• 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

There are no positive critic reviews yet.

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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