Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11

Critic Reviews

  1. Their [Gethard and Parnell] interplay, once things get moving, is appealing, if not quite compelling, but what sold me on the pilot was the moment when 14-year-old Dylan Blue, as Gethard's beyond-the-law kid brother, revealed his dark side, and his gun; I was a little frightened.
  2. I might not believe for a moment that any of these people actually exist in nature, much less Pennsylvania, but Big Lake, with its wink and a nod to a format that always required suspension of disbelief, is at least more than willing to own its silliness.
  3. Many of the jokes are non sequitur riffs that turn into endurance tests. The cast seems to be aware of it.
  4. The show's tone slips between sitcom cheese and push-the-envelope absurdity.
  5. It just plays like strung-together sketch comedy, working much harder for fewer rewards than if it added a little depth to the characters.

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