'Up All Night' Tutorial: Will Arnett and Christina Applegate Show You How Not to Make New Parent Friends

I really (like, really) enjoy those precious two hours after the kiddos hit the sack when I can sit on my butt and watch some TV with the husband. But since Mad Men is awol and the Housewives and Modern Family are not on a continuous loop, I'm kind of at a loss as to what to watch. Enter NBC's Up All Night (Wednesdays, 8pm).

The premise: Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett) are struggling-to-still-be-cool new parents to baby Amy. Reagan is just back from  maternity leave at her job as a TV producer for a talk show called Ava (Ava is always-awesome Maya Rudolph) and former laywer Chris is now a stay-at-home dad. On last night's episode, they want their seemingly hip new neighbors to love them. (The husband is European! The wife has severe bangs!) At the same time, they poke fun at their other neighbors who have completely succumbed to parenthood (they wear lame clothes, they bake lame casseroles, they've got a lame mailbox). 

While I've never fallen all over myself to impress potential parent friends (I heart the scene where the couple tweaks each other's Facebook profiles after the cool neighbor says he's going to Friend them. "You Like Crystal Light? You gotta cool it on the Likes."), I have semi-stalked moms who I thought I would actually be friends with if we didn't both have offspring. And, after running into one who was rocking hot-mom boots while I was unshowered in yoga pants and sneakers, I may have, umm, worn my black leather knee-high boots to the next Mommy-and-Me class.

The thing is, in parenthood, just as in non-momdom, you need to find your kind of people to hang with. But becoming a parent can be like high school -- you really want to make new friends, but you're a little hormonal and not exactly at the top of your game. I, for one, need to talk about more than meltdowns and butt wipes -- and if I have to shower to make that happen, then I will.

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