• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 1997
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 11, 2013
    90
    Dharma & Greg goes beyond merely funny all the way to enchanting. There's nothing momentous or groundbreaking about the new ABC sitcom, but it's good-hearted, lightheaded and delightful, a kind of miracle cure for the blues -- especially the blues you might get from most of the other new sitcoms this season. [24 Sept 1997, p.D01]
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Aug 11, 2013
    90
    The funniest and most romantic new show this fall. [24 Sept 1997, p.31]
  3. Reviewed by: Lee Winfrey
    Aug 11, 2013
    90
    Elfman is captivating, impossible to dislike, fresh and sunny without being saccharine. Gibson, who looks a lot like Clark Kent, is a perfect pairing for her. And all four parents are masterstrokes of casting. Dharma & Greg bears every earmark of a hit. [24 Sept 1997, p.D01]
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Aug 11, 2013
    90
    A wild joyride of cultural and generational dissonance, Dharma & Greg captures lightning in a bottle and looks like a hit. [24 Sept 1997, p.6F]
  5. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Aug 8, 2013
    90
    One thing the witty pilot by Dottie Dartland and Chuck Lorre doesn't do is get the respective in-laws into the same scene but that's bound to happen soon. And when it happens, it's bound to be a real howl. [24 Sept 1997, p.70]
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Aug 8, 2013
    90
    If all this sounds like the cutest thing you've ever heard, it just may be. And yet, somehow, Dharma and Greg pulls it off, thanks largely to the considerable charm of Elfman, a cross between Lisa Kudrow and Drew Barrymore. [24 Sept 1997, p.1E]
  7. 88
    No, Dharma & Greg does not live up to the screwball comedies of the 1930s. But this new sitcom about a bright, young, slightly mismatched couple has enough of the same charm and daffiness to make it fairly appealing in its own right. [24 Sept 1997, p.E-7]
  8. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Aug 8, 2013
    88
    With its cross-culture conflicts, bright writing, amusing co-stars and sizzling chemistry between the two leads, Dharma & Greg could be television's best romantic comedy since "Mad About You." [24 Sept 1997, p.53]
  9. Reviewed by: Elaine Liner
    Aug 8, 2013
    88
    Sparkling writing and smart performances - Elfman is a breakout star - make Dharma & Greg one of this season's brightest new half-hours. [24 Sept 1997, p.50]
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    83
    The premiere episode of Dharma & Greg delivers rather more than you might expect; it has the zing of a '30s screwball comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Ray Richmond
    Aug 11, 2013
    80
    For all its implausibility, by the end of the "Dharma and Greg" pilot, you're smiling anyhow. [22 Sept 1997]
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 11, 2013
    80
    A wafer-thin but bonbon-yummy romantic sitcom that sweeps you off your feet and deposits you in a gale of giddy laughter. [24 Sept 1997, p.3D]
  13. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 11, 2013
    80
    Together, they're TV's Cute and Quirky Couple of the Year. Speaking of cute and quirky - Dharma & Greg sometimes tries a little too hard to be both. But mainly, it's delightful. [24 Sept 1997, p.8E]
  14. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Aug 11, 2013
    80
    Elfman has the power to bewitch America without wiggling her nose. [24 Sept 1997, p.E1]
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Aug 11, 2013
    80
    Elfman, the best thing about the short-lived ''Townies,'' is a lovely live-wire who makes eccentricity appear irresistible; Gibson, who was ill-used on ''Chicago Hope,'' is a magnetic leading man who can simultaneously seem vulnerable and stable. As a pair, they fulfill the first essential requirement of a screen romance: they make you want to see them end up together. [24 Sept 1997, p.D-7]
  16. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Aug 10, 2013
    80
    Without Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg wouldn't work at all. But with the goofy charm of Elfman to build around, Dharma & Greg is one of the better new comedies on network television this fall. [24 Sept 1997, p.C01]
  17. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Aug 8, 2013
    80
    But the real question is: Will Dharma & Greg be able to expand its central, single joke into an entire series? An entertaining premiere, yes, but there may be a finite number of laughs to be had over those wacky hippies and the cold-hearted WASPs. [24 Sept 1997, p.C6]
  18. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Aug 11, 2013
    75
    Elfman's wacky persona injects new life into the tired sitcom premise of opposites attract. [24 Sept 1997, p.4D]
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Aug 10, 2013
    75
    Make no mistake, Dharma & Greg has been built for Elfman's coming out party as a high-voltage comic lollapalooza. And she doesn't disappoint. She's one very likable and amusing looney tune. [24 Sept 1997, p.6C]
  20. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 26, 2013
    75
    No doubt about it: Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson are cute together. ... We will grow tired, though, if the writers don't eventually get beyond the stereotypes or if Dharma and Greg resolve every dispute by having fabulous-—and cute-—sex.
  21. 70
    The problem, at least in tonight's episode, isn't with Dharma. She's delightful. It's Greg. He's not delightful. OK, he's not supposed to be. He's a stick in the mud. Yet there are plenty of people who can make the straight man seem funny. Thomas Gibson ("Chicago Hope") is simply not delightful being not delightful. [24 Sept 1997, p.F4]
  22. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Aug 11, 2013
    30
    Dharma and Greg are so cloying they make the happy, well-adjusted Buchmans on "Mad About You" seem like Bonnie and Clyde.

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