The show follows a cynical former missing persons detective, Leroy Wright (Craig Robinson), and a genius disgraced scientist, Max Jennifer (Adam Scott), as they are enlisted by a secret underground agency – aptly titled The Bureau Underground – to investigate a series of unexplained activities in the Los Angeles area.
They each come with a certain set of skills that Capt. Ava Lafrey (Ally Walker, Sons of Anarchy) – head of The Bureau Underground – and her support team (Adeel Akhtar and Amber Stevens West) hope to enlist in the search for a missing operative. Strange things are afoot and it’s up to Leroy and Max to save the day – and, perhaps, all of mankind.
Now, we all know pilot episodes can be a challenge; you have to find a way to lay down all the groundwork for the rest of the season, but you also have to engage the audience in a way that will make them want to tune in on a weekly basis. It has to communicate the general vibe of the series in a very brief period of time. Basically, it’s really hard to do well. Have you ever looked back at the pilot episode of your favorite series? It’s like finding your grade school photos from that time you cut your own bangs.
That being said, Ghosted succeeds at the pilot formula in a really enjoyable way. Do we get a sense of what the show is about? Yes. Do they provide enough intrigue to keep us coming back? Sure thing. And for a comedic show, is it actually funny? You betcha.
It’s a pleasure to see Craig Robinson back on the small screen, and his chemistry with Adam Scott is perfect. Characteristically they’re polar opposites, and for the sake of the plot they each serve a very specific purpose. Leroy is the skeptic ex-cop with a heavy burden that makes him push people away (three guesses why), and Max is the believer with a personal connection to the supernatural. Is that a tad formulaic? Perhaps. Does it diminish the show in any way? I think not.
Scott and Robinson act as executive producers on the show, which means there’s a lot of room for them to play. Their humor shines through, but Ghosted knows when to put the jokes aside to focus on the plot. It’s a buddy comedy with a supernatural tone. There are scary moments, but like any sitcom, it has a lot of heart.
Overall, the pilot has my interest piqued. Like I said, pilot episodes are a real challenge to do effectively, but for me, this one checks off all the boxes. Sign me up, boys.
Ghosted premieres Sunday October 1st on Fox at 8:30/7:30c. Check out the trailer and the poster below!