• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 27, 2013
    80
    It is funny and disturbing in exactly the manner and proportions one would expect from his earlier works.
  2. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Sep 27, 2013
    80
    [A] charming, sweetly aching new HBO comedy.... [Stephen Merchant] makes even the most absurd and cringeworthy situations--his desperate attempts to enter an exclusive Hollywood hot spot is like horror comedy--feel authentic and conversational.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Sep 27, 2013
    75
    A little buzzkill-condescending, but there's enough mirth to affirm the sitcom's promise. [4 Oct 2013, p.61]
  4. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Sep 25, 2013
    75
    The early goings of Hello Ladies are more amusing than they are funny.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Oct 3, 2013
    70
    Little by little, Hello Ladies grows on you.
  6. Reviewed by: Cody Ray Shafer
    Oct 2, 2013
    65
    The problem is, it's nothing we haven't seen already in The Office, or countless other romantic comedies. It's forgivable, though, as Hello Ladies doesn't give up on the self-deprecating scenery.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 25, 2013
    63
    It's a bumpy ride, but at its best, Hello Ladies understands the demoralizing fear that turns so many men into insufferable jerk-offs.
  8. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 23, 2013
    63
    The Brit does a toe-curling turn--almost to a fault--as a successful web designer who, when it comes to dating, crashes more often than shoddy software.
  9. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 28, 2013
    60
    Hello Ladies has several funny moments in its premiere episode, but it's another comedy strictly for viewers who like to squirm at bad behavior.
  10. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sep 27, 2013
    60
    Fortunately, there are some laughs in Hello Ladies and skewerings of the vapidness that runs like a river beneath the glitzy surface of show business.
  11. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 27, 2013
    58
    Hello Ladies is so much of a piece with both "The Office" and "Life's Too Short"--oblivious asshole keeps putting himself in humiliating situations because of an overinflated sense of self--that it's tiresome almost from the start.
  12. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Sep 30, 2013
    50
    Merchant uses his gangly physicality (at 6-foot-7, he towers over everyone else on the show) to good effect in scenes when Stuart is on the make. Despite that, though, and despite the fact that Merchant is willing to make himself the butt of the joke, Hello Ladies doesn't quite pull off the trick of making Stuart someone you want to spend week after week seeing.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 27, 2013
    50
    Hello Ladies already seems well-worn by the end of Episode 2. Some of Merchant’s asides are amusing enough, but not to the point of caring one way or the other about what befalls his character.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 27, 2013
    50
    Hello Ladies is a diverting curiosity, nice to look at and good for a few squirmy laughs.
  15. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 27, 2013
    50
    We've seen this show before, in fresher settings, with stronger comic structure --from, in fact, the same creators: Merchant and American "Office" writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 27, 2013
    50
    As Stuart, the lovelorn web-designer hero of this sad-sack comedy vehicle, [Stephen Merchant] often tries one's patience, feeling more like an overexposed supporting player incapable of elevating the initial one-joke premise.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 26, 2013
    50
    Despite clever and uncomfortable moments, Ladies falls short of the pay-TV plateau.
  18. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 25, 2013
    50
    The odd episode of Hello Ladies has its moments, but it's difficult to imagine where the show can go. Merchant has painted himself into a corner with an unlikeable central character wandering through a shopworn stereotype of Los Angeles.
  19. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2013
    50
    Future television and movie historians will know us mainly by our enjoyment of stories about sad sacks who further their own misery by trying to impress those around them. It’s a threadbare shtick, but Merchant... has mastered it.
  20. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 29, 2013
    40
    The trouble is, cringe-worthy comedy is so overdone at this point that even people like Merchant, who can milk it like almost no one else, can’t make it entertaining anymore. Mostly, it’s just painful to endure.
  21. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 27, 2013
    40
    Stephen Merchant plays a socially awkward British web designer living in Los Angeles who's not good with women, but in ways so obvious (and obnoxious) that it's hard to commiserate with him, much less laugh.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Oct 21, 2013
    10
    Critics have no idea what they're talking about. Very nice to finally see Stephen Merchant as a leading character, as he thoroughly deserves it. Have been following him since the XFM radio days and think this show is brilliant. Well done to HBO for thinking outside the box yet again and showing why TV has become such an interesting medium in the last 5-10 years.

    They should allow more british reviews on here as I think many of the critics here have a serious issue with the humour differences and the subtleties. Americans need things spelled out so they're so quick to write something off if they don't get it straight away.

    Watch it and see for yourself, and don't pay any attention to the critics Stephen, your show is awesome!
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  2. Oct 16, 2013
    9
    This series had a bit of a rocky start but after episode 3 it feels like its found its stride. What a fantastic ensemble of characters, Stuart's sage type relationship with his awkward employee Rory is particularly captivating. I hope this show can keep it up! Full Review »
  3. Oct 15, 2013
    10
    This show is incredible. Unsurprisingly it has a mixed rating from the 'critics'. Critics generally wouldn't know comedy if it slapped them in the face in the form of a comedic fish. Merchant has the perfect mix of an awkwardness and oblivious nature, to me he is the best parts of the humor from the partnership with Gervais.

    It is definitely an original take on tried and tested scenarios. While the show is a little obvious in some ways (two arrogant but vulnerable characters are perfect for one another but their pride gets in the way), it has a totally fresh feeling to it. Maybe it's the new talent (Kyle Mooney; whose role should and hopefully will continue to get bigger), or the way they make LA look beautiful (that's an artform in itself), whatever it is the show is fun to watch, relatable, funny, and fresh.

    Really hope this show gets picked up for a second season!
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