While there hasn’t been a consensus on the exact number viewers of the series premiere, what with television ads claiming fourteen million viewers, radio ads saying thirteen million and a more accurate number quoted around eleven million, we can’t say Up All Night is a hit show yet but it’s definitely off to a great start.  A good part of that number could have been due to the shows’ America’s Got Talent lead in, but since the number of viewers for NBC’s other new Wednesday night sitcom were considerably lower, it seems many people stuck around to see if televisions new Big Three (Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph) were worth the endless summer ad campaign.  (Spoiler Alert: With another “in-sahn” episode all signs point to yes.)

Balance was the name of the game for the shows second episode.  When the Cool New Neighbors move in across the street Regan (Christina Applegate and Chris (Will Arnett) are confronted with the crippling yet inexplicable need to impress people they don’t know, a problem most have found themselves in the middle of, while also trying to hold on the life they led B.B. (Before Baby)  This plot brought about the kind of neurotic antics and attention-seeking overcompensation that makes the viewer squeal, and cover their eyes with their hands; it felt true to life.  Which one of us hasn’t wanted to run and hide after mispronouncing a word (“Tequiwila”), or tried to come of cool but ended up in a rambling round of oversharing that you couldn’t seem to find your way out of?  We could turn up our nose to the scene in which Regan and Chris criticize each other’s Facebook pages but this is the world we live in, and pretending like you’ve never sat in front of your profile and scrolled through old statuses wondering why you thought it would be cool to quote I Heart Huckabees is silly, we’ve all been there.  (Side note:  Regan is right, people on Facebook like too many things just because.  No one cares you like Coca-Cola and sunny days.  No one.)  As was the conclusion last episode, you can’t have it all: when the Cool New Neighbors housewarming party is keeping Amy up the Brinkley’s call the cops.  True, their choice to cover up their decision by sneaking into the party to pretend like they’ve been there the entire time is utterly unrealistic and goes up in flames thanks to Chris’s ironic “Soul Sister” ringtone, but this is TV, and it was really very funny.

Finding a way to balance Ava’s (Maya Rudolph) over the top character with the rest of the plot will be a continued challenge for the writers and show runners.  Make no mistake about, Ava is hilarious.  She’s a needy narcissist and seems like just the person that would believe that a newborn baby would hate her.  Sometimes her flair for the dramatics seems too far over the top, but the reality of the rest of the show allows for some crazy every now and again.  Somehow it’s believable that Missy the assistant (Jennifer Hall) could figure out and explain her overbearing boss’s fears of a baby not giving her the love she so obviously deserves in a matter of moments.  (She has a psych degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills after all.)  It’s laughable to think a toddler would already foster such negative emotions for a someone when the child has yet to figure out where her own nose is, but Ava’s delusions are the type that ruin friendships and it forces Regan to deal with the situation in a very real way: by locking Ava and Amy in a room together.  Some people need a push to get over themselves and realize that the new little person in their lives is just that, the new little person they have to get used to.  If the writers plan to deal with all of Ava’s unrealistic drama that way, then the show has a chance stay on the stellar path it started on.

 NBC will continue to tease us.  You shove Nick Cannon into the role of Calvin, you brag about “Calvin’s” talent for handling children and yet we still haven’t seen the diamond incrusted baby bag you just know Mariah Carey has or the children dressed head to toe in silk.  There is only so much of this we’re going to take before we start a protest Nick.  It’s baby pictures or strike.  You’ve been warned.