Television: A Titus Fit

At last! A family sitcom about abuse and insanity

Titus (debuts march 20, 8:30 p.m. E.T., Fox) may have the most jarring laugh track in TV history. In the pilot alone, Christopher Titus (as himself) gets decked by his drunken dad Ken, announces that his mom is clinically insane, and lurks outside a room that just may contain pop's corpse--all to the same sort of yuks as when the sassy blind guy gets off a zinger on Becker.

Making audiences feel weird merely for laughing is a sign of something quite wrong, or quite right; here it's mostly the latter. Titus is based on Titus' one-man show Norman Rockwell Is...

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