• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 12, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 9 out of 25
  1. 50
    Since the show stars all these great TV actors... the show sustains some laughs that it wouldn't otherwise be able to wring out of bad material.
  2. 50
    To the extent Crumbs works at all, it works because of Curtin.
  3. Every year, there's at least one sitcom that takes an extremely talented cast, and wastes all that talent in an extremely disappointing series.
  4. 40
    Though it's admirable that ABC took a chance on a family that does not revolve around a dumb, doughy dad and sassy kids, the tragedy at the core of the Crumb clan ensures that the comedy doesn't quite get off the ground.
  5. 30
    These actors deserve better material.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Kelly
    10
    A relentlessly unfunny mid-season replacement comedy from ABC that sucks all the fun out of dysfunction, the show could have been pitched to network execs as "Arrested Development meets Ordinary People." But it shows none of the former's wit or latter's intelligence.
  7. 75
    It's actually rather funny, broadly entertaining and blessed with a sweet screwball spirit. It's a promising farce with heart.
  8. 38
    It just doesn't work. [30 Jan 2006, p.38]
  9. 25
    You have no idea how much restraint I'm using not to call it "Crummy." Oops. Lost the restraint.
  10. We watched a second episode of "Crumbs" just to make sure there wasn't something hilarious for you under a rock, some morsel of humor left over. Um, no.
  11. 40
    To its credit, Crumbs tries to go deeper in depicting conflicted characters. That, unfortunately, doesn't make this series any funnier.
  12. Crumbs has promise. [13 Jan 2006, p.71]
  13. 80
    Crumbs' approach to the foibles of the family, though not for the tender-hearted, is raucously funny.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    An offbeat show that veers between wacky and truly poignant extremes.
  15. There is a dynamic of affection and caring that makes the series more than just a collection of witty lines effectively delivered.
  16. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    "Crumbs" is surprisingly good.
  17. Feels like an indie feature idea crammed into a sitcom.
  18. "Crumbs" is hideously overscored.... That's unfortunate, because the sappy swells detract from the series' wicked dialogue, and scenes oozing with the brand of dark, twisted humor only family can inflict upon one another.
  19. Next Thursday's outing is much better [than the pilot], suggesting the series could generate some laughs over the long haul.
  20. Still, if it's not funny, why give "Crumbs" any attention at all? Because it's an unusual experiment: not only is the show set among a fraction of the American gentry that few would consider relatable, but it also exhibits more gravitas than any sitcom in television history.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Credit the veteran cast with making the series barely tolerable, but for the most part "Crumbs" is pretty crummy, the sitcom deconstructed to its most primordial form.
  22. Reviewed by: Chip Crews
    30
    In the end, the one-note antics grow wearisome.
  23. 10
    It mistakes boorishness for zaniness.
  24. Not only do you get insufferable comedy, but phony drama, too.
  25. "Crumbs" elicits laughs from time to time, but given the subject matter, I still think this particular story would have been better told as a comedic drama than as the occasionally dramatic comedy that it is.

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