• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 21, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 20, 2012
    70
    Admittedly, the premise is a little fragile for syndication--who ever heard of a five-year remodel?--but Bent is so breezy as to sort of beg for more.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 21, 2012
    40
    Bent feels like a one-night stand where, in the morning, no one minds if you don't stay for breakfast.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 20, 2012
    50
    Bent is not a terrible show but it's not particularly good either.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 21, 2012
    70
    Bent is the sort of funky offbeat comedy that grows on you, so watching more than one episode at a sitting turns out to be a good thing.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 20, 2012
    63
    If the show lacks novelty, it's not without its appeal. The dialogue is unforced without being aimless, and there's fun to be had from a strong supporting cast.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 20, 2012
    58
    The show ambles along without getting viewers to particularly care about Alex or Pete. Without that requisite electricity, they're hollow, or just sad.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 20, 2012
    75
    The humor has a light, convivial burble. [26 Mar 2012, p.45]
  8. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 21, 2012
    70
    It would be a mistake to count this scruffy little comedy out. It's really charming.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 20, 2012
    83
    It is snappy, and funny enough when it needs to be.
  10. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 20, 2012
    80
    This unexpectedly charming, well-cast romantic comedy from Tad Quill ("Scrubs," "Spin City") represents something rare enough on NBC: a half-hour whose appeal might conceivably extend beyond the cable-sized viewership of savagely smart but more insular series like "30 Rock" and "Community."
  11. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 21, 2012
    50
    You'd have more fun watching somebody put up drywall.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 20, 2012
    67
    Bent ends up being worth watching for the recurring grins it provides. Just don't expect to ever know what happens to any of its main characters.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 21, 2012
    70
    If the characters are not particularly original, neither do they come off as artificial. The dialogue is 75% banter, but it is crisp and tart, and the actors make even the ripostes you can predict sound spontaneous.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Mar 20, 2012
    83
    This eccentric romantic comedy deserves a chance to survive.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 20, 2012
    70
    The show misses its mark--but not by much and not in any objectionable way.
  16. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 20, 2012
    80
    Yes, they [Amanda Peet and David Walton] throw sparks, but it's more than that. The quick reparte and the presence of great secondary players is also a crucial part of the appeal.
  17. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Mar 20, 2012
    75
    Despite this highly unoriginal setup, NBC's midseason rom-com Bent has its charms--most of which come from the laid-back, likable lothario Pete.
  18. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 20, 2012
    70
    Beneath all that witty repartee, the two main characters actually have some depth.
  19. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mar 20, 2012
    70
    There's a lot going on in Bent. A lot of absurdity, a lot of characters, and that vital thing, a lot of talent.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Apr 20, 2012
    4
    The show may have potential but seems to be just trashy jokes and concepts that pass as entertainment today. I watch out of boredom really, and to for long. Full Review »
  2. Apr 15, 2012
    10
    to be honest, i think most of us are tired of the poorly written, poorly executed rom-coms. Bent, is thankfully a refreshing new twist to a used up concept. The show wastes little time on introduction, yet making you understand most of the main characters. David Walton pulls of a relaxed and slack contractor to Amanda Peet's single mother/lawyer. But by far the best part of the show is Jeffrey Tambor's best role since Arrested Development. not for everyone, but a it will surely give you a good chuckle. Full Review »
  3. Apr 10, 2012
    8
    love it, good cast, very funny, enjoying the relationships and the characters of the show, what's not to like? keep it up...................................................... Full Review »