Created by, and starring, Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse, Idiotsitter is an American comedy sitcom that premiered January 14th, 2016 on the Comedy Central network. This series was developed by Comedy Central’s digital production studio (CC: Studio) and was originally hosted on their website. The web-series ran for a total of six episodes prior to being picked up for TV.
The series follows Billie (played by Newhouse), a well-versed, but unemployed, Harvard graduate feeling the pressure of mounting student loans. Billie applies for what she believes is a nanny position under the wealthy Ken Russell (played by Stephen Root). Russell, however, offers her the position of court-appointed guardian to his rebellious and party-crazed twenty-five-year-old daughter, Gene (played by Bell). While Billie isn’t particularly pleased with this offer, she desperately needs the cash and ultimately decides to take on the responsibility.
Billie is quickly introduced into what is the crazy existence of Gene. During the pilot episode, she finds herself drinking white wine and feeling a bit too celebratory. She later learns that Gene has spiked her drink with a mix of roofies and horse tranquilizers. Despite their innate differences and disagreements, the episode ends with the two girls clowning around and impersonating Austin Powers in the bath tub. These events set the tone for the remainder of the series.
In addition to making sure the house-arrested Gene does not get into trouble, Billie is also expected to act as teacher, confidante, and mother to the obnoxious rebel. Despite Gene’s “mostly terrible” front however, we soon learn that many of her issues seem to be rooted in the neglect she has experienced from her wealthy father.
Billie’s level-headed and academic approach to life are the perfect contrasts to Gene’s impulsive and fun-loving nature. And, as can likely be guessed, the two ultimately find comfort in each other. Billie providing Gene with stability, while Gene teachers high-strung Billie how to relax.
#Idiotsitter has been described as the girl-version of Comedy Central’s Workaholics, utilizing bro-humor (partying, puking, and pot-smoking) to the extreme. The women have been praised for behaving in ways that have generally been restricted to male characters.
Bell and Newhouse told Maxim however, that feminism was never really their intent. They simply had a low budget and decided that using one setting (like a house), would be cheapest. They developed the house-arrest aspect of the series around this setting, and the characters stemmed from there. It is possible however, that Bell was at least slightly inspired by her famous appearances as Jillian Belk on the Workaholics series.
The L.A. Times described @Idiotsitter as both “rude and quasi-heartwarming”. The series has so far garnered average ratings, with a 5.6/10 on IMDb and scores of 68% and 88%, on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes respectively. The premiere episode drew in 479,000 viewers and was ranked a 0.27 in the 18-49 year-old age bracket. While these numbers have been described as modest, the worst Workaholics episode of that time still managed to attract 649,000 viewers.
Comedy Central has yet to make a statement regarding whether they intend to renew or cancel #Idiotsitter. It’s still very early and only two episodes have yet to air. It’s likely the network will want to wait until more numbers come in before
If you’re looking to check out the web series for a taste of what this season may have in store, it looks like you may be out of luck. Because both series have similar pilot episodes and plots, Comedy Central has removed the original from their website to avoid potential confusion.
“Funeral”, the third episode of the televised @Idiotsitter, is set to air on the Comedy Central channel Thursday January 28th, 2016.