TV Club: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp: “Auditions”

Episodic television criticism has its inherent shortcomings, but some shows are better suited for episodic analysis than others. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp defies the medium. First Day Of Camp isn’t only a limited series, it’s an especially short limited series that grew out of a beloved movie and demands to be watched like one. Grading each episode relative to the others is a valid exercise, but it doesn’t separate the good episodes from the bad ones so much as it separates the comedic peaks from the plot-heavy troughs. The funnier an episode of First Day Of Camp is, the better it is, even if it’s barely coherent and does nothing to advance the story (which describes most Wet Hot jokes.)

Despite the show’s reliance on random silliness, Michael Showalter and David Wain have done an admirable job keeping the plot moving …

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