As for The Librarians, it was simply appalling. You were expecting me to say that, weren't you? It's true, I watched this show with a closed mind, but there was very little to open it. I didn't laugh once (cruel, ain't I?)
What was really irritating about this show was the main character, from the line about 'our country, our rules' in the promo, the opening scene with her blowing into a panic-bag, onwards. There is nothing redeemable about Frances O'Brien -- a few things to identify with (like former friend running off with man), but she's in no way a likable or sympathetic character, which seems like a major flaw for a comedic lynchpin (something you could get only away with if she was a minor character). She and the woman in the spray-on pink lycra dress also make some terrible vowel sounds -- e.g. that 'eeeiauw' sound that some Victorian women make sometimes (including Helen Garner); I don't know how they do it. Honestly, the Frances O'Brien character has a voice that would grate cheese and more, which I guess is the point rather clumsily and unendearingly made. The only remotely likable character seemed to be the Scottish dude (but I'm a sucker for a Celtic accent).
And then there was the endless hammering home of the fact that the head librarian is a racist bigot -- she's always putting down women in hijabs. How tedious was that? In case you're worried about where I'm coming from: it's not that I'm a Klan member, it's just that I don't like one-dimensional caricatures being marshalled to make points most ABC viewers got long ago, like during the Whitlam era. Audiences are more sophisticated these days.
I imagine the idea behind this show was a spin-off from British comedies like Teachers, Black Books, the Reading Group (or is that the Amanda Lohrey book I'm thinking of?) I actually think the pretext of this show is a good one -- librarians are fertile grounds for comedic harvest. The library also provides a contained site for satire, tho so far the one that's happening seems to be the most hamfisted, single-layered one possible. I've been thinking about what I wrote in my post about Chris Lilley's work, and whether I simply like a good situation comedy rather than a clever conceit. But The Librarians virtually proves my point: it's all situation, not a lot of conceit.
Verdict: Ep 1 of The Librarians: just god awful. No stars. It's gunna be a dud.