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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Billie (Jenna Elfman) becomes pregnant with her one-night stand's baby. She decides to keep it, but she's not too sure about the father of the baby.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. 75
    Suspend all disbelief, pretend the really, really offensive laugh track doesn't exist, disregard the giant slabs of ham offered up by Jensen and Parham, and enjoy the chemistry between Elfman and Foster.
  2. 63
    Elfman has a loopy charm and hyperdrive nuttiness that calls to mind the great screwball comedians, but she needs a strong force playing against her to soak up some of her energy. Foster may grow into that role, but right now, she's blasting him off the screen.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Accidentally feels like a show that's nearly been focus-grouped into oblivion--with lines, beats and a cultural resonance that's so familiar you can almost see the baseball bat of predictability descending upon your head. So be it. Elfman's fine, as usual. This could be worse.
  4. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    This is an utterly predictable comedy (what, you don't think Zack and Billie will fall in love in Season 2, right after he starts dating another chick and Billie has an epiphany?) that's got a few fun lines.
  5. CBS can turn a lot of tired fluff into sitcom hits, so who knows about Accidentally on Purpose? There are laughs here and there, but mostly it's all so very familiar and not remotely as funny as "Modern Family" or "Cougar Town."
  6. Zack (Jon Foster) also very sweet, which leaves Elfman as the sour (sort of) grown-up, a thankless job made only more thankless by the writing, which takes a bad situation and only makes it worse.
  7. Jenna Elfman (who plays a newspaper movie critic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with the young guy on the left, played by Jon Foster) seemed like a loose, natural comedienne, but she's trying way too hard to sell the jokes here-possibly because she knows no one's going to buy them without a whole lot of help.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 48
  2. Negative: 21 out of 48
  1. JuliaB
    Dec 15, 2009
    This show is great! I love the humor and the cast mix. We watch it second now (right after we watch Big Bang) on our DVR. My husband and I are both big fans! Please keep it...it's so nice to watch something that isn't "heavy" or drama... Expand
  2. PaulM
    Feb 22, 2010
    Jenna Elfman and Jon Foster are irresistible. Sexy yet sweet, sarcastic yet good-natured, they capture in their screen personalities the contradictions of today's culture. Regardless of plot, they are utterly winning and compellingly charming. The 2010 version of feel-good entertainment. Expand
  3. Oct 23, 2010
    Hilarious is how I describe this show. It's a shame it was cancelled early, because I thought it was intelligent and hilarious. I loved it. R.I.P A.O.P Collapse
  4. laydenp.
    Sep 24, 2009
    I thought at first it was moving a little too fast but you have to work with what you have in 22 minutes.. but i didnt really think the acting was bad; it has potential. Expand
  5. KF.
    Sep 26, 2009
    What do you get when you "borrow" the idea for a sitcom from a moderately amusing movie? A sad and pathetic unfunny show. Even worse than the script is the very annoying laughtrack. The laughtrack occurs so often that it must be an "Accidentally on Purpose" attempt to drown out the terrible script writing. Expand
  6. mikep
    Sep 21, 2009
    The show dragged and its not close to funny. Please cancel ASAP.
  7. AndrewL
    Sep 27, 2009
    Just painful to get through. The laugh track makes it even worse.

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