Initially I was skeptical about this show purely because of the title, a phrase with a lot of implications and connotations, few of them good. But my assumptions were very wrong as this is all about 20 something Ben Wheeler raising a baby alone in New York after the mother dumps little Emma on unsuspecting Ben, who hadn’t the faintest idea his ex had ever gotten pregnant. Overnight he’s expected to be a responsible father, completely changing his life (for the better, I might add). The Wheeler clan is eccentric, to say the least. Ben is a womanizer to his core, Danny (played by the gorgeous Derek Theler) is a rather dim but good-hearted professional hockey player and Bonnie Wheeler, their mother, is a loud, brassy blonde with no inhibitions.
The two non-familial characters involved are Ben and Danny’s roommate Tucker, and childhood friend Riley. The latter is an interesting girl whom was once-upon-a-time many sizes bigger and has always been in love with Ben, who was too self-obsessed and shallow to notice. This might sound like a soap-opera set-up, but you actually do like the characters despite their flaws and quirks, and the show is quite candid regarding lots of rather serious subjects. Unbelievably funny and ridiculously entertaining, I’ve been enjoying this for several seasons now and it has yet to disappoint. I’m also happy to report it has been renewed for season 5, which pleases me immensely. – BETHANY
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Introductions, going counter-clockwise from the lower left corner: Riley Perrin (Chelsea Kane), Danny Wheeler (Derek Theler), Ben Wheeler (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), Bonnie Wheeler (Melissa Peterman), Tucker Dobbs (Tahj Mowry) and center, Emma Wheeler.
I know it’s a good thing to be comfortable with your body, but come on, Ben!
Matt Dallas as Fitch Douglas, an impossibly perfect guy.
Bonnie and rival realtor Brad (Peter Porte).
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