Ty Burr
September 13, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

From the producers of the hit Web soap The Spot comes what they’re billing as the first Web sitcom. But since the only laugh so far is the video of a guy cussing out his dog, this is more sit than com. The gimmick: A group of groovy-looking twentysomethings who met in a college improv group called Grapejam now try to maintain a semblance of togetherness through this website. But the navel-gazing daily mini-dramas aren’t yet engaging, and the site has all the organization of your mother’s attic. Where Grapejam excels is in its use of web widgets: QuickTime movie clips, virtual chat, goofy Shockwave-animated games, and a ”Grape Cam” that promises live improvisation. It’ll be interesting to see if these Grapes can squeeze out some laughs when pressed. B-

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