Call me Fitz – Season 1
Meet Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick. A charming though foul-mouthed used car salesman who’s been the top seller of the town for years and who’ll do whatever is necessary to get a piece of junk sold. This includes sleeping with any female customer who passes by, and on the other side drink himself to pieces and do drugs to keep going.
When one day one of his potential customers gets into a coma after a driving accident, his conscience becomes flesh in the form of the off-beat do-gooder Larry. Larry buys himself into the car sales company and is determined to set Fitz straight and make him a better man.
Sound and Vision:
The image of the series look pretty decent with good contrast, nice amount of detail and bright colors that nicely fit the atmosphere the makers wanted to create. We didn’t spot any major transfer issues so that’s a plus as well.
The soundtrack perfectly suits the series with some jazzy songs and clear dialogues while the surrounds get used sporadically to enhance the vividness of the show.
Call me Fitz is a Canadian sitcom with former Beverly Hills 90210 star Jason Priestley in the lead as a jerk who’ll stop at nothing to sell used cars. He’s got absolutely no sense of moral and when he tries to blame a car accident on a woman in a coma (who he also tries to sell a car to while she’s completely out in the hospital), the remainder of his conscience has had enough of it and becomes to life in the form of Larry, a simplistic do-gooder who tries to set things right.
As such, this is a rather decent setup that can bring forth quite a ton of funny scenes, but it just doesn’t work. I haven’t been able to pinpoint where things go wrong, but there’s just something off. Larry is the most intriguing character while Fitz is just a jerk and you constantly wonder why women would want to have sex with him.
While I did want to keep watching, it was more to find out where things were going than actually being interested in the series. And that’s not a good thing as after a couple of episodes, I just gave up and concluded that things were going nowhere. If a TV show can’t get you interested after one quarter of a season, you know there’s something wrong.
Maybe people who love Californication will have fun with Call me Fitz, but if you’re already repelled by the amount of sex in Duchovny’s show, you’ll definitely get turned off by Priestley. Especially as I found very little to laugh with.
All in all, there’s better out there.