Knights of Prosperity (01×01)

ABC’s latest try at a comedy series comes out resoundingly well in the form of The Knights of Prosperity which seeks to rob the multi-million dollar New York apartment of Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones. Jagger himself provides a hilarious cameo lampooning himself as a hat-addicted, Asian-assistant employing, movie lover complete with a Rolling Stones tongue that squirts butter on his popcorn.

The real standout about the series is the lack of laugh track and the honest laughs that truly hit their mark in a series not seen since the fallen Arrested Development. Only NBC’s The Office and Scrubs seem to pull of the intellectual humor to the same degree, but there’s also some humor for everyone’s taste.

The ensemble cast lead of Donal Logue, late of Grounded for Life, also stands out as the standard sitcom caricatures  we’ve come to expect over the years, but with each actor personifying the role and bringing a little big of something to it. Whether it is the dim-witted, bombastic Rockefeller, the Indian cab driver who loves his crazy bread, or the intern duped into thinking the group was making a sequel to the Jimmy Fallon vehicle Taxi, the cast really shines.


Even with the hi-jinks, obtuse named “operations,” and the thought that no group as incompetent as them could pull of an Ocean’s 11-like heist like this, they make surprising progress in the pilot to obtaining the keys and access to Mike Jagger’s apartment. The ending scene shows how worthless the key is, but the joy of the hunt is much better than devouring the prey.

With all hope the ratings for the series will hold steady (especially anchoring the 8PM MST hour and leading into the returning Lost with the recently introduced In Case of Emergency). For those still lost after the demise of Arrested Development, there’s something smart back on TV that will have you laughing and wondering what this mish-mash of would-be criminals will do next.

Written by Erich Becker
Thirty-something with a love of everything we cover here, and a few things we don't. Erich has run Entertainmentopia since the site's inception in 1999, countless redesigns, a few crashes, and a lot of media later, here you have it!