Big Lake : Season 1

Metascore
42

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. It just plays like strung-together sketch comedy, working much harder for fewer rewards than if it added a little depth to the characters.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The show's tone slips between sitcom cheese and push-the-envelope absurdity.
  5. Many of the jokes are non sequitur riffs that turn into endurance tests. The cast seems to be aware of it.

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