Bad Teacher : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 24, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Patrick Gomez
    Apr 18, 2014
    88
    The team behind Bad Teacher has successfully reconfigured the raunchy comedy into a heart warming sitcom starring Ari Graynor that is still bad in all the right ways. [28 Apr 2014]
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 23, 2014
    83
    It’s bright, sharp, without a laugh track and with a very well assembled ensemble cast headed by Ari Graynor in the Diaz role of a gold-digging, dumped divorcee looking to land another big fish.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Apr 24, 2014
    70
    All in all, it's a pleasant, sunny and well-played ephemeral farce; Gilbert, Grier, Hansen and Davis are all good to see again, and Graynor inhabits her character with verve and increasing grace.
  4. Reviewed by: Diane Garrett
    Apr 24, 2014
    70
    Its kindly spirit and those performances [from Graynor, Hansen and Grier] help prevent Bad Teacher from falling into the increasingly raunchy trap of its network predecessor, “Two and a Half Men.”
  5. Reviewed by: Karen Valby
    Apr 24, 2014
    67
    Meredith is a gold-digger, but when push comes to shove she chooses her students’ welfare over her ambition to become someone’s new wife. That is a pat resolution in a movie but not enough to sustain a series.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Apr 23, 2014
    67
    Despite the structural problems, there are considerable delights in each one of these episodes. All of them contain a handful of belly laughs, and the dialogue is sharp and pointed even when it’s not riotously funny.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Apr 24, 2014
    60
    There’s warmth and some humor here. It’s also been tweaked so that, unlike the movie, it isn’t only for teens. But Bad Teacher has a tough test ahead.
  8. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Apr 23, 2014
    60
    As is so often the case, the premiere episode tries too hard and isn’t as funny as it could be. The writing loosens up later on, and has some charm.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 23, 2014
    60
    Adapted by Hilary Winston from the movie, the show quickly falls into a predictable pattern.... Still, taken on its own terms, the series is pretty amusing.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 23, 2014
    58
    On the whole, Bad Teacher is a pleasant, unremarkable adaptation of a middling Cameron Diaz vehicle that, in the translation from standalone film to series television (and, specifically, to CBS), loses whatever teeth the movie had.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 24, 2014
    50
    Bad Teacher is like a comedy club on a Sunday morning. No fun.
  12. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Apr 22, 2014
    50
    It’s not about a “bad” teacher, just a slightly irreverent one.
  13. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Apr 21, 2014
    50
    It’s decent material to mine for laughs in a two-hour movie, but it wears thin on a weekly basis despite solid performances by the rest of the cast.
  14. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 21, 2014
    50
    The show has its funny moments, and the cast is pretty good, especially the younger actors.
  15. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Apr 24, 2014
    40
    Perhaps “Mediocre Teacher” would be a better title for this so-so comedy about trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor), who suddenly finds herself replaced by a shinier trophy.
  16. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 23, 2014
    40
    Bad Teacher relies on a one-joke premise that's funny enough in the premiere but seems like it will wear poorly over time.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 24, 2014
    37
    Unfortunately, it takes Bad Teacher less than 30 minutes to feel as exhausted and repetitive as Men does after 11 years.
  18. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Apr 24, 2014
    30
    Bad Teacher has its moments, with dialogue that's sometimes sharper than the situations. It isn't nearly funny enough, though, to make me want to spend another period--much less the rest of the school year--watching Graynor vamp her way through American history.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 24, 2014
    30
    Graynor is so obviously vulgar a man-eater that there's no charm to her bawdy smarm. The stereotypes surrounding her (David Alan Grier as the gullible soft-touch principal, Sara Gilbert as a desperately nerdy teacher and Kristin Davis as her prim nemesis) are little help.
  20. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 23, 2014
    25
    As expected, the transition from big screen to small doesn't exactly work. What this Bad Teacher really needed to do was outsmart the source material--make this version more clever, or sharper, or funnier, or (above all) make it for adults.
  21. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    Bad Teacher is a comedy--barely--that reinforces an unfortunate message that teaching is a career wasteland.
  22. Reviewed by: Matt Brennan
    Apr 22, 2014
    12
    Leached of the original's tart sense of humor, the series quickly settles into lowest-common-denominator boilerplate, an unintended critique of the declining sitcom formula.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Apr 25, 2014
    1
    Wretched acting, no plot, and not funny. Might be funny for the 9-year-old boy crowd but the juvenile humor is below even that loftyWretched acting, no plot, and not funny. Might be funny for the 9-year-old boy crowd but the juvenile humor is below even that lofty audience. Not worth the electrons needed to keep the screen lit. Full Review »
  2. Apr 27, 2014
    10
    A hilarious show I laughed the entire time. It's a good transition from Cameron diaz's movie to this tv version. A good cast and a goodA hilarious show I laughed the entire time. It's a good transition from Cameron diaz's movie to this tv version. A good cast and a good storyline for tv. Full Review »
  3. Apr 25, 2014
    1
    This series should have been entitled "Bad Show," and the pilot portends no improvement. I didn't note a single redeeming feature. The premiseThis series should have been entitled "Bad Show," and the pilot portends no improvement. I didn't note a single redeeming feature. The premise and the script are abysmally juvenile, the cast unremarkable. I see no season 2 in its future. Full Review »