Mad Love is about a lawyer (Biggs; American Pie) who meets the love of his life (Chalke; Scrubs). While he’s busy wooing her and furthering their relationship his best friend (Labine; Reaper) and her best friend (Greer; Miss Guided) are busy despising each other. And that is literally the entire premise of the show.
So you have a show with a barely there premise that’s been done to death. But the powers that be did fill this up with a pretty great comedic cast. Or at least made a good attempt at it. Tyler Labine is good in Mad Love, but he’s essentially playing his Reaper character. Jason Biggs just doesn’t work at all. His performance is especially pale when surrounded by better actors, or in this case, actresses. It’s the female leads that really make this show. Judy Greer and Sarah Chalke are both really strong actresses and they really seem to be trying to make this work. Of course there is only so much that could be done with a show like this.
CBS is trying to use this to compliment How I Met Your Mother, having it follow it, using HIMYM‘s long time director Pamela Fryman, and even Sarah Chalke was a guest star in many episodes of that show. And watching the pilot of Mad Love, it feels like it’s trying to be How I Met Your Mother. The problem is it’s not. And the show really just doesn’t work.
I recommend skipping this. But if you need to it currently airs Mondays at 8:30 on CBS.