• 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.

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