• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2010
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    80
    The potential to run into a rut, especially with the long-married Vicky and Joel, looms large. But when it does work, the relatable relationship tics of Better With You should wring a few chuckles from anyone who's ever been in love for any length of time.
  2. 58
    Better With You has the foundation to be an engaging comedy. Right now, it's difficult to commit to a long-term relationship
  3. 75
    The cast and the writing are solid, and I think we can assume there's wisdom ahead. It's definitely a family that could grow on you. But I wouldn't go so far as to marry into it.
  4. Some of the wait for it...It's a punchline! moments feel very last-century compared with fresher Cougar Town and 30 Rock, but the likable cast shows promise.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    60
    It's a low-key premise, but not a bad one. And when you have comic actors this solid on-board, you can almost make believe that this flimsiness has substance.
  6. 40
    It's ABC's attempt to replicate last season's wildly successful intergenerational comedy Modern Family, and, like many genetic experiments, it ends in mutant disaster.
  7. This likable and predictable new sitcom about three couples in the same family probably wouldn't get a lot of attention all by itself. But slung in the hammock between "The Middle" and "Modern Family," two established sitcoms about endearingly off-center families, it should snuggle right in.
  8. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    83
    These actors are serious sitcom pros, and their show is actually about something genuine--sibling bonding/rivalry, parental button-pushing, relationship-building. It's nice to see some emotional meat in a live-audience staging again, feeding off the energy and reactions of real people.
  9. 50
    It's a temperature-controlled How I Met Your Mother. [27 Sep 2010, p.56]
  10. It may not be an original setup, but the cast is good and the writing's better than you might expect from a former "Friends" writer who went on to produce "Joey."
  11. The whole thing perks along like a Honda Civic and is just about as exciting.
  12. Better With You is a genuinely funny, well-acted traditional sitcom reminiscent of "Dharma & Greg" and other past successful romantic comedies.
  13. 40
    Better With You might try to be a straight-up joke/punchline/laughtrack sitcom. But that dooms it to comparisons with the other ABC shows such as Modern Family and The Middle that bookend it on Wednesday night. Those shows both have more distinct attitudes toward institutions like families and, particularly, marriage, than Better With You seems likely to find.
  14. 83
    Surprisingly clever dialogue, great characters and an excellent cast will make you enjoy this very typical sitcom in spite of yourself.
  15. It's as rote and unfunny and ridiculous as hundreds of other ambitionless sitcoms to hit the air.
  16. There is hope that Better might turn into a solid series: the writing is smart and patient, and dialogue wed to Casey's good-guy dopiness lands well.
  17. 60
    The executive producers, Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Greg Malins, both worked on "Friends," and the jokes in Better With You have the polish and the off-center, sneakily funny quality that marked that show. But the single-family multigeneration setup seems to have facilitated an undertone of nastiness and desperation in the humor, most clearly expressed in the condescending portrayal of the youngest couple.
  18. It's not a bad sitcom, just a bit ordinary given the company it's keeping.
  19. 88
    For now, what Better brings you are six well-written, well-played characters (Lacy offers a particularly nice take on his slacker doofus) who say and do enough funny things to keep you amused between Middle and Modern.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Better With You fits in with that lesser two-thirds of ABC's returning sitcom block, and while it's by no means an eyesore, it hasn't done anything to improve the neighborhood.
  21. Like several new shows this season, the ABC comedy is neither cover-your-eyes bad nor set-the-DVR-season-pass good. It just sort of is what it is, which is occasionally cute and amusing--thanks mostly to a cast of comedy veterans--but largely forgettable.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Nov 4, 2010
    5
    Another 80s style sitcom a la "Hot in Cleveland" and "Sh*t My Dad Says". Comfortable like an old sweater you dug up from the back of the closet, but horribly outdated, full of holes and smelling of mothballs. Nestled between "The Middle" (same traditional style, but much better in every respect) and "Modern Family" (a different league altogether), the show was set for success, but in that (coveted) slot it looks even blander and un-funnier than it really is. Full Review »
  2. Oct 23, 2010
    9
    A funny, interesting new show beyond what I expected. ABC did have Modern Family and Cougar Town, but it needed to step it up a notch. This show did it. It deserves a wider audience range. However, it feels like I've seen it before. Other than that it is good. Full Review »
  3. Apr 27, 2013
    1
    So glad this show got the axe. It was corny, phoney and lame. To an actor a gig is a gig. But the writing here just stinks! Why do some ppl believe that stupidity and over exuberance makes comedy? It just shows a lack of creativity. Now 4 that this shows should win an award... Good riddence Full Review »