• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 11, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 14 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 10, 2012
    50
    The show's just not as funny as Chelsea Handler is when she's playing Chelsea Handler.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jan 11, 2012
    20
    The show gets by as the vodka of television comedy. It aims to have no taste.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 11, 2012
    40
    Whenever Chelsea Handler is on screen in the new NBC comedy Are You There, Chelsea?, in which she plays not the title character but her sister Sloan, we see the hint of the better sitcom it wants to become.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 11, 2012
    30
    The show is so wrapped up in moving the needle of apparently outrageous behavior that it never does anything but repeat itself.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 11, 2012
    20
    The smarmy and incessant innuendo is more deafening than the laugh track, and yet no matter how low it stoops, it still lacks the zing and bite of Handler's cable antics.
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 11, 2012
    40
    A watered-down drink of a sitcom.
  7. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 11, 2012
    63
    Like the main character herself, the show is crude and rough around the edges, but you can see glimmers of potential.
  8. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jan 11, 2012
    38
    In place of dialogue, we get one-liners.
  9. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 11, 2012
    40
    The problem isn't the performers....The problem is the jokes.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Ward
    Jan 11, 2012
    40
    This isn't to say Are You There, Chelsea? is completely hopeless. There are bright spots. The brightest, predictably, is Handler.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 11, 2012
    67
    You may laugh, but you'll hate yourself afterward.
  12. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 10, 2012
    30
    Chelsea doesn't do anything to make the TV version of Chelsea interesting, likable or winning.
  13. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jan 10, 2012
    40
    Prepon manages to give Chelsea's raunchy lines and irritating actions--including the brush-off of that opening DUI--more zing and charm than the material merits.
  14. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 10, 2012
    20
    If it sounds a bit thrown together for sitcom's sake, it is.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 10, 2012
    25
    Vulgarity and lack of taste aren't the issues here as much as a deadening single-mindedness.
  16. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jan 10, 2012
    50
    If the writers relax their death grip on that formula and Handler stops choking the proceedings, Are You There, Chelsea? might be worth another look.
  17. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 10, 2012
    16
    A little too raw, especially in this hour.
  18. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 9, 2012
    30
    The show is gleefully rude in keeping with Ms. Handler's personal style, but 8:30 p.m. seems way too early for explicit sex jokes.
  19. Reviewed by: Henry Goldblatt
    Jan 9, 2012
    50
    Many of the plotlines are lifted (poorly) from Handler's best-sellers.
  20. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 9, 2012
    33
    The fictionalized Chelsea occupies that irritating middle ground where she's not likable enough to be watchable when she's just existing, and yet neutered enough that her bad behavior isn't actually all that funny.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 5, 2012
    30
    It's an awfully thin construct, and either too FX in its tawdriness or, alternately, not HBO enough in its execution.
  22. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 3, 2012
    25
    Everything in Chelsea seems painfully forced.
  23. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 27, 2012
    37
    The most puzzling thing about Are You There, Chelsea? is who exactly thought it was a good idea. Because it's not.
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 6, 2012
    38
    [Laura Prepon] doesn't have any of the original's bone-tired, hard-earned scorn. [19 Jan 2012, p.42]
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. JBM
    Jan 16, 2012
    1
    Rarely do I find a TV sitcom unwatchable but this one is it. Someone forgot to tell the producers and writers that a sitcom is supposed to have people in it the audience likes. Lots of shows handle drinking excessively with humor but in this case I felt like I was watching a documentary about alcoholism. What a totally unlikeable show. Can it. Full Review »
  2. Feb 3, 2012
    4
    Chelsea Handler must be stopped. One lame TV show is more than enough. We've all know you're a drunken slut Chelsea. Two books and a talk show have thoroughly uncovered the mystery. Call off the dogs. P.S. BRING BACK COMMUNITY you Hosers. Full Review »
  3. Apr 18, 2012
    10
    I absolutely love this show. Laura Prepon is hilarious in this part. I would be super upset if this show gets cancelled. I don't get it, when Charlie Sheen plays a womanizing, alcoholic he gets paid a mil an episode, and he's a real life drug addict. But when there is a character that is a promiscuous woman who drinks a lot, people are suddenly not interested. They only had half a season to be watched. They should be given at least another 10-12 episodes to establish a bigger following that I know is out there. Good luck cast and crew I'm rooting for you. Full Review »