Thursday TV: Meloni Tackles Comedy as Jack

March 27, 2014 1:13 PM

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I've barely adjusted to The Goldbergs mining the 1980s for comic nostalgia — seems not that long ago that Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone's empty vault, and that's a subplot in an early April episode — and now comes Fox's Surviving Jack (Thursday, 9:30/8:30c), a coming-of-age family sitcom set in the not-so-distant past of the 1990s. (Can't wait for the arc about Y2K anxiety.)

The real draw of the show is not so much the gangly freshman Frankie (Connor Buckley), whose adolescent fixation on boobs could come from just about any era, but his father Jack, his gruff bully of a dad played by Christopher Meloni. His tough-guy persona, honed by years on SVU, is well suited for t...

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