There are many solid concepts for sitcoms that just don’t pan out. Here is one of them: A group of people who may once have known and even liked each other meet up again years later in a wildly different setting. Comedy ensues.

Morgan Morel
She was the fat kid. (Courtesy of CBS)

Taking advantage of the growth of some charaters and the regression of others, it would be an interesting riff on the inevitable progress of life. CBS’s new comedy “The Class” seeks to do just that. Unfortunately, in opting for the quick and easy over the original and the banal, laugh-tracked tidbits over a fresh, provocative narrative, the show is hardly worth a look.

“The Class” centers on early middle-aged adult Ethan (Jason Ritter, “Joan of Arcadia”), who wants to impress his fianc

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