“Factory” – A New Situation “Comedy”


Full Episode: Premiere Episode – SPIKE

I saw an ad for this the other day, I don't really have high expectations prior to watching it. Will a sitcom set in a factory be as clever as “The Office” or even “Gung Ho” or will it be full of blue-collar beer-swilling stereotypes?You can watch the episode online and judge for yourself. Be warned, it's a bit raunchy, if that bothers you. Unfunny bothers me more than raunchy.My notes from as I watched:

  • Opening scene: It's pretty rare to see CNC machines on TV. That's cool, I guess. Whoa, that's disturbing, seeing a manager/supervisor/engineer pulled into the machine by his tie – not overly graphic, compared to CSI…. but this is how the comedy begins? Anything that reinforces the “no ties around machines” message is OK, I guess…. but not the funniest thing ever. Maybe this is why TV shows aren't set in factories?
  • OK, halfway through the show now… still not too much humor. So I'll comment on it as if it's not a comedy. After the guy is killed, the big boss needs to replace him. He decides to have the main four characters of the show “vote” to decide who gets the job. I hope that sets up some comedy, since that's a pretty stupid way to go.

Final verdict — it's more a show about a bunch of guys than a show about a factory… and not very funny. Can't recommend it.


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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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