Last night, that show was My Boys. I had actually been pretty intrigued from the previews, but had never gotten around to watching it. Last night was the night, and it was quite weird. It reminded me a bit of that new show Roommates on ABC Family, because they both unsuccessfully aspire to be the new Friends. But Roommates is somewhat funny, in a you-laugh-because-you-feel-like-you-should kind of way. My Boys, however, just falls completely flat. See for yourself.
What's the problem? No laugh track. In an age where non-laugh-track shows are the highest rated, a lot of new shows have decided to follow suit. The problem is, when there's no laugh track, the show has to be funny. If your show isn't funny, put a laugh track in, and people will be forced to laugh, or at least imagine that they're laughing (read: Roommates). If your show is not funny and there's no laugh track, it's just painful. It's like sitting in a room of people and someone makes a bad joke and instead of laughing out of discomfort, everyone just sits there in silence, making it even more uncomfortable.