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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 11, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

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  • Summary: After an embezzlement scam ends her job and a company apartment, June finds a new job at a coffee shop and finds a room with the unpredictable Chloe who is best friends with actor James Van Der Beek (playing a fictional version of himself).
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 9, 2012
    83
    Raunchy and at times genuinely funny, Apartment 23 is jam-packed with promise--and inconsistencies.
  2. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Apr 11, 2012
    80
    Unlike some of the more uneven odd-couple series that have premiered in recent years, Apartment 23 could turn into a trustworthy address for laughs.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 11, 2012
    80
    The show from creator Nahnatchka Khan is fresh and funny, with fast-paced jokes and witty cynicism in abundance.
  4. Reviewed by: Phillip Maciak
    Apr 10, 2012
    75
    The series isn't jaw-droppingly hilarious, but the writing is self-assured and full of punchy, Tweetable one-liners; its thin skein of a concept is enough to lend the proceedings some narrative structure, but not enough to make it feel programmatic, and its central performances are confident right out of the gate.
  5. 70
    The pilot is funny but exhausting, but I doubt the show's ability to sustain this tone and these characters over the long term.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 10, 2012
    67
    Some of it works, while other pieces either need to be dropped or improved going forward. Fortunately, there's a solid foundation in Walker and Ritter as the uneasy roommates.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 10, 2012
    30
    This trope--an actor playing a surlier, fictional version of himself--has been done to death already, and Don't Trust the B---- leans too heavily on the actor's state of celebrity limbo, filling in late-'90s jokes and references where the real laughs ought to be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. aev
    Jan 30, 2013
    10
    This show is hilarious! At first I wasn't too sure about it. The first episode is not that great, but as the season progressed it just became really good. I would definitely recommend it, but do not just judge it based on the pilot. Expand
  2. May 15, 2012
    10
    loving it! Loving it. Auntie Mame meets Maleficent the evil Queen. "My Favorite Year with Holly Go-Lightly" A few years ago there was play about a con woman called "as Bees in Honey Drown" that was a hit off Broadway. This has that same, twisted, twisty vibe. You can't wait for the next awful surprise that the **** will spring on poor poor June. Krysten Ritter is A Superstar, this role is a tour de force and her beautiful face just captures me. Expand
  3. May 9, 2012
    9
    Okay, after four episodes of pure hilarity, I can safely say that I really really like this show. I know the actor-playing-a-stylized-version-of-himself trope has been done and overdone countless times, but James Van Der Beek is just so charming and funny that he makes it feel fresh. The writing is sharp and fresh and has a uniquely definite voice of it's own. It's smart, funny, charming, and clever and is definitely worth a watch. Expand
  4. Mar 20, 2013
    8
    Works itself out of becoming a potentially bland sitcom with its quirky sense of humor and offbeat, enjoyable characters. It has a few problems: inconsistent jokes and some underwhelming secondary characters. Nonetheless, it has so much going for it that its flaws are mostly minor. I mean, it has Van Der Beek playing himself. 7.7/10 Endearing and very entertaining! Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2012
    8
    Judging solely on the premiere episode, the shows looks to cash in on the success of female led shows of late (2 broke girls, New Girl, Etc.) but does so in a way all it's own. The girl's in the show play roles that don't break any ground, but they they feel very comfortable in their characters, like coming into a show's second season premiere. Van Der Beek playing himself in the show ( obviously a charaterized version of himself ) is a nice twist in the show, and he has some of the best lines. Charming enough to keep a gal interested, raunchy and cast with some lovely ladies to keep this guy interested. Ladies, you get Dawson, pipe down. Expand
  6. Apr 13, 2012
    7
    I read the review in the Post prior to watching this and almost passed it by. I thought it was clever if not gut wrenchingly funny and unlike Mr. Stuever I think the show has great potential. Expand
  7. Apr 22, 2012
    4
    Oh joy, yet another show based in New York, let's hope this one ups the ante and doesn't drive our opinions of the city into the ground. It seems to be mandatory to include a sex scene in your pilot episode and this show wastes no time as it opens with a slightly humorous romp between two characters whom have yet to be named unless of course you've choked on any promo footage prior to viewing. The roommate walks in to find her fiance being screwed (on her birthday cake) that is as we smile before the show's title screen rolls.

    A few more social jokes are thrown in our direction as we realize this show isn't half as bad as the title may suggest which is verified by a rather hilarious scenario that features the main character's dream job prospect going up in near literal flames, we again laugh due to our superiority in combination with suitable casting choices and witty line as we are absorbed into the show with a smooth progression as the main character initiates a hunt for a suitable roommate when upon decision your expected token asian warns her of incoming threat.

    Unfortunately, the quirkiness runs dry as we're presented with censored nudity, perverts from across the way and James Van Der Beek if for some reason you happened to neglect which forgotten celebrity they used to boost this shows starting appeal though our hopes are raised ten minutes into the filler when we're exposed to witnessing a seemingly innocent youth get wasted at the expense of a minor laugh as we're sent to the beginning of the episode and a small reconcile and a premature end to a lacking episode.

    You're still not sure what you just watched but it was enough to confuse you into the second episode we're sure.
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