Remember when Bob Saget and a camera crew showed up inexplicably at Cornell last Spring? Well, the footage he was filming finally aired on his new A&E show, “Strange Days with Bob Saget.” And it’s bad.
A&E’s website calls the show “a new real-life series that busts down barriers to investigate some of America’s most fascinating subcultures and corners of society.” And he chose to pledge a Cornell fraternity, which is questionable logic at best. Saget traveled to ice planet Ithaca to pledge Seal and Serpent Society apparently the oldest continuously operating fraternity in the country. Doesn’t sound all that intruiging. Still, Saget’s late-career resurgence as a dirty old man has been, while skeevy, also at times hilarious. Could be good. (High hopes!)
And then the show starts…
Unfortunately, this isn’t Bob “can you tell that my entire haircut is made from my asshole hair” Saget. This is Bob “that pole gave me a major wedgie” Saget. And it’s awful. Added to that, the fraternity in question – Seal and Serpent Society – is just a little bit off. Like, for instance, when Saget first shows up at the frat house, only to find the entire gang sitting in their living room, staring at him like those creepy twins from The Shining.
There are a few good moments, like when the fraternity’s president starts going on and on about how he wants to apply his degree to becoming a benevolent tyrant of rootie-tootie democracy, or whatever. He uses the word “Oligopolist,” which is funny, even if unintentionally. Then, at a Seal and Serpent formal, one of the frat-stars gives his brotherhood pin to his main squeeze, who happens to be like six inches taller than him.
For the most part, though, it’s just a bland, poorly executed experiment in reality TV. (In our opinion, at least.) You can judge for yourself: