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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Coworkers Alex (Hank Azaria) and Helen (Kathryn Hahn) both struggle with overcoming their previous relationships. After sleeping together, they decide to be just friends. Anthony Head reprises his role as Hank's boss, Stephen, in this series based on a British series with the same name.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 13, 2011
    83
    Despite its lead characters' fragile makeups, Free Agents is a niftily scripted, bracingly grownup comedy when in the hands of its two leads.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Sep 16, 2011
    80
    It's no small miracle that Mr. Azaria makes this soppy character work. He does. The same can be said for just about everything else in this appealingly hard-headed, smartly written comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Welch
    Sep 14, 2011
    70
    These initial 23 minutes offer a promising mix of rapid banter, smart cultural references, and delightful absurdity.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 13, 2011
    50
    The British show accepts that this is the story of two very damaged individuals and is willing to confront that damage early and often - sometimes seriously and sometimes in black comic fashion. Whether by choice or NBC fiat, Enbom has placed these same characters into a much lighter style, and the fit doesn't work.
  5. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 14, 2011
    40
    What we lose in the US Free Agents pilot is the sense of emotional commitment to the situations of the characters.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 14, 2011
    37
    There's not a character you're likely to believe, which is a problem, or one you want to see again, which for a series is a bigger problem.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 12, 2011
    25
    What's missing here, besides laughs? Chemistry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    10
    hank azarias the man and ive always liked kathryn hahn("that chick" is what i called her though) and they have great chemistry(how lame, ihank azarias the man and ive always liked kathryn hahn("that chick" is what i called her though) and they have great chemistry(how lame, i see everyone said that)...... natasha leggero is good and looks hot on it, rest of the cast is a little annoying so far but have their moments. Expand
  2. Sep 24, 2011
    9
    Call me crazy but I love this show. Hank Azaria comes off as clever and witty without being pompous. Kathryn Hahn holds her own as well.Call me crazy but I love this show. Hank Azaria comes off as clever and witty without being pompous. Kathryn Hahn holds her own as well. There is definitely chemistry between the two and the boss/perv Anthony Head is hilarious. In fact the entire cast works well together. This is easily my favorite new comedy so far. Expand
  3. Sep 22, 2011
    8
    Free Agents definitely had a strong pilot, but lost some rhythm towards the second episode... but I still believe this show has a fightingFree Agents definitely had a strong pilot, but lost some rhythm towards the second episode... but I still believe this show has a fighting chance to become great. Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn have great chemistry in this show, and I believe they are unappreciated for the talent they have.

    - the secretary/receptionist girl is too overly dry
    + Giles is in it
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  4. Sep 18, 2011
    6
    Pros: The two leads are good and have real chemistry. They can also act. Cons: The supporting actors are weaker and a little over-the-topPros: The two leads are good and have real chemistry. They can also act. Cons: The supporting actors are weaker and a little over-the-top with their lines. They are less believable. To some degree it is the acting and to some it is just their lines which sound just a tad too much like forced sit com one liners to get a laugh which makes them less funny. This show can make it but the writing needs some work. As it is, it is the kind of show I would watch if I wanted something to do but would not be terribly disappointed if I missed a show or three either. Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2011
    4
    Compared to the show it's paired with, "Up All Night", this is pure genius, but the latter show I found terrible. Hank Azaria is a good actorCompared to the show it's paired with, "Up All Night", this is pure genius, but the latter show I found terrible. Hank Azaria is a good actor although I don't know that this sitcom will be his thing. The woman lead, Katherine Hahn was just OK. The meeting scenes in the office would have generated several sexual harassment lawsuits, but then this is TV. One particularly odd one is where the male boss is deep massaging the Azaria character while he's sitting in his chair. Weird and unclear why to me, but maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention. Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2011
    2
    Will go down in history as NBC's worst idea ever. The writing and acting are worse than sub-par and both Kathryn Hahn and Hank Azaria giveWill go down in history as NBC's worst idea ever. The writing and acting are worse than sub-par and both Kathryn Hahn and Hank Azaria give performances that are disproportionate with their actual abilities. Expand
  7. Sep 30, 2011
    0
    This will be cancelled in a few weeks. Such a terrible idea and the acting is just horrible. Parks and Recreation (the best show on TV) makesThis will be cancelled in a few weeks. Such a terrible idea and the acting is just horrible. Parks and Recreation (the best show on TV) makes this look like **** (which it is). Expand

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