• Network: VH1
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 11, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 100
    "Love Monkey" may well be the smartest and most innovative network comedy-drama in many a year.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    90
    It all flows from the heart in a way few shows do, unfolding with the ease of being surrounded by people you've known forever already.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    It's sexy, funny, hip and heartfelt.
  4. A thoroughly enjoyable series, the kind that makes you smile throughout and occasionally burst out laughing.
  5. 75
    This is a series with potential.
  6. "Love Monkey" manages in one hour to be both funny and endearing, a more option-rich version of "Ed."
  7. 75
    There are times when the show feels both weightless and way too precious (that title), but those are counterbalanced by the charm and skill of the cast.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephen Kelly
    70
    Love Monkey is an anomaly, an intelligent, well-written dramedy for adults about adults, even if some of the chords it hits are in a minor key.
  9. 70
    I was initially concerned that this was going to become a male Grey’s Anatomy... but Love Monkey creator Michael Rauch... keeps facile wisdom to a bare minimum, and a certain urban energy level turned up.
  10. It is so well-assembled and well-played that its contrivances and clichés play like something reasonably close to life.
  11. Unless you're a cold, cynical, seen-it-all kind of guy (or chick), odds are you'll find a lot to like about the first episode.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Familiar as it all sounds, series creator Michael Rauch plucks most of the right chords.
  13. Smarter and snappier than one might have expected from a familiar sitcom premise.
  14. 70
    "Love Monkey" is easy to dismiss yet hard to dislike.
  15. For all the amiability of the cast, few of their interactions feel natural. [27 Jan 2006, p.73]
  16. 60
    To say that Love Monkey is derivative and predictable is not quite the same as saying it's bad.
  17. The series is well written, and has its moments.
  18. 60
    Without its classic, punk, and alternative allusions, the New York romantic comedy would be just another ''Sex and the City" with dudes, another ''Jake in Progress" or ''Four Kings." But with its musical knowing, ''Love Monkey" comes off more like a small-screen ''High Fidelity."
  19. 50
    "Love Monkey" does have its endearing moments. A few chuckles, even. But tonight's debut clomps all over predictable territory.
  20. Ed and Tom may be similar, but Ed was plenty more satisfying than this Monkey business
  21. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    40
    As with many other instances of men sharing their feelings, Love is better in theory than in practice.
  22. The premise of an attractive group of friends living and loving in the Big Apple is not exactly a novel idea, but there's always room for a series that resonates with a distinctive new take, a unique perspective or memorable characters. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
  23. Reviewed by: Adam Sternbergh
    30
    What ultimately hampers Love Monkey isn’t its lack of credibility. It’s a severe shortage of preposterousness.
  24. 10
    Another failed attempt to use rock as the backdrop for an insipid sitcom.

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