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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 9, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

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  • Summary: Molly Shannon and Selma Blair are mother and daughter in this American remake of the hit Australian comedy.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 28
  2. Negative: 16 out of 28
  1. 80
    As superbly superior as Shannon is (a comparison to Lucille Ball, while inevitable, would not be overreaching), the whole cast shines, and not just in refracted glory.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    60
    Ding ding ding went the bell, and up went an agreeing groan, six minutes in. Perhaps this was less a judgment of Kath & Kim's general quality--it was one of the better shows we screened, or at least one of the not-as-bad.
  3. Reviewed by: Kirsten Markson
    40
    The individual performers, enthusiastic as they seem to be, are hardly helped by this approach. Shannon and John Michael Higgins (who plays Kath’s new boyfriend, Phil Knight) are both used to playing lovable buffoons. But their time is largely wasted here.
  4. Kath & Kim writers, meanwhile, seem to have nothing but contempt for their heroines. Kim is willfully ignorant, rude and obnoxious in a fashion that has no redeeming qualities, and Kath is mainly an unhappy blank who lets her daughter walk all over her.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Whatever lingering debt the show owes to its original template has also resulted in some awkward elements, including occasional internal monologues by both title players that are as empty, banal and unfunny as when they're actually talking.
  6. It's a complete wince-inducing mess that makes you feel sorry for Shannon and annoyed at NBC and Nader.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    10
    It's sneering and unwatchably badly written; it shoots at fish in a barrel and still manages to miss.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. nbc
    Sep 3, 2011
    10
    This show is hilarious. I do not understand why so many people thought it was terrible. I guess they just didn't get it. Maybe you have toThis show is hilarious. I do not understand why so many people thought it was terrible. I guess they just didn't get it. Maybe you have to have a specific type of humor. Anyway, Molly Shannon is wonderful as the sweet Kath Day and Selma Blair is a blast as the "I'm to good for everyone" Kim Day!! Expand
  2. AnthonyL.
    Oct 10, 2008
    10
    It was really funny.
  3. BillyB.
    Oct 28, 2008
    9
    I almost checked out after the pilot...I agree it pretty much sucked....but I gave it a chance and by the third episode I'm loving it. I almost checked out after the pilot...I agree it pretty much sucked....but I gave it a chance and by the third episode I'm loving it. The characters have finally become real, knowable and likable. Great shows like 30 Rock and The Office show how great characters are everything. Give it a chance. Expand
  4. munnt
    Oct 16, 2008
    7
    Although it is hard to imagine where the writers can go from here, I thought the pilot was very funny. I thought Selma Blair was hilarious as Although it is hard to imagine where the writers can go from here, I thought the pilot was very funny. I thought Selma Blair was hilarious as Kim. I'm really surprised at how brutal the critics were. Expand
  5. CarolineO.
    Oct 23, 2008
    2
    I seldom feel compelled to share my opinion about TV shows, movies, etc. but I was SO astounded by the HORRIBLE writing, casting, and limited I seldom feel compelled to share my opinion about TV shows, movies, etc. but I was SO astounded by the HORRIBLE writing, casting, and limited acting ability ( Blair, in particular) that I had to research and see if other viewers found it as much of an insulting waste of time as I did. Most concur. Expand
  6. leef
    Oct 10, 2008
    1
    Not funny.
  7. SusanM.
    Oct 9, 2008
    0
    Poorly written & not funny. Bites basically.

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