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NBC's 'One Big Happy' doesn't quite reach comedic bliss

NBC's 'One Big Happy' doesn't quite reach comedic bliss

Due to the high demands of heavy-lifting — scene-setting, character introduction and general exposition — most sitcom pilots are clunky and self-conscious to the point of embarrassment.

The first half-hour of Liz Feldman's "One Big Happy," which premieres Tuesday on NBC, is a bit worse than that. But to be fair, it's got a lot more to lift than most.

The situation Feldman and producer Ellen DeGeneres hopes will turn out to be comedic is this: Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert) is a lesbian who lives with her straight best friend Luke (Nick Zano), with whom she has one of those "if we make it to 30 and we still haven't found someone, then" arrangements so popular...