• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 14, 2005
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

Critic Reviews

  1. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Apr 20, 2014
    90
    There's a vibrancy here, and a clarity, that we haven't seen in network sitcoms in ages. The way ABC's "Lost" reconfigured dramatic storytelling, Showtime's Barbershop so invigorates the humor format that we hate to call it a sitcom. It's entirely its own animal. And that's evolution of a kind everyone can get behind. [12 Aug 2005, p.]
  2. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Apr 19, 2014
    90
    It’s raucously funny in its own right and in its own way. If the first season’s remaining nine episodes are anywhere near as laugh-out-loud hilarious as tonight’s opener, Barbershop: The Series will be nothing less than Showtime’s strongest entry yet in the comedy field. [14 Aug 2005, p.J1]
  3. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 16, 2014
    83
    Barbershop is inventively edited, consistently funny and decidedly not for kids. [14 Aug 2005, p.3]
  4. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Apr 19, 2014
    75
    Raucous, bawdily good-natured. [14 Aug 2005]
  5. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 20, 2014
    70
    Messy, unruly but occasionally quite funny, "Barbershop" doubtless could use a trim here and there, and perhaps a little extra styling. Yet in its unassuming way, the series breezily picks up where the movie and its sequel left off. [12 Aug 2005, p.2]
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 19, 2014
    70
    Pretty funny. Pretty profane, too, but still funny, and a better-realized weekly program than last week's Showtime comedy premiere, "Weeds."
  7. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Apr 20, 2014
    63
    It's a crossover series that works, and has the strong potential to lure crossover audiences as well. Expect this "Barbershop" to stay open for quite a few years.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 20, 2014
    63
    What it lacks, unfortunately, is style -- some sense of smart, well-executed, up-to-date design. You can almost see the corners being cut, from the inconsistent casting to the cheap reliance on sex to the blatantly fake back-lot sets that are trying to pass for Chicago. You may not expect originality in a movie transfer, not when familiarity is what's selling the show. But you do expect Barbershop to display enough style of its own to avoid looking like a cheap knockoff.
  9. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Chuck Barney
    Apr 16, 2014
    60
    The humor in the pilot is anything but razor-sharp: The writers too often confuse coarse language for jokes, and a subplot in which Calvin coaches a Nigerian co-worker on the finer points of the booty call sputters badly. Still, there is promise here, thanks mainly to a collection of intriguing characters. [14 Aug 2005, p.F4]
  10. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Doug Elfman
    Apr 20, 2014
    50
    [It] isn't awful. Mostly, it's just too tightly packed, like those peanut cans kids open and giant toy snakes spring out. [11 Aug 2005, p.49]
  11. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 20, 2014
    50
    Barbershop's tarty makeover - surprising, because three of the films' producers, including star Ice Cube, are behind this - does more than just sex it up for premium cable. The good will has been snipped from the franchise. [11 Aug 2005, p.53]
  12. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Apr 20, 2014
    50
    Though the TV version catches some of the tone and replicates the topicality of the big-screen originals, and shares executive producers, it lacks their grounded reality -- not too surprising, really, for a work of fiction based on a work of fiction -- as well as their warmth. [12 Aug 2005, p.E2]
  13. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 20, 2014
    50
    Funny in places, but after three viewings of Sunday's debut episode, I'm still trying to figure out if and how the series will advance the original film.
  14. Reviewed by: Teresa Wiltz
    Apr 19, 2014
    40
    Its rhythms are off, from the hyperactive handheld camera to the hyper dialogue. The actors come across as Shakespearean thespians pontificating on life in Da Hood.
  15. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Apr 19, 2014
    40
    In its first episode, Barbershop drops the ball, mistaking mere profanity for edginess and digging for laughs in dull, typical sitcom fashion. [14 Aug 2005, p.5]

There are no user reviews yet.