• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 14, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 15, 2011
    88
    Mad Love [is] a relationship sitcom with real chemistry. [21 Feb 2011, p.41]
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 14, 2011
    83
    Labine and Greer completely hijack the show, and almost threaten to turn Biggs (you'll remember him from "American Pie") and Chalke ("Scrubs." "Roseanne") into props. A well-made and skillfully executed sitcom. Oh--almost forgot--fun, too.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 14, 2011
    80
    Chronicling the opposite relationships requires Mad Love to bounce from light romantic comedy to murderously hostile wisecracks and back again, which it accomplishes with considerable deftness. The show's quick wit is matched with a talented cast, particularly Labine.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 14, 2011
    80
    It would be a stretch to call Mad Love subtle--one running gag is an elevator that stops a few inches short of the floor--but neither does it feel compelled to spell out every nuance, like how Larry and Connie really feel about each other.
  5. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 14, 2011
    75
    I don't know what's mad about this love, but CBS's new rom-com, Mad Love at least has some laughs.
  6. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mar 4, 2011
    70
    What this comedy has is the charm of its brash comic energy. That it's an energy located mostly in a single character, and not the main one either--officially, anyway-makes little difference.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 14, 2011
    70
    Of the couples comedies to debut so far this midseason--NBC's "Perfect Couples" in January, Fox's "Traffic Light" last week--CBS's "Mad Love" (8:30 tonight, KDKA-TV) is probably the best. That's not to say it's a great show, but it is the least groan-inducing.
  8. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 10, 2011
    70
    Despite feeling like the concept owes quite a bit to the British series Gavin & Stacey, and a nagging suspicion that the evolution of one couple completely smitten and the other ready to spit on each other will take a long time to come around to four friends and two happy couples, that's not a problem if the jokes are funny. So far, so good.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 14, 2011
    67
    Mad doesn't stray far from "Mother's" formula
  10. Reviewed by: Mikey O'Connell
    Feb 15, 2011
    60
    Mad Love is not a bad show, but, judging from its first outing, it's not immediately deserving of the caliber of actors it managed to secure for its primary quartet.
  11. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 14, 2011
    60
    OK, it's not Chekhov or even "How I Met Your Mother," to which it will inevitably be compared, but it's a lot better than the I'll-do-anything-for-pizza jokes that precede it.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 14, 2011
    60
    It's pleasant enough, but has the potential to stand out only in the manner and pace at which Connie and Larry unspool, without the fairy-tale sparks enjoyed by Ben and Kate.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 11, 2011
    58
    The semi-dreaded but not altogether unwelcome "not terrible" tag is visited upon CBS' latest Monday night comedy entry.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    It's a likable cast and the show seems a potentially good companion to "HIMYM" (these characters even hang out in a bar that looks a bit like the "HIMYM" bar shifted 90 degrees), but there's one problem: It's not especially funny. Not yet, anyway.
  15. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    Maybe they'll be back for more. Maybe they'll be canceled. It's hard to imagine anyone getting mad if that happened or loving the show enough to do much about it. Maybe they should have called it Sort of Annoying Like.
  16. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    If Mad Love pushes toward a more distinctive identity and grows beyond TV's standard two-couple romantic situations, there may be hope.
  17. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    This is Mad Love, which takes a good cast--however tired I am of Labine playing the same guy--and forces them to try to make themselves heard over people who seem to think everything they say is hilarious.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    Heartbreakingly enough, "bland" is the best you can expect from Mad Love, a mediocre example of TV's most overworked, underproductive sitcom subset, the romantic comedy.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    Too bad that's not more wonder in this very familiar show. There's nothing really wrong with Mad Love. There's just nothing new about any of it.
  20. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    Love may mean never having to say you're sorry, but Mad Love should apologize profusely. In short: There are better ways to spend Valentine's Day.
  21. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    It's hard to judge a show by a single episode (although, in some cases--NBC's "Perfect Couples," for example--the stench is instantly convincing), but Mad Love has at least the seeds of eventual success.
  22. Reviewed by: Michael Landweber
    Feb 14, 2011
    50
    They've done very funny work in other shows and movies, from Scrubs to Saving Silverman to 13 Going on 30. If the show would deemphasize its already tired premise, it might be another decent comedy about four quirky friends in the city
  23. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Feb 15, 2011
    40
    Like dozens of recent network comedies, Mad Love feels as though it was focus-grouped until any edges it might have had were completely worn away.
  24. Reviewed by: Phillip Maciak
    Mar 8, 2011
    38
    Seeking to replicate the success of sweet-n'-sour sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother, Will and Grace, and the BBC's Gavin and Stacey, Mad Love never seems invested in its main characters, and so we, as viewers, are absolved of any investment as well.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Feb 15, 2011
    8
    If you can get through the first ten minutes, and I grant you it'll challenge your patience, the show suddenly blossoms into somethingIf you can get through the first ten minutes, and I grant you it'll challenge your patience, the show suddenly blossoms into something entirely funny. I'll watch it again. Full Review »
  2. Jan 9, 2013
    5
    This most usual sitcom, no creative, no fresh ideas, no differences from other tv comedies , am possible to look, but on tv have thousandThis most usual sitcom, no creative, no fresh ideas, no differences from other tv comedies , am possible to look, but on tv have thousand comedies better than sitcom. Full Review »
  3. Jul 19, 2012
    0
    Watched a couple of episodes and it was torture, a complete How I met Your Mother rip-off. The acting is so poor and the actors are so awkwardWatched a couple of episodes and it was torture, a complete How I met Your Mother rip-off. The acting is so poor and the actors are so awkward and lame that they aren't even remotely funny. When they talk they change subject and mood in seconds and they strive to make the viewers laugh at their pathetic jokes. Full Review »