"Bent" (9 p.m. Wednesday, WBIR, Channel 10) will sweep you off your feet.
While it's far too soon to commit to a long-lasting relationship with this romantic comedy, it's certainly a nice enough flirtation for now.
"Bent" is a pleasant surprise. It's snappy, lightning-fast dialogue and agreeable characters make this the best new sitcom NBC has launched in a very long time. In fact, it'd be a perfect entry for the Thursday-night line-up, along side "30 Rock," "Community," "Parks & Recreation" and "The Office."
It will almost make you forgive NBC for forcing "Whitney" and "Up All Night" upon us.
"Bent" is the story of divorcee Alex (Amanda Peet), an unbendable lawyer, who hires slacker Pete (David Walton in a wonderful role) as her contractor. They clash, of course, but are drawn to each other.
How this plays out is hardly a surprise because, as welcoming as "Bent" is, the show is hardly a genre smasher.
Pete doesn't make a secret of his desire for her, but she's having none of it. She's already dating a doctor and has a young daughter who befriends Pete.
Meanwhile, Pete's ne'er-do-well crew — including his barely lucid dad (Jeffrey Tambor) — are doing well just to keep Pete on a schedule and get the work done.
While Walton is a scene stealer (as he should be in this role), Peet isn't quite as strong comically and has a hard time keeping up with his pace. Occasionally, she's nothing more than a stock character for this genre.
Regardless, "Bent" radiates a healthy-enough dose of warmth. This is the kind of romantic comedy/ buddy ensemble that puts the current ones to shame.
"Bent" is a real charmer.
Score: 4 (out of 5)