• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 5, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    It's neither wildly innovative nor sidesplittingly funny, but it has a warm, cozy group vibe and no flagrant casting mishaps.
  2. A touch of "Friends" with "Odd Couple" undertones.
  3. "Four Kings" is better than a lot of similar sitcoms, but it's not different enough to stand out in what NBC hopes will be a renaissance of must-see television.
  4. A not unwelcome addition to the genre, but not that essential, either. [27 Jan 2006, p.74]
  5. 50
    "Four Kings" is a strange thing. The first episode of the new NBC comedy reeks. But there are moments in the next two episodes that make it seem as if it has the potential to be a male version of "Sex and the City," minus the naughty stuff HBO could show that NBC can't.
  6. 50
    Though miles behind the sophistication of the earlier NYC-set "Seinfeld" or "Friends," "Kings" sometimes boasts laugh lines funnier than those, say, on "How I Met Your Mother," the CBS venture essentially after the same audience.
  7. 50
    In short, it's a good thing they've been friends since childhood, because nothing in their personalities would lead you to believe they'd even be civil to each other if they met as adults. That's a problem for a sitcom about friendship.
  8. There's nothing revolutionary about this story of four friends.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Given how familiar the premise is, the show's modest appeal hinges entirely on the cast's marginal chemistry and the rapid-fire jokes, making for at best a hit-miss proposition.
  10. 40
    OK, ''Four Kings" isn't the worst of its type, in that some of the jokes hit their mark.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    30
    [A] generic dud.
  12. What can I tell you about "Four Kings" that you won't already know? It premieres tonight at 8:30 on NBC. By 8:46, or thereabouts, you will understand everything.
  13. NBC has reestablished another Thursday night tradition: sticking another unfunny, almost unwatchable sitcom at 8:30.
  14. 25
    "Kings" is a self-conscious attempt to reel in the 20- to 30-something male demographic that TV is so desperate to capture. But, unfortunately, it isn't edgy, especially funny or believable.
  15. The premise is only a small part of the problem in "Four Kings." The writing is labored, adolescent and unfunny.
  16. 20
    "Four Kings" isn't just tediously sitcommy, it's painfully sitcrummy.
  17. Reviewed by: Bill Gibron
    20
    While the show has little going for it, it does have Seth Green.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. melissam
    Jul 30, 2007
    10
    I just love it they make a very fun group of friends, they complement each other very well.
  2. RoseA
    Apr 26, 2007
    10
    Am African and its showing on our DSTV-I love this show. its hilarious and very very entertaining.
  3. MartynA
    Sep 15, 2006
    10
    The first episode has just aired on British TV and I happened to check it out due to the fact that I am a huge fan of 'Buffy the Vampire The first episode has just aired on British TV and I happened to check it out due to the fact that I am a huge fan of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and I thought that Seth Green was amazing as Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne and have been a fan of his work ever since. Watching it, I found my self in stitches and I thought it was pure comic genius. I'm so glad I watched it & I will be definately be tu ning in to the coming episodes. I even watched the first one twice today & was still laughing the second time. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! I can't wait for it to be released on DVD.... Enjoy! Full Review »