• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
15

Overwhelming dislike - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 26 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 17, 2013
    20
    The show isn’t exactly “reprehensible,” but it is definitely “tired,” “forced,” “predictable,” “lazy”--choose your own critical adjective that means “bad.”
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 17, 2013
    25
    Everyone associated with this show--with the exception of MacFarlane--deserves better.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Sep 11, 2013
    16
    Friends Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) and Eli (Seth Green) have clueless dads (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert) who might be racist, or maybe it's just the show. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.141]
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 26, 2013
    20
    The writing on Dads is so straight-up horrendous that one wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the middle of a “Family Guy” episode as an attempt by MacFarlane to satirize bad sitcom writing.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 17, 2013
    30
    Some jokes are just tired and bad.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 17, 2013
    0
    A crass generation-gap sitcom with the wit if not the intelligence of an elementary-school flatulence contest.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 17, 2013
    40
    While there’s the potential for a nice, relatable human situation here, almost all the dialogue feels like setups for punch lines. Too often this leaves the actors, even skilled veterans Riegert and Mull, stranded.
  8. 0
    Just don't watch it. For real.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 16, 2013
    58
    Yes, offensive, but the second episode loses that element, which suggests Fox got the message. Not surprisingly, it's the better of the two.
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 13, 2013
    25
    The pilot has come under fire for racist jokes, but at Cheap Laffs there's not enough of a creative sensibility for that to matter. [23 Sep 2013]
  11. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 17, 2013
    30
    Dads just isn't very funny. A cast this good--Martin Mull and Peter Riegert are loser fathers to business partners played by Giovanni Ribisi and Philly's Seth Green--deserves more than the raucous studio laughter that warmed-over bigotry generates. And, honestly, there are glimpses at times of a better show.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 17, 2013
    0
    Dads insults all viewers with its lowest common denominator humor. The sitcom, created by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, offers a greatest hits list of time-worn, tired gags.
  13. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 15, 2013
    25
    Even with such dreadful scripts and the phony noise of canned laughter, the four reasons to kind of watch maybe a little of Dads are the core actors. You don't have to watch more than a couple of minutes to know they deserve much, much better, and so do we.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Sep 16, 2013
    12
    It's the sitcom equivalent of "Pull my finger": crude, outdated, and immodestly proposed.
  15. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 16, 2013
    0
    Dads is the worst new comedy in quite some time.
  16. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Sep 17, 2013
    0
    Dads is so unfunny that we have plenty of time to contemplate how distasteful the show really is.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Sep 15, 2013
    0
    At all times, Dads feels assembled by people who have sniveling contempt for their audience, figuring that this is just the stupid bullshit people who watch network TV might want. They may be proved right by that, but the American public rarely embraces shows as transparently awful as Dads.
  18. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 17, 2013
    0
    Talking any more about Dads is more wearying than actually watching it. Which was torture.
  19. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 19, 2013
    0
    Creatively speaking, Dads comes off as if it were a much-resented homework assignment for all involved.
  20. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 16, 2013
    30
    There are some funny lines, but not nearly enough. Material that is meant to be anarchic mostly comes across as obvious and boorish.
  21. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 17, 2013
    0
    Dads is the new season at its worst: dated, cheaply provocative, and laboriously unfunny.
  22. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 17, 2013
    0
    Dads would love to be as offensive as its promos promise (tweaking critics who took an early stand against it), but what's most off-putting about the show is how lazy and stale it all is.
  23. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 12, 2013
    16
    Dads is just a senseless pounding of sensibilities, a beat-down without any saving graces.
  24. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Sep 26, 2013
    20
    With such a superior comedy cast, it's deplorable how far this badly written and directed show has dragged them down.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 16, 2013
    25
    If the two whiny sons and their equally unlikable fathers aren't enough to push you away, the boorish childishness of the show's obvious efforts to offend should do the trick.
  26. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 10, 2013
    20
    The truth is, Dads merits condemnation less for such outrages [low-brow and racially questionable gags] than because the tone is so broad and slapdash.
  27. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2013
    0
    What’s galling is the utter absence of originality, spirit or even new jokes. ... The poor actors look like they’re serving mandatory sentences for the creators’ crimes of laziness.
  28. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Sep 17, 2013
    10
    It's the kind of sitcom writing that gives sitcoms a bad name.
User Score
3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 10 out of 30
  1. Sep 20, 2013
    1
    The actors are good, the writing is terrible. The jokes are lame, the laugh track is lame, the premise is lame. The characters are void of anyThe actors are good, the writing is terrible. The jokes are lame, the laugh track is lame, the premise is lame. The characters are void of any personality. This show should be studied and examined thoroughly for any aspiring writer as an example of what not to do. Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    6
    I think the potential is there for a solid sitcom but the trailers really ruined the pilot episode for me. They spoiled quite a few funnyI think the potential is there for a solid sitcom but the trailers really ruined the pilot episode for me. They spoiled quite a few funny moments and made the pilot a bit predictable. Still, I'd give be willing to give it a few more episodes because it doesn't seem that bad of a show. Full Review »
  3. Sep 21, 2013
    9
    I thought it was funny. There was very good chemistry between the actors. There may not be a lot of places the show can go but it was muchI thought it was funny. There was very good chemistry between the actors. There may not be a lot of places the show can go but it was much funnier than the media is saying. Full Review »