TV Review: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Real Rob flatters no one

Rob Schneider showed his DIY spirit—and impatience with studio rigmarole—when he announced he’d be funding, directing, writing, and starring in a new sitcom. That project, Real Rob, was picked up by Netflix earlier this fall, and will have its streaming debut on December 1. Although Schneider footed the bill for the show’s production, he’s borrowed heavily from other shows for its premise and storylines. Imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s unlikely that any of its predecessors will lay claim to Real Rob.

Real Rob stars Rob Schneider as an ostensibly exaggerated version of Rob Schneider who, contrary to popular opinion, is not just a guy waiting around to make movies with Adam Sandler. (For the purposes of clarity, the remainder of the review will use “Schneider” to refer to the creator-writer-star, and “Rob” to refer to the character he’s …

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