TV review: Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

From the April 4, 2012 edition

The name of a television show goes a long way in determining its success. Just look at FX’s canceled “Terriers,” a brilliant show that no one watched because they thought it was about dog fighting and not private investigators.

ABC’s new comedy “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” could suffer the same fate thanks to its horrible title. That would be a shame; it’s my favorite network comedy to premiere in the 2011-12 season.

The titular b---- is Chloe — fantastically played by Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad,” “Veronica Mars”) — a New York City party girl whose narcissism knows no bounds. When Chloe takes in June (Dreama Walker), a naive, innocent Midwesterner as her roommate, it creates a modern-day, female “Odd Couple.”

While I enjoy Ritter (and Walker is OK), it’s the most famous actor in the cast, James Van Der Beek, who really shines. Playing a fictional version of himself, Van Der Beek is utterly hilarious and magnificently pokes fun at his “Dawson’s Creek” fame — bedding ladies by donning flannel and playing Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait.”

Since the first two episodes of “Apartment 23” are already available on Hulu, some of you know the many ways Chloe torments June. And how fun Van Der Beek is.

But the fourth episode is the one that points to where this show could be headed and proves how bad its title really is. Chloe becomes more than just a b----, and the chemistry among the three leads really excels.

Don’t let the stupid title turn you away, because you’ll be missing out on a wonderfully funny, sharp and wicked comedy.