Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thoughts on Miss Guided

While surfing through the channels and pining for the return of Ugly Betty (April 24th at 8pm, bitches!) I stumbled upon Miss Guided, ABC's other quirky-girl comedy. It stars Judy Greer as Becky Freeley, a guidance counselor who returns to work at her own high school. The format of the show is reminiscent of a mockumentary, complete with characters who monologue to the camera. Best Line Of The Series (so far) goes to Earl Billings as Principal Huffy: "Some people think this job is easy. It's not. You have to be fair, firm and impersonal. Here's my secret - I'm dead inside."

A school guidance counselor's job ranges from the monotonous to the heart-wrenching ... they have to deal with troubled kids, but they also have to fill out the paperwork after. Becky's life is free of these burdensome responsibilities - she has plenty of time to wander the halls, getting up to all sorts of wacky shenanigans. If you are looking for a sensitive and accurate portrayal of life as a guidance counselor, Miss Guided is not the place. On the other hand, all the med students I know love the train wreck that is Grey's Anatomy ... maybe when you have a tough job, you don't mind someone romanticizing it a bit (read: until it's completely unrecognizable).

Also, Chris Parnell! Everybody wins.

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