Despite the super on-the-nose title, TV Land’s “Impastor” is actually not bad. The half-hour comedy tells the story of lowlife Buddy Dobbs (Michael Rosenbaum), who, as a way to evade some loan sharks, skips town and dupes a small Lutheran community into believing he’s their new pastor.
Although basing a show on the idea of a stolen identity is about as original as the “it was all a dream” ending, the first episode still entertained me and sparked my interest. Here is why it’s worth a watch:
- Because it’s got some awesome dark humor
The way Buddy meets the pastor he ends up posing as is…well, you’ll see, but it involves a bridge and a messy suicide attempt.
- Because it shows TV Land is more than just reruns
“Impastor”, along with ” The Jim Gaffigan Show” and a couple others, are proof that there are actual employees writing shows there rather than just a bunch of robots pushing the “play” and “stop” buttons for “Bonanza” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”.
- Because it’s nice to see Michael Rosenbaum playing the hero instead of a villain… well, kind of
He is mostly known for playing Lex Luthor in “Smallville”, but here Rosenbaum’s character, although still maintaining some villainous traits, is overshadowed by no one. And he’s great!
- Because of the following exchange:
Concerned mother: I found this in his room. I think it’s marijuana.
Buddy (as pastor): (looking at weed) High quality too.
Concerned mother: How do you know that?
Buddy: Uh…missionary work in Jamaica.
5. Because it makes fun of religion
And isn’t that always entertaining?
“Impastor” premieres July 15th on TV Land.