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‘Best Friends Forever’ sitcom relatable and pretty funny

LennParham (left) JessicSt. Clair play inseparable galpals.

Lennon Parham (left) and Jessica St. Clair play the inseparable galpals.

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Updated: May 5, 2012 8:14AM

Jessica and Lennon are besties and go way back.

So when Jessica (Jessica St. Clair, “Bridesmaids”) gets dumped by her husband, it’s her pal Lennon (Lennon Parham, “Accidentally on Purpose”) who picks up the pieces of Jessica’s shattered psyche in NBC’s new comedy, “Best Friends Forever.”

Lennon invites her heartbroken buddy to move back to Brooklyn and into the old apartment they used to share. It’s a nice gesture, unless you’re Lennon’s live-in boyfriend, Joe (Luka Jones).

“If you love each other so much, why don’t you just move to the Berkshires and open a lesbian candle shop?” says a distraught Joe, a rabid University of Michigan football fan who doesn’t care for the ladies’ “Steel Magnolias” marathons or their penchant for lamb shanks over monster chili.

From executive producer and Wheaton native Scot Armstrong (“Old School”), the series is highly relatable and, at times, pretty funny. It’s easy to sympathize with Joe’s predicament, and the relationship between Jessica and Lennon feels genuine.

But there are only so many laughs to be had — one, actually — by showing Jessica accidentally walk in on Joe naked. And the sitcom would be better off if Jessica toned down her overly neurotic-version-of-Tina-Fey-from-“30 Rock” act.

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