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CBS’s B-Positive Shows Signs of Life 

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Boy meets girl in high school. Boy doesn’t see girl for 20 years. Boy meets girl at mutual friends’ wedding. Boy tells girl he has kidney failure. Girl, drunk and high, tells him she will give him her kidney. Boy takes her up because she is literally his only option. It sounds like some twisted love story that’s going to end with the boy and girl together after five seasons of will they/won’t they tension. B-Positive may end up being a traditional sitcom with a predictable plot. However, the pilot episode focused on the much more interesting story of Drew Dunbar (Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley) reuniting with his high school class’ trainwreck Gina (Annaleigh Ashford, American Crime Story). 

B-Postive is a Chuck Lorre sitcom, so we know there’s going to be shenanigans, wacky misunderstandings, and a dumb blonde female who gets her life together over multiple seasons. Drew is going to save Gina’s as much as she saves his. She’s going to get clean, decide working with the elderly is her calling, and want to do more than drive a bus shuttling 80-year-olds to doctors appointments. Eventually, she will go to nursing school and work in a nursing home. It could 8-seasons, but it’s likely her story arc will resemble Mom‘s Christy Plunkett’s pre-sobriety life. 

Is B-Positive the best sitcom ever? No, it’s silly, mindless fun. If it wasn’t, it would be deeply concerning that Gina offered to give her kidney to a near-stranger and forget about it completely and, once reminded, she blames it on her drunk persona “Becky”, yet is fine with Becky’s decision. 

The show isn’t Chuck Lorre’s Magnum opus; for that, go watch Netflix’s The Kaminsky Method. B-Positive is another sitcom Lorre churned out to keep the CBS’ ratings reasonably high. It won’t run as long as The Big Bang Theory or Two and a Half Men (two other notable Lorre, CBS collaborations) because having two main characters can’t typically sustain a show for over a decade. However, it will be a nice complement to The Big Bang Theory‘s TBS reruns once B-Positive reaches enough episodes for syndication.

B-Positive airs Thursday nights on CBS and can be streamed on CBS All Access.

Allison Lips
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