"As If" and "The Random Years" premiere back to back starting at 9 tonight on UPN. Each half-hour series might more appropriately use the other's title, for the first show is dismayingly random and the second pretends as if it were "Seinfeld."
"As If" follows six young adults as they make their way through a world of manipulation, bonding and really large muffins, which appear in close-up several times as a leitmotif tonight.
Though it would seem these folks are college students, studying is the last thing on their minds. Most of the premiere takes place in a bar and disco, with various flashbacks and time warps that come across as more of a distracting jumble than an innovative approach.
The show has a great techno/house music soundtrack but lacks characters that are easy to care about. The alternatively named, coiffed and pierced Sooz (Emily Corrie), a transfer from the British series on which "As If" is based, comes closest.