Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Some of the humor works less well--Martin playing five instruments while flipping through a sketch pad is more strange than funny--but Martin is clearly a smart guy and his intellectual humor succeeds more often than it fails.
  2. 75
    The surreal comedy of Steven Wright is clearly an influence on Martin (one of Martin’s jokes: “I wonder if there were any Goths in Gothic times”), but Important Things also has a boldly silly streak.
  3. Important Things is inconsistent--the sketches are on the whole less funny than the stand-up, but they have their moments, and the show is on the whole worthwhile.
  4. 80
    You'll find an important (and rare) thing: an off-kilter show that's at once smart, outlandish and very funny.
  5. As is the case with nearly all sketch-comedy series, this one from "The Daily Show" alum Demetri Martin--and produced by Jon Stewart's Busboy Prods.--is very much hit-and-miss, with the misses outnumbering the hits in the first installment and the hits predominating in the second.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Cavna
    80
    Think the deadpan Steven Wright, only cheerier and more versatile. A stand-up comic and sometime cartoonist, Martin seems cursed with endless postgraduate cleverness.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Keepnews
    70
    Is he ready for his own weekly half-hour show? Judging from the first two episodes of Important Things With Demetri Martin, which makes its debut on Wednesday night on Comedy Central, the answer is a qualified yes.
  8. Reviewed by: Stuart Levine
    60
    Like "Saturday Night Live," "Important Things" is often hit and miss, but the simplest way for Martin to smooth over the bumps would be to become more comfortable in the stand-up segment.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Feb 1, 2013
    6
    It's funny at times but the show is very inconsistent. The skits as well as the stand up are either funny or they are not, There is no middleIt's funny at times but the show is very inconsistent. The skits as well as the stand up are either funny or they are not, There is no middle ground. I would say that's the biggest flaw of the show because it's incredibly awkward watching Demetri delivering an unfunny joke then watching the audience awkwardly laughing at it. Also, Not a fan of the recurring characters, More annoying then funny. Full Review »
  2. HunterH
    Dec 15, 2009
    9
    I love this show. Demetri's interstitials are very well done. His stand-up is a little dry and relies on a lot of editing genius. I love this show. Demetri's interstitials are very well done. His stand-up is a little dry and relies on a lot of editing genius. However a funny show over all. Full Review »
  3. SamS
    Dec 2, 2009
    2
    Martin is not amusing. He finds himself much funnier than he is, and that is insanely bothersome to me.