NBC, Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. E.T.

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Like its self-centered protagonist, this sitcom seems born to be hated. It's laden with trendy affectations (the smug voice-over, the meta references to other series and itself). It snipes at young, pretty tube stars yet casts young, pretty Katherine Towne as a teen troublemaker looking for her birth mother after her father has answered her inquiries with "M.Y.O.B." (mind your own business). Still, it's somewhat better than its overfamiliar ingredients. Creator Don Roos has distilled and sanitized the vicious humor of his film The Opposite of Sex for prime time. That which survives the translation makes for good, mean fun.

--By James Poniewozik