Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. 75
    Oh, no--can it really be an other sitcom about a grown son moving back home after failing big time in the big city? Yes. But not, "oh, no."
  2. It just plays like strung-together sketch comedy, working much harder for fewer rewards than if it added a little depth to the characters.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Broadly limned, Big Lake works neither as a satire--and it stops trying after the delivery of Josh's back story--nor as an adventure in surrealist comedy, and it is tough to watch the strain for eccentricity.
  6. 30
    It's just a flat traditional sitcom built around lazy, repetitive jokes and audience cackles. It's just bad.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Having endured two installments, it's frankly hard to imagine anybody wading through Big Lake 98 more times.
  8. With this much bad acting and writing, this body of water should be declared a Superfund site.
  9. The show's tone slips between sitcom cheese and push-the-envelope absurdity.
  10. Many of the jokes are non sequitur riffs that turn into endurance tests. The cast seems to be aware of it.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    The mock-retro sitcom Big Lake, which boasts big-name producers (Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, whose The Other Guys is currently in theaters) but little in the way of actual comedy.

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