• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 30, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 28, 2011
    40
    Allen Gregory's over-the-top characters don't promise to age very well. That's a shame, really, since the show has a cool look and actually the potential to be about something in dealing with how a pretentious egghead tries to fit in.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 28, 2011
    60
    This kid behaves so obnoxiously toward the whole world that we want to stand up and scream, "Doesn't anybody in this whole school know how to spit in this kid's sushi roll? Is there not one of you who could jam his head into a toilet?" Which is, of course, exactly the response that creator Jonah Hill wants.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 27, 2011
    40
    Maybe as an animated sketch on "Saturday Night Live," Allen Gregory would leave viewers eager for more. But in half-hour form, it's too much of the same.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 28, 2011
    50
    I love the way Allen Gregory talks down to every adult he encounters, as if they're members of a lower species. But the world built around that core of satire is a lot less promising.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 27, 2011
    25
    Gross, ugly, vicious and stupid--Allen is all of that, to be sure. But funny? Too rarely to matter.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 31, 2011
    30
    With no other likable characters and a thin premise, Allen Gregory seems as one-dimensional as the animation.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 28, 2011
    25
    This is one kid who should not stay in the picture. [7 Nov 2011, p.45]
  8. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 27, 2011
    40
    Perhaps Allen Gregory's arrogance is meant to be entertaining, but I just found it mostly insufferable, despite his occasional flashes of self-awareness.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 31, 2011
    33
    It could be a problem Allen Gregory solves later on, either by softening its main character (and his dad) or by pushing supporting characters more to the forefront, but the version on display in the pilot is one I have no interest in ever watching again.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 27, 2011
    40
    Once in a while, he sounds like a little boy. This much works, but whether it can sustain a series is a fair question.
  11. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 27, 2011
    50
    It's hard to think of anyone likable among the main characters, except for Jeremy. And that's the sly point of the show.
  12. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Nov 1, 2011
    10
    Allen Gregory is not funny--not even a little bit--and it is not remotely entertaining.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 27, 2011
    50
    Maybe the content also will rise to the level of the art deco-ish visuals. But the opening episode has an overall creepy feel to it, paced of course by a seven-year-old's carnal longings for his gruff sexagenerian principal.
  14. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 27, 2011
    30
    Although Allen Gregory might have worked as a sardonic, sideways blow to the gifted-child culture, it is so thoroughly coated in a single flavor of sourness that it is difficult to view it as anything but pointless and quickly repetitive.
  15. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Oct 27, 2011
    58
    So pleased with itself, it doesn't seem concerned about pleasing us.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 28, 2011
    40
    Conceptual fuzziness isn't the main problem. That would be the writing, a labored attempt to parody certain Manhattan and Malibu attitudes and speech patterns
  17. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 26, 2011
    75
    The absurdity of an omniscient sophisticate still in short pants carries plenty of comedic potential.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Oct 31, 2011
    25
    For what it's worth, Hill's performance as Allen Gregory's titular character is the only noteworthy aspect of an otherwise shoddy show.
  19. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Oct 25, 2011
    42
    Obviously, he is supposed to be insufferable, but there's not enough else in the show to distract you from just how much you want to shove the tiny egomaniac into his Louis Vuitton lunch box.
  20. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    Oct 31, 2011
    50
    The writers need to differentiate how Allen Gregory relates to Jeremy from how he relates to Julie. If the show had Allen Gregory treat Jeremy and Julie differently, there'd be more opportunity for a wider variety of jokes, including some that don't involve yelling.
  21. Reviewed by: David Eckstein
    Oct 25, 2011
    30
    For all its stylistic appeal, one sizable problem remains with Allen Gregory--it's not funny.
User Score
2.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 13 out of 25
  1. Oct 31, 2011
    1
    This show needs to be terminated. Immediately. This show doesn't entertain you, it just makes you so mad at the main character that you want someone to punt him off the Empire State Building. That isn't entertainment, that is torture to a human mind. I don't care how different the producers wanted this show to be, but they need to get back to the drawing board. Hell, even the visuals were lackluster. Full Review »
  2. Apr 9, 2012
    0
    One of the most horrible cartoons ever, I believe that FOX intent copy other horrible cartoon (Ugly Americans) and the results are same, the two cartoons are atrocious, horrible and boring. Ok, the drawings of Gregory can be better, but the caroon is boring, and stupid. Full Review »
  3. Dec 5, 2011
    9
    The show isn't as bad as some people make it out to be. Sure it had a rocky start the first few episodes, but last nights episode I got a few chuckles out of. How is this any worse than American Dad or Family Guy, which I believe to have declined drastically over the past few seasons. Go easy guys. It has already been canceled. Let the show rest in piece. Full Review »