TBS recently invited me to preview the new season of The Bill Engvall Show. I’m not sure how it is I’d never seen it before, since in its first season in 2007, it set records as ad-supported cable’s #1 original sitcom of all time among adults 25-54. Last season, it averaged 2.6 million viewers and ranked as ad-supported cable’s #1 show in its time period among adults 18-49. Although I wasn’t familiar with him, my husband RB knew who he was and had seen a couple of episodes of his show previously. I accepted the invitation because I thought it would be fun to check out a new show and spend some time hanging out with RB.
The Bill Engvall Show stars Bill Engvall in the role of a family counselor. The other main adult characters include his wife Susan (Nancy Travis) and his friend Paul (Tim Meadows). He has three teen children on the show – a daughter and two sons. The daughter Lauren (Jennifer Lawrence) is a high school girl who thinks she should be treated like an adult. The middle son Trent (Graham Patrick Martin) prefers skateboarding and video games to education, which is very obvious by his blunders when speaking. The youngest son Bryan (Skyler Gisondo) is brilliant and as the know it all seems to have the answer for everything.
I was able to preview two episodes from season three. In “Give Me A Break” the Engvalls are finding themselves having to cut back on needless spending because of the economy. The first item on the chopping block is the expensive spring break he’d promised his teenage daughter. While trying to figure out how to afford the trip or tell Lauren she can’t go the secret that Trent’s baby pictures have all been lost comes out. In “You Decide” Bill decides that he wants to make some of the decisions in the marriage so he announces that he will buy the bedspread that they need. In the mean time, the Engvall’s neighbor is hot tubbing in the nude and Trent is over his head participating in a mock UN delegation in order to impress a girl.
We enjoyed both of the episodes that we watched. I liked that this show had many moments that ran truer to life than many of today’s television offerings. Viewers see siblings taking little jabs at each other, just as they do in real life, but then showing that they really care for each other. Husband and wife engage in the perpetual game of who really wears the pants in the family, as is common in many houses.
The third season of The Bill Engvall Show premieres on TBS this Saturday, July 18th at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
Take a peek at the show yourself.