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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 22, 2014
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Minnie Driver, David Walton, Al Madrigal
  • Summary: Will Freeman (David Walton), a songwriter living off his royalties, finds his life changed by the arrival of Fiona (Minnie Driver) and her son Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) next door, in this comedy based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Jason Katims
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Feb 22, 2014
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 09:30 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 21, 2014
    88
    There's so much here to build on, from the strong performances to the chemistry between the stars to the sweet central story of two people helping each other mature.
  2. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Feb 21, 2014
    80
    Two sweet, funny, even poignant dramedies ["About a Boy" and "Growing up Fisher"] launch on NBC this weekend, both helping midseason feel richer than the meager offerings of the network's fall slate.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 24, 2014
    80
    He [David Walton] and About a Boy are at its best in those disarming moments when Will lets down his guard and faces his grown-up responsibilities to teach Marcus how to enjoy the "total exuberance" of boyhood.
  4. Reviewed by: Christopher Muther
    Feb 20, 2014
    70
    It’s sweet but not syrupy. The pilot is so beautifully written and acted that it’s difficult to offer any kind of resistance, flaws and all.
  5. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Feb 24, 2014
    67
    Produced by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood"), About a Boy is snappy with some well-observed one-liners, but it's a fairly conventional sitcom about an unconventional family.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Feb 20, 2014
    60
    The show is a sweetened, Americanized version of the 2002 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant, which was itself adapted from Nick Hornby's 1998 novel.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 21, 2014
    30
    Once you strip down the predictable jokes (Will teaching Marcus about “the bro code of silence”; letting Marcus eat forbidden barbecue ribs), you’re left with a banal arrangement of gender and social stereotypes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 14, 2014
    10
    Happy to read that this show is being renewed for the Fall 2014 line up. The cast is awesome!! Stories are funny, heartwarming, and clever.Happy to read that this show is being renewed for the Fall 2014 line up. The cast is awesome!! Stories are funny, heartwarming, and clever. I look forward to the show's return!! Expand
  2. Apr 28, 2014
    10
    Wonderful new show, great acting, always a moral regarding friendship at the end of the show. Good chemistry with all main characters. HopeWonderful new show, great acting, always a moral regarding friendship at the end of the show. Good chemistry with all main characters. Hope the show is around for a long time. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2014
    9
    Feel-good show reminiscent of "Calvin and Hobbes" among other "buddy stories." The pilot was well-done, and the show has a lot of potential toFeel-good show reminiscent of "Calvin and Hobbes" among other "buddy stories." The pilot was well-done, and the show has a lot of potential to grow into something even better.
    "About A Boy," as well as "Growing Up Fisher" are two of the new shows on NBC worth getting excited about!
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  4. Feb 23, 2014
    8
    Great pilot, Walton is no Hugh Grant but he is more then adequate and Minnie Driver lights up the screen. Only problem I can see is that theGreat pilot, Walton is no Hugh Grant but he is more then adequate and Minnie Driver lights up the screen. Only problem I can see is that the pilot was a synopsis of the movie, can the second episode build on that? Are the writers up to the task? Warm funny not too mushy, so far so good. Expand
  5. Mar 5, 2014
    7
    I was determined not to like this. I was pleasantly surprised. The kid is adorable abd Mimi Driver bright and sassy. She is a strange offI was determined not to like this. I was pleasantly surprised. The kid is adorable abd Mimi Driver bright and sassy. She is a strange off kilter Mother that works. So far, so good.We will see if the writers will keep the show hopping and not redo each week the same show.The neighbor is a hunk with a heart he can't hide. A good start to a whacky, but potentially cute series. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2014
    7
    I had to remake this review because i had some different feelings on the show . turns out about a boy is not funny But Jason Katmis createdI had to remake this review because i had some different feelings on the show . turns out about a boy is not funny But Jason Katmis created a good show. About a boy star Benjamin Stockham is a complete embarrassment to the series . Grade A Expand
  7. Apr 23, 2014
    5
    I really loved the movie. The Fiona character in the movie is annoying at first but slowly becomes open to the idea of her son benefittingI really loved the movie. The Fiona character in the movie is annoying at first but slowly becomes open to the idea of her son benefitting from a friendship with Will. Unfortunately the TV show isn't hitting that mark. I've liked Minnie Driver in almost everything I've seen her in but in this she is UNBEARABLE! She's a snarky hypocrite, sitting on her high horse judging Will at every turn while preaching peace, love and understanding. He could have easily closed himself off to the lonely, suffocated Marcus but he doesn't. He continuously tries to help the kid from becoming a social pariah at school and the only thanks he ever gets is Fiona telling him to stay away from her son. She also goes so far as to tell OTHERS how horrible a person Will is. YES, he's an immature man-child. But he didn't initiate the relationship with Marcus. He tried everything to avoid it. So instead of thanking him for being kind, she stabs Will in the back whenever she gets the chance. (When she's not taking advantage of the free childcare, that is.) The only thing that might save this show is the relationship between Will and Marcus. The two actors have great chemistry. Hugh Grant is a hard act to follow, and David Walton makes a pretty great effort. And Benjamin Stockham is just a delight to watch no matter what he's in. If they tone down Minnie Driver’s character and make her a little more neighborly and a little less condescending, I might start watching it. Expand

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