By Melissa Maerz
November 03, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST
Giovanni Rufino/ABC

Manhattan Love Story (ABC) makes the male lead feel almost irrelevant. He’s not essential to the fantasy — it’s all about the girl. Watching Dana (Analeigh Tipton) navigate her way through the city, you’ll want her haircut, her apartment (a giant, sunlit loft owned by a gorgeous friend who’s letting her crash there rent-free), maybe even her Manhattan, a ridiculously clean, chain-store-free Disneyland where even the garbage juice in the gutters runs as clear as the Aegean Sea. What you might not want is her date, who’s just the kind of generic rom-com ”guy’s guy” Tina Fey once said is best played by ”Gerard Butler, or a coatrack with a leather jacket on it.” Peter (Jake McDorman) is a total bro who works at a trophy company (Rom-Com Fake Job Alert!), dates other women behind Dana’s back, and even tries a maneuver called the ”Shock and Awe.” (Shock her by forcing your mouth onto hers, wait for her to say ”Aww!”) Worse, that move actually works on Dana, who also cries on first dates and only thinks about love, handbags, and the solution to the Riemann hypothesis. (Kidding about that last one.) Okay, maybe you don’t want to be her after all. C

  • TV Show
run date
  • 10/07/14
  • In Season
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