Everybody Hates Chris : Season 1

  • Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 15

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32

Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    [A] rare work of brilliance.
  2. It's one of the best new shows from any network this year, and is a total, almost giddy delight from start to finish.
  3. With elements of "Wonder Years," "Cosby" and the "The Jeffersons," but also a spirit all its own, "Chris" is a sitcom that finally makes the family funny again.
  4. 100
    It is, in short, a show about real life, as seen through the eyes of one of the funniest men in America.
  5. 100
    Blends Rock's signature, whip-smart irreverence with richly humorous, character-driven stories of his own adolescence to create the rare family comedy that is both hilariously honest and filled with heart.
  6. There's a lot to love about Everybody Hates Chris.
  7. 100
    A hugely likable sitcom is born.
  8. 100
    Sweet but never treacly, nostalgic but never dishonest, startlingly frank about race and always painfully funny, Everybody Hates Chris is the sitcom for which the networks have been yearning for the better part of a decade.
  9. 90
    The networks have been wondering how to compete with the no-holds barred nature of cable programming. This is it.
  10. The best of the new fall sitcoms.
  11. Comparisons to The Wonder Years are inevitable, but Everybody Hates Chris scrapes away much of that golden nostalgia by putting a funny spin on frequently painful times.
  12. 90
    Every bit as good as the advance praise has made it out to be.
  13. Real and relatable, "Chris" may be the best new comedy of a season filled with sitcoms worth viewing.
  14. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Unexpectedly sweet-spirited.
  15. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    It could be a "Wonder Years" for a new generation.
  16. What makes it uniquely entertaining are Mr. Rock's and co-creator Ali LeRoi's humorous insights into the terrors of adolescence and their tart observations about harsh realities of the wider world.
  17. 90
    "Everybody Hates Chris" is something more than the wise, tender, funny portrayal of the evolution of a gifted mind. It's actually something very rare on television, even rarer in the movies, and almost non-existent in contemporary fiction. It's the wise, tender, funny portrait of a poor kid.
  18. Much of the charm in this show, as well as the humor, comes from Rock's ability to vanquish political correctness in favor of a candid but affectionate look at the past.
  19. 90
    Rock deals with a harsher teen reality than Cosby did in his Fat Albert days, but he is hitting the same universal notes of conflict, love, weirdness and strength found in close-knit families.
  20. It easily lives up to its advance billing as the best new show of the fall season.
  21. “Everybody Hates Chris” is one of those rare nostalgia shows that doesn’t patronize childhood.
  22. 90
    The kid is funny, the mom is funny, the dad is funny, the stories are funny, and Rock's voice-over is fantastic.
  23. [It has] a rich mix of sharp observant humor and a sure feel for the family dynamic.
  24. 80
    So far, Everybody Hates Chris has felt like a textbook example of how you fold a comedian’s sensibility into a familiar TV genre.
  25. 80
    "Everybody Hates Chris" is family-friendly, but it doesn't detract considerably from Rock's usual profanity-drenched style of (brutally) honest comedy. Rather, the scope of the show's humor is broadened, and allows the coming-of-age tale to speak to the general experiences of growing up.
  26. The show thus far feels more observational than story-driven; it relies on our desire to listen to Rock talk. And we do want to listen, because Rock is hilarious.
  27. "Everybody Hates Chris" is the first show in a long time centered on a teenager whose main problem is not adolescent angst, but real life. And Mr. Rock makes it funny, not maudlin or mean.
  28. Let's get this straight. Everybody Hates Chris is not the Second Coming. But it is one of the season's best new series.
  29. 80
    Rock is able to find humor in every aspect of his childhood.
  30. 80
    If Rock and co-creator Ali LeRoi can continue to bring depth to the characters without succumbing to cliche or sentiment, they will be on a promising path.
  31. Should appeal to fans of Rock and to viewers who long for a family comedy reminiscent of "The Cosby Show" (albeit with a sharper edge).
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 200 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 108
  2. Negative: 16 out of 108
  1. SaaraS
    Feb 22, 2007
    This show is the best show in the whole world I love it to bits!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. NancyMc
    Nov 9, 2005
    A welcome breath of fresh air for network t.v, and Everybody Hates Chris makes me feel alright about my monthly cable bill!
  3. danielw
    Oct 8, 2005
    Fresh and funny, this show is unlike anything else, everything is original - like Seinfeld was