Shown here are Kelli Barrett and Peter Vack of “I Just Want My Pants Back,” a new Brooklyn-centric TV show that premiers tonight on MTV.
“I Just Want My Pants Back” is a scripted half-hour comedy that satires life in the “Brooklyn Renaissance” occurring in the “Williamsburg-Greenpoint-Bushwick triangle, that crucible of low rent and high pretension that brought back ‘hipster’ in all of its for-lack-of-a-better-word glory,” Mike Hale says in the New York Times.
The show is set in Greenpoint, even though the show is based on a 2007 novel by David J. Rosen that was actually set in the West Village–attesting to the growing cultural gestalt of northwest Brooklyn.
Is it worth watching? The pilot, directed by Doug Liman (“Swingers,” “The Bourne Identity”), a good-looking and relatively sophisticated show that focuses on four twentysomething friends who have touched down in Greenpoint, but is otherwise “in line with MTV priorities: hyperverbal characters talking mostly about sex, with detours into drugs, jobs and the general awfulness of the middle-aged white man.”
Like other single-camera “indie” sitcoms, “Pants Back” is going for the approach of trying to be funny “without ever really telling a joke.” Does it work? Judge for yourself. Watch the video teaser trailer below: