• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic 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: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 12, 2011
    83
    The tone tips awkwardly between crude and romantic, and a little of Azaria goes a long way. But I'm game for episode 2.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 14, 2011
    70
    Free Agents has its moments and fine performances--and also make one wonder about the long run.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 13, 2011
    70
    I found Free Agents more than tolerable, and there's potential in the office ensemble that surrounds these two characters (though I wouldn't mind if the super-sass of Natasha Leggero's assistant character was toned down a bit).
  7. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 13, 2011
    70
    Free Agents is not "The Office," but the lead characters are appealing, and the show is funny in its own, quite grown-up way.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 14, 2011
    60
    Free Agents has a strong premise, solid characters, good chemistry and some great one-liners. Like Alex and Helen, it needs to trust its heart.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 28, 2011
    58
    The second episode was an improvement creatively: Azaria's Alex and Hahn's Helen displayed some mature-adult chemistry. It may not be enough to save the series, though.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 14, 2011
    58
    This remake of a tart British sitcom of the same name starts with the moment that has killed many a show: its two main characters in bed, post-booty call. It's anything but romantic.
  11. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Sep 14, 2011
    50
    It's a show I would really like to like, and there are elements present in the pilot that make me want to see how it's doing by, say, episode four or five, but it's not there yet.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 14, 2011
    40
    At least Azaria and Hahn do have an uncertain chemistry that might have developed into something watchable had the producers not decided to provide it with a Greek chorus of locker-room cracks by loutish co-workers.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 13, 2011
    40
    It moves fast and doesn't wait for viewers to catch all the jokes that are made. Some of the dialogue is clever but it's more savvy than it is hilarious and viewers come to broadcast network comedies for the funny stuff. Making matters worse, the two leads are humorless sad sacks.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 14, 2011
    30
    An unpleasant show about miserable people working in an environment (corporate public relations) that's about as welcoming as Chernobyl.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 12, 2011
    30
    As constructed by writer John Enbom ("Party Down") and director Todd Holland, Free Agents leaves its leads adrift with scarcely a genuine moment to be found, and other than Head, not a single supporting character worth mentioning.
  19. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 14, 2011
    25
    It's virtually impossible to care about the characters, and not only is the show without a single laugh line, its attempts at humor come off as brittle and nasty.
  20. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2011
    25
    This painfully flat American version of a British comedy stars Hank Azaria as Alex, a newly-divorced and depressed PR agent who unwisely beds another agent at the firm (Kathryn Hahn as Helen).
  21. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 13, 2011
    25
    Comedy is supposed to be funny, and Free Agents is not.
  22. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 13, 2011
    25
    The office gang from Free Agents is anything but funny.
  23. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 12, 2011
    25
    What's missing here, besides laughs? Chemistry.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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). Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »