• Network:
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Bleep My Dad Says Image
Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics What's this?

User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 66 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: This comedy based on the popular Twitter feed follows the life of 20-something Henry Bennett (Jonathan Sadowski), who moves back in with his father Ed (William Shatner).
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 26
  2. Negative: 18 out of 26
  1. $#*! My Dad Says feels hopelessly old school. It relies on a stock sitcom character--the crabby dad--that we've seen over and over. It mainly anchors itself to a claustrophobic sitcom-y living room, and it relies too heavily on a tired, rat-a-tat setup/punchline delivery.
  2. The plot of the $#*! premiere episode marks an improvement on the first pilot as it scraps an uncomfortable real estate scheme story in favor of better establishing the relationship between Henry and Ed, but the show's humor is still too often as crude as its title.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    William Shatner makes the pilot barely watchable, but only because the fleeting moments of heart overshadow the mostly limp one-liners. In a business obsessed with younger demos, the septuagenarian Shatner is an unlikely sitcom star, but he provides the lone spark in this otherwise-formulaic comedy.
  4. 30
    The new version, with Jonathan Sadowski as Shatner's estranged son seeking to establish a relationship, feels less like a Twitter feed and more like an actual television show--but not a good television show.
  5. 25
    CBS prounouces $#*! as "bleep," although the Twitter account that inspired the show uses an actual profanity. Either works as a short critique. [4 Oct 2010, p.38]
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    20
    So they can't use the name, can't use most of the jokes and can't keep the tone of the Twitter feed. Remind me again why CBS wanted to make this into a TV show?
  7. Reviewed by: Kris King
    0
    $#*! My Dad Says is a dismal show, harboring the worst qualities of every lame, four-camera, laugh-tracked sitcom on television. The jokes are painful, the acting is hammy, the characters are flat, and it simply isn't funny. Ever.

See all 26 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 12 out of 29
  1. Oct 15, 2010
    10
    I Liked Bleep my Dad says. First of all its from the creators of Will & Grace so I know as it grows it will only get better & better. The cast has had me laughing for years & I would tune in to anything they were involved in @ this point. William Shatner is very likable in this as well. Expand
  2. Sep 25, 2010
    10
    I was waiting for the worst show ever-- something along the lines of Cougartown-- when I read the critics, and boy was I surprised. Was it the best pilot ever? Of course not, but man, there were some sharp jokes and they also weren't afraid to go for sentimentality. The laughs, apparently, were from an actual audience, not added in. Shows like Modern Family will always look better or "smarter" because they are shot and lit like a movie, and are put together in editing. SMDS is by far the funniest of the new crop of sitcoms, and for my money, I don't know of a multicam that comes close to being as funny. Can't wait to see where the show goes. I'm on board! Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2010
    8
    I have to agree with bechance77. This sitcom actually made me laugh, and William Shatner as the disgruntled dad is just perfect. While I have to admit that the writing is still a little rough around the edges, the gags were plentiful. Just what I expected from the producers of Will & Grace. I definitely tune in again and see where this show is going. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2010
    4
    The biggest issue with this show is that its clear how could it could have been, instead we're treated to a mediocre sitcom that falls into the same pitfall that far too many American sitcoms fall into - Substitution of a laugh track instead of comedy in the hope that we won't notice.

    It does have its moments, some of William Shatners' lines are funny, however he doesn't seem to be the right person to play the part - or maybe I've been watching far to much Boston Legal lately.

    This show can be rescued from crapness as long as the lessons from the Pilot are learned - Kill the Laugh track and inject more comedy and maybe it just might make it through the season, but if the pilot is all we can expect, then this show is a cancellation waiting to happen.
    Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2010
    3
    Most of what makes the original version of Sh*t My Dad Says compelling, and even endearing, gets lost in translation to broadcast television. The only thing that makes the television version watchable is William Shatner. This has nothing to do with the material, and everything to do with The Shat. It's not the worst thing I've ever watched, but they've turned an innovative new-media phenomenon into a decidedly old media sitcom, complete with a laugh track. (I mean, really. If you can't trust the home audience to know when to laugh, can't you at least get a live audience in the studio?) In an age where the television schedule is filled with brilliant comedies with snappy dialog, great writing, beautiful camera work, insightful character development, and themes that connect with audience members' hearts and minds, this show is glaringly void of any of these qualities. Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2011
    1
    The Twitter account this is based on is stupidly unfunny, and clearly a load of recycled lines from various cynical comedy characters over the years. And the resulting sitcom, with William Shatner nontheless, is probably better. But, still, very very bad. Expand
  7. Oct 2, 2010
    0
    This is not a funny show. The pilot had zero laughs and resorted to cheap and obvious gags. The only good actor is William Shatner but a good performance by him can't make up for the god-awful acting of the rest of the cast. The show uses a laugh track which is cheesy and makes the show completely unwatchable. Expand

See all 29 User Reviews

Related Articles

  1. 2010-11 TV Scorecard: The Best and Worst Shows and Networks

    2010-11 TV Scorecard: The Best and Worst Shows and Networks Image
    Published: May 3, 2011
    It's time for our annual look at the best and worst of the past television season. Find out which first-year broadcast and cable shows impressed critics and users the most, and see how the major networks compared.
  2. Fall 2010 TV Scorecard: The Best & Worst New Shows

    Fall 2010 TV Scorecard: The Best & Worst New Shows Image
    Published: November 2, 2010
    Now that all of the season's major new series have debuted, we reveal the fall television season's winners and losers.