funny. At all. I don't care how hard the laugh tracks laughs.
William Shatner plays the father Ed, a cranky guy who lives on his own. His son Henry (Jonathan Sadowski) gets laid off from his magazine job and reluctantly needs to go to dad for a handout and a place to land. Bonnie (Nicole Sullivan) and Vince (Will Sasso) play Ed's daughter in law and son from a previous marriage.
I'll give the show's creators credit for thinking up a timely way of getting Ed and Henry in the same place so the insults can fly. But the show plays like that, set up after set up so Ed can say something outlandish. But here's the thing: just like you can't say the actual word in the show's title, Ed's remarks are watered down remarks that don't really sting and aren't really provocative. Archie Bunker served it up 10 times better.
Shatner is Shatner; he's a good actor in some contexts (like Denny Crane) but here he's kind of all over the place. What's worse is the show trades on our awareness that we're watching William Shatner by having Henry do a Shatner impersonation. Yes, they are that desperate.
Because of its odd title, CBS sent out a press release giving instruction on how to DVR "S#*! My Dad Say." I can do better. Just skip it.