• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 23, 2006
  • Season #: 1

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 19
  2. Negative: 9 out of 19
  1. 70
    Elfman establishes herself as one of the major female comic presences on television.
  2. Simultaneously sexy and relatable, Elfman wins us over with a convincing performance that shows vulnerability just beneath a placid surface.
  3. The acting talent here is marginal compared to the sitcom it replaces, "Out of Practice" (returning later in the season), but I found "Courting Alex" more enjoyable.
  4. 50
    The cast is a fine one. The chemistry works between Elfman and Randall. The weakness of "Alex's" premiere -- and not future episodes, I hope -- is the overwrought script.
  5. "Courting Alex" is courting disaster by the way it plays against Elfman's, and Coleman's, strengths.
  6. Neither a disaster nor a triumph.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    An inoffensive but not particularly distinguished half-hour.
  8. [A] limp sitcom. [27 Jan 2006, p.77]
  9. Jenna Elfman really has to put a bag over it--her notorious “cute,” I mean.
  10. 40
    She's not bad, just flat; not annoying, just weak.
  11. 38
    Courting Alex is nothing if not dull.
  12. 38
    A tepid traditional sitcom.
  13. 30
    A charmless sitcom with absolutely nothing original in it.
  14. 25
    I doubt I will ever watch a single episode of "Courting Alex" beyond this first one.
  15. "Courting Alex" is sadly predictable and unfunny at pretty much every turn.
  16. 20
    Unimpressive and bland.
  17. [A] tepid, paint-by-numbers series.
  18. Elfman and Coleman do their best to inject some fun into the same old stuff.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Worth watching? First you’d have to stay awake.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 10 out of 18
  1. PuppiM.
    Oct 5, 2009
    Jenna good, Englishman good, Scott terrible, rest ok. story catastrophic, jokes old.
  2. KeaneG
    Aug 4, 2006
    Very disappointing, the show seems to be struggling to come up with its own original new jokes. For example the fever Alex's father had was similar to the one off of Friends when Monica was ill. They both try to pretend that they are not ill but unfortunately it was only funny the first time. This time is just a drag! Sorry but this show seems as though it is going to flop like the Joey spin off. Full Review »
  3. OrionFan
    Apr 13, 2006
    A 2 only because can watch Jenna. Othewise dull, and awful. I enjoyed Dharma much more. Finally turned the second episode off halfway thru. Very disappointing. Full Review »