• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 9 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 26, 2011
    30
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 30, 2011
    40
    There's nothing to really dislike about CBS' new sitcom How to Be a Gentleman. There's just not that much there at all.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 27, 2011
    10
    How to be a Gentleman is exactly the kind of TV comedy Johnny Drama would be thrilled to star in.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 29, 2011
    30
    It couldn't be more forgettable, but what's really irksome is the waste of a strong supporting cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 12, 2011
    58
    The cast is an embarrassment of potential, but Dillon is wearing as a Drama-like dude; the cultural-obsession-with-youth trope is old; and the learning-to-be-a-man stuff is pat. It's very meh.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 28, 2011
    37
    Even were this Odd Couple rehash amusing, you'd still wonder what sane person would think the dimwit who bullied him in high school was the ideal Sherpa into modern manhood.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 27, 2011
    20
    It's painful to watch so many talented comedic actors, like Darby, Rajskub, and Dave Foley, who plays Andrew's boss at the magazine, suffer with this material.
  8. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 29, 2011
    42
    On top of having a dated premise, it just feels tired.
  9. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 28, 2011
    40
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 29, 2011
    42
    This series won't last long enough for him to complete his education.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 29, 2011
    70
    I've watched the pilot possibly too many times not to notice how the parts have been glued together and the jokes teed up, but the performances are good.
  12. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 29, 2011
    25
    There may be something salvageable here--this kind of odd couple pairing worked great in, well, "The Odd Couple"--but the pilot is virtually humorless.
  13. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 28, 2011
    70
    How to be a Gentleman has some sharp writing, good byplay between the stars and a fair number of laughs.
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 28, 2011
    67
    This is a comedy with a solid core group of characters and a chance to go the distance.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 21, 2011
    0
    Welcome to this year's "$#!* My Dad Says."
  16. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Sep 29, 2011
    30
    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.
  17. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 28, 2011
    42
    There's no "here" here.
  18. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 29, 2011
    25
    I hope Andrew (David Hornsby) has penned an etiquette column on how a gentleman handles getting canceled by a network, because he's going to need it.
  19. Reviewed by: Raffi Paul
    Sep 29, 2011
    60
    As ordinary as this plot sounds, How To Be a Gentleman has a couple of things going for it, namely, Hornsby and Dillon.
  20. Reviewed by: Rob Brunner
    Sep 26, 2011
    75
    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.
User Score
2.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 13 out of 17
  1. Sep 30, 2011
    0
    Is CBS out of their minds? This is the worst show on TV since Glee. I didn't laugh for one second during the premiere. This needs to be cancelled. Watch Parks and Recreation at 8:30 on NBC instead. Full Review »
  2. Oct 1, 2011
    0
    The only thing that I hate more than the pilot episode to How To Be a Gentleman is federal taxes. Kevin Dillon is not in the right post-Entourage role. The writing is weak. The characters are flat. Full Review »
  3. Sep 30, 2011
    0
    The only positive thing I can say about this sludge is that it cured my constipation.
    Is Johnny Drama really this talentless? Apparently.
    The writing made me cringe, the acting made me think I (or anyone for that matter) could act, and the concept
    was, well, deull and lack any imagination. Really, who would pay to air this crap?
    Oh, right.
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