• Network: TBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 16, 2010
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 15, 2010
    70
    Granted, the writers recycle so many gags--from the stirring pledge speech to a loopy pot-hazed discussion about time being "a fluid concept"--that there's a temptation to wince at Glory Daze's brazenness. Still, it's all done in such an unabashed way it's sort of hard to stay mad at them.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Nov 12, 2010
    70
    Glory Daze is both unexpectedly funny, at times heartwarming and the sheen of nostalgia covers up a lot of stuff you might otherwise get picky about.
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Nov 16, 2010
    63
    Clearly they've studied both movies and can mimic the moves, but they just don't hear the music.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 16, 2010
    60
    Yet if the pilot is generic and wan, it is at least sweet-tempered and not completely offensive (though this is somewhat at odds with its cinematic heritage).
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Nov 16, 2010
    60
    If Harris, who's clearly meant to steal every scene he's in, seems a little too cool to be hanging out with the brothers from Omega Sigma, whose deficiencies haven't yet been fully cataloged, it's still not nearly as cool as he's going to need to be if he's to lead this slightly tired toga party right into "Conan's" waiting arms.
  6. Reviewed by: John Young
    Nov 15, 2010
    58
    The resulting frat humor fluctuates between ill-conceived gags (someone gets tasered in the scrotum) and some juicy zingers, while the ragtag supporting cast (including Tim Meadows as a paranoid history professor) has potential. Ultimately, though, it's impossible to shake the feeling that we've seen, if not exactly lived, this all before.
  7. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Nov 16, 2010
    50
    I would say Glory Daze is an homage to "National Lampoon's Animal House," except that it's more an inept imitation that borders on insulting.
  8. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 16, 2010
    50
    It's an average piece of work, crammed with every frat-boy cliche you can imagine, and cast with actors who don't initially stand out.
  9. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Nov 16, 2010
    40
    Glory Daze is a frathouse-of-mirth comedy and so generic in its particulars that it is barely even necessary to describe its characters and their situation.
  10. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Nov 16, 2010
    40
    It's be one thing if the show employed thinly drawn, cliched characters in service of solid comedy, but very little of Glory Daze is actually funny.
  11. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 16, 2010
    40
    The problem is that Glory Daze itself never stakes a claim to its own identity. It's tonally all over the map--and that inconsistency gets in the way of the few potential laughs.
  12. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 16, 2010
    40
    While the fixings are here for genuine humor, Glory Daze repeatedly settles for quick-and-dirty. That's frustrating, even though it's understandable to some extent, because the audience for that style of comedy clearly exists.
  13. Reviewed by: Thomas Britt
    Nov 16, 2010
    40
    The first episode offers little to recommend. However, if the show can keep up with the boys as they undergo their own awakenings, then it might eventually offer something fresh to the campus comedy canon. If not, the series will become a comedy of last resort.
  14. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Nov 15, 2010
    40
    Nothing in the premiere episode ever gets as creative as that bit of casting.
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 15, 2010
    40
    It's not funny enough, the characters don't make much of an impression and the "Porky's"-style humor is too tame to have the requisite impact.
  16. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 16, 2010
    25
    The appealing cast valiantly tries to hack its way through the dense underbrush of jokes about frats and testicles and cannabis. But the harder they hack, the hackier it all becomes. Before long, the jungle has won. The show, and viewer, have lost.
  17. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 16, 2010
    25
    While the actors in Glory Days are attractive and not without talent, they're ill served by the hackneyed writing and desperate plot. These boys have only one thing on their minds and it isn't matriculation.
  18. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Nov 16, 2010
    25
    TBS has concocted a show once considered to be unimaginable: A college comedy so badly written, acted and executed, so deficit in any jokes or diversions that even a stoner wouldn't be able to enjoy it.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 28, 2011
    9
    I look forward to every new episode of this show and really hope it takes off. As of right now, it is the ONLY show I will watch regularly on TV and I think it is absolutely hilarious, a must watch for all those just entering college life. Full Review »
  2. Jan 18, 2011
    10
    It's a great show, showcasing how it was like in the 80's. I hope it gets picked up for another season. Though I don't see it going on beyond 2 or 3 seasons. Full Review »
  3. Jan 18, 2011
    8
    This show is not like Greek which sadly enough is ending this year. Yes it is set in college with a Fraternity similar to the Kappa Tau, but this time round it has that 80's feel to it which to me is interesting because I have always been interested in the Fraternity and Sorority system of American Universities and what this show does is show me in one way or another what college life was like in the 80's. This show does have potential and hopefully picked up for a second season. Full Review »