Allen Gregory : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 30, 2011
Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21

Critic Reviews

  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  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: 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 28, 2011
    25
    This is one kid who should not stay in the picture. [7 Nov 2011, p.45]
  14. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Nov 1, 2011
    10
    Allen Gregory is not funny--not even a little bit--and it is not remotely entertaining.
  15. 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
  16. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Oct 27, 2011
    58
    So pleased with itself, it doesn't seem concerned about pleasing us.
  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
2.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 15 out of 27
  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 wantThis 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, theOne 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. Aug 20, 2015
    0
    I just had to stop to see why people thought this show as so terrible. Turns out they were right about all of it. This is one of the mostI just had to stop to see why people thought this show as so terrible. Turns out they were right about all of it. This is one of the most laugh-free time wasters you'll ever see, and one of the most uncomfortable. Almost all of the characters are absolutely horrible, and Allen Gregory himself along with his father are some of the worst characters ever to be allowed on TV. They are entirely self-obsessed and have zero understanding of right and wrong, imposing their will on all others no matter what gets in their way, with everyone slave to their stupidity and ignorance no matter what. It's situations are revolting and it has absolutely none of the sophistication of clever tongue-in-cheek satire of The Simpsons or South Park. Instead it seems to rely solely on shock value and on being as aggressively mean-spirited as possible. All of it without any point whatsoever, and you feel terrible for characters like Jeremy and Julie who must endure the abuses at the hands of the father/son duo from Hell every waking moment of their lives. This show crosses every line but there's no point to any of it, and it just isn't at all that funny for those reasons and so many more. I think I recall at most five or six points in these seven episodes where I chuckled a little, the rest of the time I just sat there in quiet disbelief. Thankfully there were only seven episodes made; any more than that of the sick twisted things this show chucks out would've simply been too much. Has to be seen to be believed. Just to understand its utter failure at anything resembling "comedy". Full Review »