I have to be upfront and tell you that I sat down to watch “Cavemen” because my close friend, Tony Gardner, designed the makeup for the cavemen characters both in the popular Geico commercials and the television series. Tony is a master at what he does, having been in the effects business for over 25 years. Most recently, he and his company transformed John Travolta into a woman for the hit movie, “Hairspray” (although you wouldn’t know it by the way New Line promoted the film). Like I said, Tony is a friend. I want him to succeed.

That said, I anticipated the worst after each and every review I read for the show stated that “Cavemen” is terrible. Julie and I hunkered in for a long half hour. We analyzed the makeup for about 5 minutes (it was stellar, of course), but you know what, we both got caught up in the first episode and laughed a lot. The show was very funny.

I’m not saying it’s the next “Arrested Development” or even “Two and a Half Men”, but I laughed much more at the jokes in “Cavemen” than I did at the over hyped Fox sitcom, “Back to You” (starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton). “Back to You” was supposed to be the “return of the sitcom”. Yeah, well, I loved that one so much that I didn’t miss it when I forgot to TiVo last week episode.

The negative reviews of “Cavemen”, I believe, were clearly a case of TV writers hating an idea and not giving it a chance. While a show like “Brothers and Sisters”, which was dreadful in it’s first, like, five episodes, was allowed room to grow and given some leeway, a series based on a commercial is deemed horrible and not worthy of a second look. Well, I’m here to say that I’ll be checking in on “Cavemen” next week and it’s not because I know the guy who does the make up effects.

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Scott Malchus

Scott Malchus is a writer, filmmaker and die hard Cleveland Indians fan. His memoir, “Basement Songs,” is available in paperback and Kindle. He wrote and directed the film “King's Highway." His family is heavily involved in fund raising to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Scott Malchus is an employee of Cartoon Network and Turner Broadcasting. The opinions expressed on Popdose are his own and do not reflect those of his employer. Email: Malchus@popdose.com. Follow him @MrMalchus

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