• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 6, 2011
    100
    It offers a great cast, and some very tight, tart scripting. Each of the season's seven half-hours is a little sliver of pleasure.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 6, 2011
    67
    Episodes has funny moments, [but] like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the satire is an acquired taste and seems to be too inside showbiz to find a mass audience.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 3, 2011
    83
    If you find the premiere poky, stick with it: Episodes gets funnier with each succeeding episode, and the acting is superb. Yes: Matt LeBlanc = superb.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 7, 2011
    40
    Episodes isn't even as funny as Crane and Klarik's last collaboration, the exceedingly mediocre short-lived CBS comedy "The Class" - and that's even considering that the new show features Crane's old "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc delivering a terrific performance as an exaggerated version of himself.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 6, 2011
    70
    Even when it's irritating, Episodes is funny. And if, at times, it intentionally or unintentionally pokes fun at itself as much as anything else well, that works too.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 9, 2011
    40
    Episodes has funny moments. It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.
  7. 90
    Episodes is great--the sharpest sitcom debut this year. Among other excellent qualities, it's actively funny, with none of the dramedy lumpiness that spoils other half-hour offerings (bad camp, faux-energy badinage, heavy-handed sentimentality).
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 6, 2011
    100
    Episodes is flawless and hilarious. What a pity it lasts only seven episodes.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 11, 2011
    63
    It's a light, clever performance. But Episodes never convinces us this is really Hollywood. [17 Jan 2011, p.40]
  10. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 6, 2011
    70
    Episodes mines Hollywood absurdities for dependable laughs, it's LeBlanc, playing himself, or more accurately, a character who shares his name and resume, who elevates the seven-episode first season above simple parody as the actor forced down the writers' throats. He might even be the most interesting character in the show.
  11. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jan 9, 2011
    80
    By the second or third episode, it evolves into another Hollywood rarity: a TV show that is truly about relationships, complex and captivating for the long haul.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 9, 2011
    70
    This seven-episode series, written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, doesn't offer many new ideas about the evils of the TV business--a lot of the ground covered here was previously mined by the underrated 1999-2001 Showtime series "Beggars & Choosers"--but it's still fun to join in the mocking of Hollywood, a big, juicy target that Episodes hits with ease.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Landweber
    Jan 9, 2011
    50
    A joint effort between Showtime and the BBC, it features British humor and American humor. These don't always play nice together, and Episodes appears unsure of how to make them merge or which to privilege.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Feb 3, 2011
    100
    LeBlanc is brilliant; the writing and direction are brilliant; the show is brilliant.
  15. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 6, 2011
    50
    The performances are actually good in the series, if only the actors had credible or remotely likable or, dare we ask, funny characters to play.
  16. If you've ever wondered how television screws up so many promising projects, check out Episodes, a new Showtime series with Matt LeBlanc that provides the answers in deliciously hilarious detail.
  17. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jan 12, 2015
    80
    In Hollywood, it may be business as usual. But in Episodes, it’s fodder for great comedy.
  18. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 6, 2011
    90
    Episodes, which got uproarious laughter in cut-down form at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in July, does not disappoint an ounce as it rolls through a seven-episode season. It also signals a savvy return to television for LeBlanc, who manages to be the butt of the joke one moment then hilariously likable the next.
  19. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 6, 2011
    60
    There are some promising moments Episodes, and as the characters move beyond stereotypes, some of the story lines begin to pay off in amusing and even touching ways.
  20. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jan 6, 2011
    70
    A satirical and quite funny comedy about two British television writers, a husband- and wife team, Sean and Beverly Lincoln (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig) who are lured to Hollywood to adapt their hit sitcom for an American network.
  21. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 7, 2011
    70
    while the TV satire is far too broad, the dialogue is wittily written, and Matt LeBlanc--playing himself, inappropriately cast by the network to replace the elderly thespian who originated his role--turns out to be a pleasure to watch.
  22. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 7, 2011
    80
    The writing in Episodes, by sitcom vets David Crane (Friends, The Class) and Jeffrey Klarik (The Class), is sharp and merciless, and, except for a trite jealousy subplot, on point.
  23. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 9, 2011
    91
    [A] very amusing and splendidly acted comedy about what happens when an American television network mucks up a long-running, award-laden British hit.
  24. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 7, 2011
    100
    A riotously, often scathingly funny showbiz satire that proves LeBlanc is smart enough to know self-mockery can be a potent weapon, and talented enough to wield it properly.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 6, 2011
    50
    Halfway through episode two, anybody with a feel for such material will see where every beat is heading, even if the trip there isn't always unpleasant.
  26. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Jan 9, 2011
    70
    Three good lead performances (including one from "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc) and enough sharp writing about both show business and relationships give the show a comedic bite that makes up for the stuff you've seen before.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Feb 21, 2011
    10
    Classic fish-out-of-water setup -- smartass Brits stuck in a Hollywood where they find the values of the natives fascinating and appalling.Classic fish-out-of-water setup -- smartass Brits stuck in a Hollywood where they find the values of the natives fascinating and appalling. What they don't quite realize is how much they're being corrupted as they make cracks about the corruption. What keeps it from being off-putting is the touching portrait of a marriage of genuine friends. (Ironic since it is an alum of FRIENDS who most threatens it.) One of the best comedy shows to be produced for Showtime. Full Review »
  2. Feb 24, 2011
    9
    This is a clever little show that brings on refreshingly honest approach to the state of network television from the last 10 years. What IThis is a clever little show that brings on refreshingly honest approach to the state of network television from the last 10 years. What I like about this show the most is how they mix ed dry British humor with the more eccentric comedy Americans are used to. Full Review »
  3. May 4, 2011
    7
    The show is just extremely charming, ith two British characters that an audience can get behind and lets just face it, its great to see MattThe show is just extremely charming, ith two British characters that an audience can get behind and lets just face it, its great to see Matt Le Blanc back and playing a more blue joey in many ways. Full Review »