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5 Reasons to Watch TV Land’s "Impastor"

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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”.

 

  1. 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!

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  1. 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.

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