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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby), an etiquette columnist, is forced to seek out Bert (Kevin Dillon), a reformed bad boy from his past, to help him learn how to be a "real man" after his editor informs him he needs to modernize his column.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 9 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Brunner
    Sep 26, 2011
    The notion that decent guys need to learn how to be "real men" from macho jerks is a little silly, even for a sitcom. But the pilot does serve up some laughs, especially when Flight of the Conchords vet Rhys Darby is on screen.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 28, 2011
    How to be a Gentleman has some sharp writing, good byplay between the stars and a fair number of laughs.
  3. Reviewed by: Raffi Paul
    Sep 29, 2011
    As ordinary as this plot sounds, How To Be a Gentleman has a couple of things going for it, namely, Hornsby and Dillon.
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 28, 2011
    How to Be a Gentleman feels as if it comes from someone who knows a fair amount about constructing a sitcom but not quite enough about being funny.
  5. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Sep 29, 2011
    It seems to have an awful lot in common with a group of shows that never [found themselves], the generic and unfunny fodder that NBC threw up between its popular comedies back when it ruled Thursday nights with Friends, Seinfeld, Frasier, and Will and Grace.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 26, 2011
    With most of the near-laughs coming from the supporting players, Hornsby (also a producer on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and Dillon are reduced to set-ups and groaning rim shots.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 21, 2011
    Welcome to this year's "$#!* My Dad Says."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 13 out of 17
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    I thought the show was hilarious and am stoked to see Rhys Darby and Dave Foley back on the box with Cricket and Johnny Drama. I love Parks and Recreation but I'll be with these guys. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2011
    Kevin Dillon is a hoot. The rest of the cast is okay. But this was only the pilot and hows always improve on the pilot. So this should only get better. I give it a thumbs up and look forward to next weeks episode. Expand
  3. Sep 29, 2011
    At a benchmark of less than 10 minutes into the pilot episode, this gentleman fails to keep a balance of proper etiquette and proper humor. HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN is not a good show. Expand
  4. TGB
    Oct 27, 2011
    Highly unfunny. I couldn't find anything in the pilot to laugh at. Overacted, forced plot, and a script without any humor. Also rather insulting to those of us who are good guys, that we have anything to learn from a meathead jerk. Bad, bad, bad. Good riddance. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2011
    DIE DIE DIE this show sucked it wasn't funny kevin dillen was better on entourage he made a mistake with thus show it wasn't written well it wasn't funny. Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2011
    Not funny. Terrible acting. Terrible writing. Terrible jokes. Terrible show. CBS needs to step it up with their comedies. This and Mike and Molly are two of the worst comedies on TV. Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2011
    An insult to the comedy genre. Not at all funny, horribly acted and generally just a terrible show. The writing is weak and the setting is ridiculous. The characters have no area for growth and are bug stereotypes. Johnny Drama is so much better than this and should be doing something so much better than this. I honestly can't believe that any fool has given this show a positive review. Words cannot express how much I hated this. Expand

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