First Glance: ‘Up All Night’ TV Review | Realized Parenthood

Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph star in "Up All Night," a show about a couple figuring out parenthood.

Sometimes my parents talk about fun stuff they used to do before they were parents. It’s like the want me realize they weren’t always so uncool. They used to have discussions that weren’t about school districts or recalled toys. The only time they thought about babies was probably when they saw one at the mall or something (or maybe I’m just speaking from my experience).

Up All Night takes a look at parenthood from the perspective of two new parents, Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett). Besides making sure the baby does put her fingers in any light sockets and staying up with her until she can be lulled to sleep, they have no idea what they’re doing. In the pilot, the couple look at their daughter Amy lovingly and Chris remarks on how beautiful she is. Reagan responds, “So f***ing beautiful.”

Yep, they still curse. They also still think they can party all night and not feel like death with the baby wakes up at the crack of dawn the next morning (“Are we dead?” Chris asks).

While Chris’ job is, as he says, “raising a human,” Reagan has a high-level job at a TV show called Ava. Her boss, Ava (Maya Rudolph), is a bit like what people would think Oprah is like behind the scenes. She relishes in praise and obsessed with how other people see her. When Amy doesn’t seem to bond with her, Ava can’t handle the rejection. For her faults, she’s a good boss and seems to love Reagan the best way she know how—a little selfishly.

At first glance, this looks like two people in denial about parenthood taking away their youth and social life. While that’s true to some extent for even real-life parents, underneath the jokes and sleepless nights this is about a couple realizing that being good parents is worth giving some up some of their pre-parenthood freedom.

I’m not always the biggest fan of kids, so if I can enjoy this, anyone can.


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