• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 1992
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18

Critic Reviews

  1. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 11, 2013
    100
    The show is fast-paced, crackling, choreographed like a comedy ballet. [20 Sep 1992]
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    What elevates "Mad About You" is that it twists the reality of marriage in the '90s with restraint and wit. It is not going for the big laughs, or those based on insults, but rather for laughs of recognition. In that, it succeeds quite well. And it doesn't hurt that the two stars are charmers. [23 Sep 1992]
  3. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Joshua Hammer
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    Natural, funny and brimming with romantic chemistry. [21 Sep 1992]
  4. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Engstrom
    Jul 11, 2013
    90
    The cracking chemistry of Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, a tremendous performance by Hunt, and an exceptional script for the pilot mark this as the best new sitcom of the season. [10 Sep 1992]
  5. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Jul 11, 2013
    88
    Reiser brings a gentle sense of the absurd to his strange but affectionate view of modern marriage. [23 Sep 1992]
  6. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 11, 2013
    88
    Reiser and Hunt have great romantic chemistry. [13 Sep 1992]
  7. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: John Freeman
    Jul 11, 2013
    88
    Loaded with big laughs. [20 Sep 1992]
  8. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 25, 2013
    83
    The scope is a little cramped but the writing is wonderfully droll.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    80
    The season's best new sitcom. ... Reiser, a former stand-up comic, has knife-edge timing and a full repertoire of nervous tics, and Hunt manages to be both charming and exasperating at the same time.
  10. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Jul 11, 2013
    75
    Fairly adult in tone and the comedy is a little offbeat. [5 Sep 1992]
  11. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Greg Dawson
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    It doesn't matter much that there's an assembly-line feel to these drop-in characters. The focus is on Reiser and Hunt, who make a merrily dysfunctional couple. [23 Sep 1992]
  12. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    How mad you'll be for the slice-of-strife romantic comedy of Mad About You may depend on your tolerance for the young-ish and restless, verbally glib and urban-ly neurotic. [23 Sep 1992]
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 10, 2013
    67
    What's missing in Mad About You is... madness. Unlike Seinfeld, it lacks the loopy quality — an affinity for the absurd — that regularly enables Jerry and his wacky pals to transcend the mundane. Already, a pattern is emerging in Mad: The best episodes are the ones in which Paul's whining finickiness annoys not only us viewers but Jamie as well.
  14. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jul 11, 2013
    60
    As in "Seinfeld" and the routines of countless stand-up comedians, nothing much happens in "Mad About You." ... At the very least, Mr. Reiser and Ms. Hunt get the chemistry just right.[23 Sep 1992]
  15. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Ed Siegel
    Jul 11, 2013
    50
    "Mad About You" isn't devoid of humor, but it's pretty lackluster after "Seinfeld." [16 Sep 1992]
  16. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 11, 2013
    50
    Helen Hunt's bright and flinty performance makes Jamie the kind of person one might like to get to know; she's spontaneous and fresh. But hangdog comic Paul Reiser... is tiresome and mechanical as Paul, and his stand-up comedy rhythms are monotonous. [23 Sep 1992]
  17. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 11, 2013
    40
    Initially sleek and stylish but empty. [23 Sep 1992]
  18. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    Jul 11, 2013
    40
    Overbearing ... Reiser and Hunt can't seem to resist going even broader than the already wide material requires. And though some humor does occasionally result, overall they take things too far, turning comic possibilities into missed opportunities. [23 Sep 1992]

There are no user reviews yet.