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"Chad," a single-camera comedy, follows a 14-year-old pubescent Persian boy (Nasim Pedrad) as he navigates his first year of high school on a mission to become popular. Chad's friendships and sanity are pushed to the limits as he uses every tactic at his disposal to befriend the cool kids, while enduring his mother's new dating life and reconciling with his cultural identity. Pedrad, who first made her mark on "Saturday Night Live," is also creator, writer, executive producer and showrunner on "Chad."

Half hour comedy on TBS, Tuesdays, 10:30pm. Premiered April 6.

 

As even Pedrad described it, it's rather cringey, especially with how desperate Chad is to be part of the in crowd. I think the biggest issue I have is Pedrad, being an adult woman, casting herself as Chad. It's unique and probably works for the most part, but I'm a little bothered by any possible love scenes or even kissing scenes  (which we had a bit in the pilot) between an adult woman who created the show and teenage cast members

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After a month of being bombarded by promos and trailers for this show while I've been binge dvr'ing/watching another show on TBS, Chad looks absolutely gawdawful.  Are there no young male actors that could do this role?  She/he just looks creepy and is obviously a female.  Blech.

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23 hours ago, DanaK said:

I think the biggest issue I have is Pedrad, being an adult woman, casting herself as Chad.

Every time I saw a commercial for this show it made me think of an SNL parody with a woman playing the role of a teen boy.  I was too lazy to look it up though and assumed I was wrong and was being too critical. Glad to hear my first instinct was right.  I guess it's no worse than shows like  Mrs Browns Boys which has a man playing the role of a woman but frankly I mostly hate shows like this and I can't imagine liking a show any better because they've reversed things and have a woman portraying a male character.

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Wow, that was really bad.  I thought Sheldon Cooper was the most obnoxious and unlikable individual on Primetime TV, but we have a new contender.  This show is just not funny at all and the character of Chad is the type that just makes me want to punch his face every minute he's on screen. Desperate, pathetic, cringe-worthy, rude, needy and obnoxious.  If he were real, he's the type of male living in a fantasy world who in a few years would be shooting up malls, etc. and his Facebook page would go on and on about how he can't get a girlfriend.  He needs to see a shrink ASAP.  The only positive character seems to be his mother who so far, is very patient with him.  One wonders how he grew up with this mindset when she seems to care about him and is not a stereotypical clueless and uninterested mom.  I will not be watching future episodes.

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That was soooo bad. I will give e2 a chance, but it only gets 5 min before I bail. Who thought this was a good idea? Oh, right! The star, producer, writer, and director. All one person. Yeah, that always works.

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I gave this about 15 minutes, but there was way too much cringe I couldn't handle, and bailed. I was on the fence with what I watched, and then I got to the endless sequence of him pretending he had lost his virginity and I couldn't take anymore.

I did laugh out loud when he got stuck in the bus doors, but that was it.

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I caught this by chance, and knowing nothing about it, figured I'd give it a chance. What a hot ball of crap... 

I couldn't understand why Chad looked so... weird? They went out of their way to establish he was Muslim within two minutes of the start of the show, but he didn't look like a typical* Muslim; he looked like a mélange of different races and sexes, all while being covered in pancake makeup that made him look like a "White Girls" movie reject. Now I see that "Chad" is played by an adult woman, so... fail. 

I couldn't understand anything that Uncle Beardface said (whatever his name was); it was a combination of me being half-asleep, his accent, and the speed with which he spoke. I debated turning on closed captions, but decided it wasn't worth it. 

Since I flipped during commercials, I was late coming back and had no idea why he was at some random girl's house... was she a hooker? was she a fellow student? was she the town slut? Who knows. 

And finally, where I finally bailed, was him incessantly whining in bed. Like full on crying like a 5-year old. It was just so over-the-top bad, I was just done. 

Maybe it'll get better, who knows... I highly doubt I'll come back to watch again, though. 

(*Don't hate on me, I'm just sayin...TV shows usually go out of their way to ensure Muslim characters are dark-skinned, brown-haired, brown-eyed folks, half the time with beards...)

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I was put off initially by the promos until I found out Nasim was playing Chad ("Oooohhh... that's why he looks...shot through a filter!").  

I love all the Persian* jokes.  And Uncle Hamid is adorable ("You are da light in my life!").  I'm willing to watch the rest of the series.

*bc I am one.  Well, half.

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On 4/9/2021 at 3:59 PM, redpencil said:

I gave this about 15 minutes, but there was way too much cringe I couldn't handle, and bailed.

Same here. Damn, what a hot, goofy mess.  TBS lets Search Party and The Detour go, but airs this crap? Seriously???

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I caved into the promos to watch the first episode.  This is an example of a cute idea for an SNL sketch being taken to an un-funny and overboard extreme.  I know the entire concept was Pedrad's, but that may be the problem with it because obviously no one told her that too much of something that may be worth a chuckle in a 5 minute sketch turns into an off-putting overload of cringe when expanded to a 30 minute show with no reprieve.

It wouldn't be so bad if any of it was believable, but the Chad character is a mix of characteristics that conflict and don't exist in the real world.  Even Sheldon Cooper was more believable, and actually more likeable or no one would have tuned in to watch him for how many seasons straight?  

And equally unbelievable are the spineless adults and students that actually listen to what this asshole has to say when after 30 seconds they'd already be ignoring him or worse.

Plus there is something creepy about her portrayal of a teenage boy in general.  I don't know if I'd be saying that about every 40 year old woman playing a teenage boy but if it were done tongue in cheek with a farcical element it might actually be funny (think Melissa McCarthy playing a man on SNL).  Here so much effort is made to make Pedrad look real that it sets off people's creep meter something fierce.

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