• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2006
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. 88
    Finally, a "Sex and the City" clone comes through.
  2. 75
    Like "Sex and the City" with its clothes on.
  3. You hope the show doesn't get stuck in sexual shenanigans week after week. Even 30-year-olds think about other things sometimes. But for now, it seems fair to follow Emily's lead and see what develops.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    It’s painfully derivative, but we’ve seen worse.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Breezy and fun, there are several reasons to sample "Emily," but also plenty of room for skepticism over whether this witty half-hour has the depth to survive a highly competitive timeslot.
  6. 60
    Despite the limitations, and there are a bundle, "Emily's Reasons Why Not" logs a happy high on the delightful meter -- fresh and frisky much of the time.
  7. Despite her position as editor, Emily lives in a world with high school values, where the ultimate achievements are being popular, fitting in, looking good and finding a hot date.
  8. Lightweight and unaffecting.
  9. No matter how obvious the wardrobe might be, the scripts are even more so.
  10. Actually, "Emily's Reasons Why Not" does have its funny moments. The problem is twofold. The show tweaks and contorts itself so hard to get those laughs that the whole thing feels forced and unmanageable for two consecutive episodes, much less a season. And secondly, the premise is unlikely to hold up for any length of time.
  11. 50
    Even at her worst, when she's contorting her face to match the coy, thought-revealing voice-over, you tend to root for [Graham]. Unfortunately for ABC, by the end of Emily's Reasons Why Not, you're rooting for her to find a better vehicle.
  12. 50
    Breezily prefabricated sitcom humor that lacks the fresh zing of anything remotely original.
  13. Reviewed by: Jennifer Armstrong
    Emily comes off as a regressed teenager. [13 Jan 2006, p.70]
  14. 50
    It also helps that Heather Graham as Emily is so appealing that it often distracts from the fanciful idiocy of what she's saying or doing.
  15. 50
    It's not half bad, but then it's not even a quarter original.
  16. 40
    This ABC sitcom strives for edgy sophistication, but the characters come off as superficial and mean.
  17. 40
    It's just too bad the shopworn material on "Emily" is just a tad too weak to support Graham's talents, even though she tries (a bit too hard, truth be told) to give viewers a reason to watch.
  18. The notion of Graham as a TV star is an enticing one, but she's starring in a show that's not big enough for her.
  19. 30
    Based on the pilot of Emily’s Reasons Why Not, there’s no worry that this half hour from ABC... will be honest, or real, or even funny.
  20. A tepid knockoff of "Sex and the City."
  21. Judging from the first episode, "Emily" needs not only a new boyfriend, but also some more grownup material.
  22. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    The show seems to have no point, rendering it agony how hard the proceedings work at making one.
  23. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    There's so much not to like about Emily's Reasons Why Not.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 14 out of 23
  1. MatíasH
    Mar 20, 2007
    Is a great seire, and ther isn't a clon of Sex and the city, theirs stories aren't the same. The stories can be similars, but the two soaps are very good... Full Review »
  2. dougt
    Jul 22, 2006
    I thought it was really funny. I think they should have given it a few episodes before cancelling it.
  3. KyleighH
    Feb 11, 2006
    I've read about this show in TV Guide and was quite surprised that it was canceled after only one episode. Heather Graham did her best, but her tv show didn't do its best either, which is probably why the show was canceled. Full Review »