• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 3, 2007
  • Season #: 1

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 23
  2. Negative: 18 out of 23
  1. 30
    Its writers are clearly addicted to the tired conceit of giving us three jokes per script page, no matter how played-out the jokes, no matter how predictable the pratfalls.
  2. Never thought a TV comedy would leave me wistful for Silverman's NBC bomb "The Single Guy," but "In Case of Emergency" manages to do just that.
  3. [It] may be the worst, most annoying comedy to turn up on the networks this season.
  4. 50
    It's a good cast, and Arquette's peculiar charm is always welcome. But I'm tired of comedies about the desperate infantilism of panicked adults. [8 Jan 2007, p.35]
  5. It becomes clear rather quickly that there's nothing funny going on here and, by the second episode, the show seems out of ideas for its paper-thin premise.
  6. 40
    In Case of Emergency puts these characters through sadistic slapstick.
  7. You get the feeling that if this show is given enough time to find its strengths and understand its characters, it could be around for quite some time.
  8. "In Case of Emergency" is uneven, more antic than witty.
  9. 30
    Where The Class is warm and charming, Emergency is crude and overdrawn.
  10. Germann [is] the only good thing in the show.
  11. Lori Loughlin co-stars as an emergency room doctor who's dragged into their lives in ways so sitcommy they make robbing Mick Jagger look like a halfway decent idea.
  12. [It] instantly displays a commitment to slapstick in direct proportion to a state of comedic denial.
  13. "The Class," not a terrific sitcom by any stretch of the imagination, trades in this quarterlife crisis nonsense each week far better than "Emergency" does.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Somewhere trapped inside this shrill, irritating comedy is a better show that emerges only in fleeting glimpses, amid the manic tone and Catskills-comic humor.
  15. 20
    A peculiar piece of work that's a whole lot creepier than it means to be.
  16. It’s not well-cast.... It’s not well-written.
  17. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    "Emergency" is sodden, forbidding, a waste of 22 good minutes.
  18. 20
    There doesn't seem to be a point to the madness here, and that gives this one the expected life span (and the charms) of a housefly.
  19. There's a desperation to the whole affair, a sense that if the creators just keep the pace fast and the jokes tasteless, everything will be fine.
  20. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    [A] shapeless, pointlessly annoying comedy.
  21. 10
    Dreadful... unwatchable... There's nothing unlikable about the rest of the cast [other than Arquette], but their attempts at farce make you just want to get away from them.
  22. 50
    A haphazard farce that fails to find a consistently funny groove.
  23. 37
    It's kind of like Friends if every character had been outlandishly contrived, every situation had been stripped of every humorous moment, and every attempt at sentiment had felt cheap and unearned.

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