Comedy Works, but App for Amazon’s ‘Betas’ Needs Upgrade

/ Apr 23, 2013

VIS_Betas

We ranked it: 

C+

Hoping to find the humor in coding and VC pitching, the comedy Betas focuses on four young men working to create a mobile app called BRB, a geolocation-based social service. (That means it uses an algorithm based on personal interests and GPS coordinates to match people up together — like Grindr for people who don’t care too much about personal privacy and want to talk before doing it.)

The pilot tracks Trey (Joe Dinicol), Nash (Karan Soni), Hobbes (Jonathan C. Daly) and Mitchell (Charlie Saxton) attempting to create a demo and pitch to an eccentric VC — that is, when they’re not having mental breakdowns, lusting after cute girls or trying to trick a guy with weird facial hair into texting a dick pic. Another name for Betas might be National Lampoon’s The Social Network — the pilot depicts Silicon Valley serfs and elite alike as crude, sex-obsessed fiends out for the big payday, limiting its target audience to young men who like sex jokes and discussions about Series A funding.

It’s not all bad — some jokes do land, including a surprisingly funny cameo by Moby, and the dialogue does a decent job of sounding like authentic Valley/tech speak without being too hard for outsiders to grasp. And the cast is solid, from relative unknown Dinicol as BRB’s passionate co-founder to quasi-legendary Ed Begley Jr. as a money man who could be BRB’s lucky ticket.

However, the fictional BRB app lacks inspiration, a major flaw for a show about characters striving to create something. With a stronger hook, Betas could be compelling, but right now, it’s just another app I don’t want to download.

Tags: , , , ,


  • Andy

    Turns out the crappy app is part of the storyline!

  • Trey

    This article is pretty depthless. It doesn’t even discuss the app at all.

dirty-30-hannah-hart-mamrie-hart-grace-helbig

VIDEO: ‘Dirty 30’ Confessions with Stars Hart,...

 
facebook-thumbs-down

Facebook Says It’s Sorry It Vastly Overestimated Video...

 
craig-piligian-pilgrim-media-group

Pilgrim Media Group CEO Craig Piligian (‘The...

 
youtube-heroes-for-change

Heroes or Rats?: YouTube Unveils New Program for Creators Who...

 
Industry Tickets Selling Fast!
Click above to lock in your registration for VidCon 2015!
 
Vessel says it's doing well in its first month

Why Verizon is Pursuing Vessel, the...

 
jared-feldman-and-sam-hui-ph-d-at-the-2014-canvs-launch

How Canvs Media is Harvesting Emotional Insights on YouTube,...

 
marlon-wayans

Marlon Wayans Getting ‘Naked’ for Netflix with Regina Hall

 
huffpost-ryot-aol

HuffPost RYOT Launching Virtual Reality Comedy Series and News...

 
youtube-vote-irl

YouTube Launches #voteIRL Campaign Targeting Digital-First Generation

 
tyler-oakley-camp17

How Top YouTubers (incl. Tyler Oakley & Meghan Rienks)...

 
charlie-sheen-anger-management

Charlie Sheen to Star in Crackle Feature ‘Mad Families’

 
filmbuff_videoink_300x250

Gunpowder & Sky Buys Distributor FilmBuff As Vision for...

 
toy-freaks-youtube

Toy Freaks Top Viewed YouTube Channel in August According to...

 
jeffrey-tambor-transparent-amazon

Emmy Wrap-Up 2016: Jeffrey Tambor (‘Transparent’)...

 
Twitter

Twitter Scores 2.1 Million Viewers for Thursday Night Footall Kickoff

 
youtube-sad-face-error

Vloggers Not Unique Snowflakes: 90 Million Flag YouTube Videos...

 
Mode Media

‘Billion Dollar Startup’ Mode Media Shuts Down

 
raised-firsts-branded-tv

Who Is Winning The Marketing Revolution And Why?

 
shes-gotta-have-it

Netflix Orders ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series...

 
swedish-dicks-peter-stormare-keanue-reeves-viaplay

What Is ‘Swedish Dicks’ and Who Is Selling It?

 
seamlessly-she-monica-potter-aol-partner-studio-gmc-acadia

How GMC is Using the AOL Series ‘Seamlessly She’...

 
Netflix_new

Liberty Global to Put Netflix on Set-Top Boxes in 30 Countries

 
vincent-cacace-vertebrae

Getting to the Spine of VR’s Monetization Challenges with...

 
meredith_brandfront_videoink_300x250

Meredith Hosted Its Own “Front” Stacked with 20 New Series

 
complex-networks-hearst-verizon

Verizon and Hearst Move RatedRed.com and Seriously.TV Under...

 
Twitter

Twitter Launches Live Streaming Apps for Amazon Fire, Apple TV...

 
YouTube Community

YouTube Fights Back Against Social Media Rivals with Community Feature

 
Casual Hulu

Vimeo Opening Television Store with Lionsgate Content, Launching...

 
A Perfect Day in LA Tastemade Jaunt VR Virtual Reality

From Donuts to Malibu, Tastemade and Jaunt Get Immersive in...

 
Defy Media

Defy Media Close $70 Million Series B Funding Round

 
YouTube Space LA Halloween Set 2016

YouTube Spaces Team with Jason Blum (‘The Purge’)...

 
Yahoo Esports

‘Yahoo Esports Live’ Serves Up Reeses Puffs with...

 
univision

Univision and Lionsgate Team for SVOD Movie Service for U.S. Hispanics

 
People Entertainment Weekly PEN

People/Entertainment Weekly Ad-Supported OTT Service Preps for Launch

 
George_Kliavkoff Jaunt VR

Jaunt VR Hires Hearst Exec George Kliavkoff as CEO

 
Making a Murderer Netflix

‘Making a Murderer’ Scores for Netflix at Creative...

 
Future Man Hulu Josh Hutcherson

Hulu Orders ‘Future Man’ Series Starring Josh...

 
Heirloom Paten Hughes Tom Wopat Vimeo

How an Actress’ Real-Life Tomato Farm Inspired the New...

 
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda Electric Horseman

Netflix Rolls Camera on Robert Redford & Jane Fonda...

 
AmazonBox

Amazon Greenlights Docu-Series on Tennis Star Novak Djokovic