Israel’s ‘Traffic Light’ stops at US intersection

February 8, 2011 - 1:30 PM by

The US cast of Traffic Light

Today’s a big day for Israeli entertainment. The first episode of the comedy TV series Traffic Light is airing in the US on the Fox Network.

Based on the original Hebrew version, Ramzor, which has been on the air for two seasons here and won an International Emmy last year for its creator, comic Adir Miller, the sitcom centers around three longtime guy pals who intersect in their relationship stages with women. There’s the married guy with a baby, the recently-moved in with a girlfriend one, and the swinger who can’t commit.

Our version of the show is smart and funny, and according to advanced reviews of the show compiled by Allison Kaplan Sommer, writing for The Forward, the US debut is stepping forward in the right direction.

Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal dubbed it “a scintillating comedy brimming with confidence and wit,” adding that “the perilous situations that drive ‘Traffic Light’ are charged with a life and zest that’s good to see. The best comedy of the year, it seems, has arrived in midseason.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman also greeted the new show warmly, saying that “in the same way that Modern Family has been able to mine comic gold out of everyday struggles, Light keeps the couple-banter and the friend-banter surprisingly relatable and, in the biggest shocker, enormously funny.”

The reviews haven’t all been positive though. David Hinckley in the New York Daily News wrote in a review entitled ‘No Need to Stop for Traffic Light: “The freshest thing in “Traffic Light” – besides Ethan’s wonderful dog, Carl the bulldog – is that these guys seem to have half their conversations while driving in their cars using hands-free speakers.”

And Mark Perigrad in the Boston Herald American wrote that “Traffic Light is the kind of sitcom that revs from zero to zero with laughter.”

So, if you’re in the US, check Traffic Light out tonight and make up your own mind. And if you like it, give a loud shout out to us here in Israel.

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