• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 12, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 12 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 12, 2012
    80
    Guys With Kids is a perfect confection of witty dialogue and slapstick action.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 10, 2012
    63
    The opening gag of this new series is not just contrived but also uncomfortable.... But the show improves from there. [17 Sep 2012, p.40]
  3. 60
    The weak link is Jesse Bradford's Chris.... The other couples are more humanely drawn. Because they make emotional and psychological sense, the chirpy sitcom banter goes down more smoothly.
  4. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Sep 12, 2012
    50
    The show feels like it should be better.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 12, 2012
    50
    It's precisely what the title says: just new iterations of the same spit-up and teething jokes.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    Sep 12, 2012
    50
    Save for Sheila, the parents are likable and their circumstances familiar, but Guys with Kids relies too often on predictable jokes.
  7. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 10, 2012
    50
    Some of the jokes are amusing, but the show is a traditional sitcom that looks slightly dated.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 12, 2012
    42
    There are some adorable tots mugging hard on NBC's Guy with Kids. The adults muck it all up.
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 11, 2012
    42
    Guys with Kids is over-populated, under-funny and no match for the simple charms of Three Men and a Baby, the surprise mega-hit of 1987.
  10. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Sep 10, 2012
    42
    It's 30 minutes of cringeworthy material, full of lazy jokes and stereotypes of overwhelmed dads and uptight ex-wives.
  11. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 12, 2012
    40
    Modern guys may have all manner of hilarious, disturbing and conflicting feelings about their children and the role of caregiver, but none of them make it into the pilot. Only Gary, exhausted and overwhelmed, seems to be experiencing life with an actual child, which is why he gets all the best lines.
  12. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 12, 2012
    40
    Almost all of it feels hit-and-run, an exercise in setting up a clever line here or a cartoonish response there.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 11, 2012
    40
    The backdrop is obviously meant to be relatable, but the execution brings such a stale approach to sexual politics as to feel dated by the first act break.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 11, 2012
    37
    Guys With Kids is an idea in search of a show. And a better idea.
  15. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 12, 2012
    30
    It's far too mediocre to be truly provocative even if the premise is a carefully camouflaged bit of retrograde.
  16. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 12, 2012
    30
    Parenting can be a tough slog, but I've always found it to come with more laughs than this sorry show.
  17. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 12, 2012
    25
    I expect more from you [Jimmy Fallon] than this insipid sitcom.
  18. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 12, 2012
    25
    Notwithstanding the unfathomable reaction of the studio audience, the show certainly couldn't survive on the basis of its humor, because there is none.
  19. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 11, 2012
    25
    Nothing to see here. Move on.
  20. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 12, 2012
    20
    It's a cheap, stale, stereotype-addicted sitcom where no one, male or female, comes off especially well or likeable, excepting possibly the babies.
  21. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 12, 2012
    20
    Run, don't walk, from this depressingly generic retro-sitcom about--guess what--guys with kids.
  22. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 10, 2012
    20
    The women here are shrewish, the vibe is both manic and tired, and overall, the decent cast (which includes the wonderful Anthony Anderson) is given nothing funny to do.
  23. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 11, 2012
    12
    I'd rather babysit a dozen children between the ages of 2 and 10 then sit through more of this.
  24. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 10, 2012
    10
    It's a show that should never have been put on paper to begin with.
  25. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 10, 2012
    10
    Truly, all the actors on Guys with Kids--even the unknown children used as props--deserve better writing than what they get in this crummy, unimaginative sitcom.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Sep 14, 2012
    8
    In spite of the negative reviews given it by the "professional" critics (which I don't put any stock in to begin with), I enjoy the show. I found it thoroughly refreshing to finally have a sitcom that had absolutely zero inclination to sex, innuendo, crude humor, or any of the other inappropriate topics that have been so prevalent in TV since the 90's. The jokes were simple and wholesome while not losing any of its humor or coming off as being cheesy, making it an excellent show to watch with family and friends in the evening.

    I absolutely believe the show and the concept have potential, and I would highly recommend watching it.
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  2. Sep 13, 2012
    7
    It's not going to set any records, win any awards, but found it pretty enjoyable all the same. It's good mindless viewing, perfect with your dinner on your lap. Has it's moments, some clever humour, some just over the top. Think it's got legs, with an interesting cast. Full Review »
  3. Jul 17, 2013
    8
    It is one of the best shows after Friends/ Sienfeld and Modern Family. I dont understand why the sitcom has not many great reviews. The episodes are so much fun. My personal fave is halloween. I wish they restart the show. Full Review »