Having read previously the reviews for the series – pretty bad, by the way – I expected something cringey from “The Mysteries of Laura”. Something unwatchable like “Poor, Debra Messing! What has she got herself into?” or “OMG, where is the remote control” . I don’t think I’m mistaken in saying that the ratings scored last night by the pilot ( “most watch broadcast premiere since March on any big four networks” – TVbythenumers) must have taken by surprise everyone. Talking about certainties in television.
Well, the pilot is somewhere in between. It has its weak parts and …the regular parts. “The Mysteries of Laura” is a show about a policewoman, an almost divorced one, mother of two who is trying to see if she can balance her professional with her private one. Although the premise may be a bit outdated – a show like this would function without problems in the late ’80s and early ’90s – it doesn’t lack the chemistry Debra Messing brings to the small screen and that is a great plus. Debra is a natural actress who can easily turn over a scene that doesn’t work that well. Most of the times, anyway.
The series, indeed, hasn’t lost its European touch. The original series is a Spanish series, quite successful, called Los Misterios de Laura that it’s family oriented, soft in its tone and definitely non-agressive. The bad guys are bad guys, and not evil. The children function as a cuteness element in the series, and besides their regular mischiefs are pretty much ok. and the husband is handsome enough to tease the idea of a rekindled romance.
The Mysteries of Laura is a show for the whole family ( as the old slogan would have it), for those who are willing to see a safe play. It remains to be seen if the second episode will be as watched as the first one…and if yes…NBC might be in for something.