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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 1, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Erin Cahill, Dave Sheridan, Josh Dean
  • 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: Diane Werts
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Good-hearted, eccentric and wry, Ride goes nowhere fast, but it has a fine time getting there.
  3. 50
    It's made of familiar slacker material that's slightly freshened with an improvisatory feel as the actors um-and-ah their way to their punch lines. And it's blissfully missing the canned laughs that make the likes of ''That '70s Show" so obnoxious. Still, ''Free Ride" is far from essential TV viewing.
  4. 50
    Portions of "Free Ride" show promise, due mainly to the show's star -- Dean -- whose character remains grounded and sane, against all odds.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    A fresh approach can take you only so far when the material is this tired.
  6. 30
    Harmless and intermittently amusing, winning points by letting its actors indulge in improvisation, "Free Ride" is nevertheless about as unpromising as its lead character's aimless career goals.
  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