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5 pilots (and one returning show) you can stream before they're on TV

Susie Ochs | Sept. 16, 2013
The return of Mindy Kaling's hilarious sitcom is streaming now, plus a crop of new pilots with familiar premises.

Back in the Game premieres on ABC on September 25, and for a limited time you can see the pilot on ABC's site and on Hulu, as well as in the free Watch ABC apps for iOS and Android.

Trophy Wife
ABC's sitcom Trophy Wife is kind of The New Adventures of Old Christine from New Christine's point of view: Kate is a party girl who does karaoke with her best friend after either of them has a breakup—OMG so fun, giggle, giggle! She meets her next husband by accidentally clocking him with a karaoke mic, breaking his nose. In the ER, she meets both his ex-wives (the first one is the doctor, and the second is a New Agey type) and his three kids, and she still gets involved with him anyway. I mean, he asks her out right there, with gauze hanging out of his nose and everything. And he's not even hot.

Once you suspend your disbelief over that, the pilot tips its hat to Julia Roberts in Stepmom, as Kate boasts about sneaking vodka into a long-ago Lollapalooza by smuggling it in water bottles, so her stepkids will think she's cool—and then naturally, Kate busts the family's teenage daughter, Meg, doing the exact same thing. Will Kate turn in Meg to her mother, or cover for her—even if another ridiculous situation compels her to heroically chug all the warm vodka inside? (I would tell you but you might not care.)

Trophy Wife premieres on ABC on September 24, and the pilot is currently on ABC's website, not to mention Hulu and the Watch ABC apps.

The Goldbergs

It's just like The Wonder Years but in the 1980s instead of the 1960s, and narrated by Patton Oswalt instead of Daniel Stern! Nerdy little 11-year-old Adam Goldberg (played by newcomer Sean Giambrone) was the first kid on his block to get a video camera, back in 1985, and he sets to work chronicling his suburban family.

Jeff Garlin plays Adam's schlubby dad, Murray, and Wendi McLendon-Covey from Reno 911 and Bridesmaids steals every scene as his overbearing mother. Adam's also got a big brother and sister—yes, exactly like The Wonder Years—and George Segal is hilarious as the inappropriate grandfather. The outfits are awesome, the hair is teased, the acting is big without being over the top, and of course you'll get some funny 1980s lines like, "The only one who understands me is Flavor Flav!"

The Goldbergs was created by screenwriter and producer Adam F. Goldberg, and it's based on his real family, and real-life events that he videotaped growing up. It debuts on ABC on September 24, but you can already watch the pilot on Hulu, in the Watch ABC apps, and online.


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