'Odd Mom Out' • 9 p.m. Monday on Bravo • Two and a half stars (out of four) • http://www.bravotv.com/odd-mom-out
How much should we, the little people in flyover country, be expected to care about the problems of rich and privileged New Yorkers?
It's a question that frequently arises in real life, as newscasters give extra time and attention to anything that happens on the East Coast, and on voyeuristic reality shows like "The Real Housewives of New York" and "Million Dollar Listing New York."
Even scripted TV, like NBC's "The Slap" and Showtime's "The Affair," often asks us to empathize a bit more than we might be inclined with people who are wealthier than we are, and clearly living fantastic lives, but still struggle. (Sniff.)
Superficially, Bravo's new "Odd Mom Out," its second scripted original, fits that "who cares?" template.
But the series, a half-hour comedy, is helped by the presence of Jill Kargman, who co-created the show (based on her book "Momzillas") and also stars.
Even though she's a New Yorker, living on the oh-so-special Upper East Side, Kargman looks and feels real as Jill Weber, a mother of three, including twins, whose husband, Andy (Andy Buckley, who was David Wallace on "The Office") is a lawyer.
Quirky Jill is as out of place as a donkey in a herd of zebras among the blond, yuppie Manhattan moms. She's also too odd (I mean, you know, real) to fit in with Andy's family, including his snooty mother (Joanna Cassidy).
Complicating the family dynamic, just as Andy gets elevated to partner at the law firm, his younger brother, Lex (Sean Kleier), sells his bagel company to the Chinese and is rolling in dough. Not that Lex's wife, Brooke (Abby Elliott of "Saturday Night Live") would ever eat a bagel.
At least "Odd Mom Out" acknowledges its own absurdity from time to time. “You do realize, you’re rich, too, right?” Jill's friend Vanessa (KK Glick) mentions after Jill complains.
“Maybe in the normal universe where normal people live,” Jill says. “But between Lexington and Fifth, I’m a charity case.”
"Odd Mom Out" has a few laughs. But it needs more nods to the absurdity it all to give the masses any reason to watch, let alone care.