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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 1, 2006
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45

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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

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  • Summary: This partially-improvised sitcom follows a recent UC Santa Barbara graduate as he moves back home to live with his parents in a small Missouri town.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    Good-hearted, eccentric and wry, Ride goes nowhere fast, but it has a fine time getting there.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    70
    The best thing about "Free Ride" is the lack of pressure to be about something. Trusting its talented cast to embody their own truths, it ambles and weaves, leaving space for the characters, even folks briefly bumped into, to nail a specific attitude or situation.
  3. 50
    What you get from this sometimes outlandish family comedy is a sweet Ride, but one that is neither funny nor believable enough to command your loyalty.
  4. More of an amusing diversion than a laugh riot.
  5. 40
    It's not that bad, which leads me to believe that it could actually be good, if it weren't so neutered and lovable.
  6. "Free Ride" is crude, mean-spirited, and not nearly as fresh and innovative as the producers think it is.
  7. Everything's so shrill and flat, it's hard to tell when the writing stops and the improvisation begins.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 47
  2. Negative: 20 out of 47
  1. Shane
    Apr 23, 2006
    10
    Funny as hell.
  2. DonD
    Jun 8, 2006
    10
    This sow was fantastic. I can't believe it is gone. No justice.
  3. JulesB.
    Sep 16, 2007
    10
    This was a funny show. I wish you would bring it back. Parents who have kids going off to college or graduating from college and coming home This was a funny show. I wish you would bring it back. Parents who have kids going off to college or graduating from college and coming home again LOVED this SHOW!! I hope it goes to DVD. Nate, his parents and Nate's best friend were hilarious!!!! Expand
  4. guyg
    Apr 22, 2006
    8
    Very well done, charming cast, definitley has its moments. Although one or two episodes lack compared to others, well worth the 22 minutes.
  5. gregf
    Mar 12, 2006
    3
    my friend said to watch it- well begged me and said to write in and say it's amazing- but i can't. they are friends with the lead my friend said to watch it- well begged me and said to write in and say it's amazing- but i can't. they are friends with the lead actor. that is how bad the show is this guy is asking freinds to watch it and making them write to anyone so it can get picked up- wow he knows it sucks to. Expand
  6. HensonA
    Feb 27, 2006
    0
    Replace Arrested Development with this? (Hint: Stupid)
  7. sucksddean
    Feb 6, 2007
    0
    awful. the lead actor kid, josh?? whatever his name is - i cannot stand him.

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