• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 2, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 1, 2012
    30
    Every beat of the new show is so stale and familiar the audience can practically sing along to the punchlines--which, perhaps, is the point.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 30, 2012
    30
    Lousy writing and stale characters rule in Malibu Country.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 2, 2012
    30
    Unfortunately, there are few shows this season worse or more grating than tonight's Malibu Country, where the beachfront corn grows awfully and annoyingly high.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 1, 2012
    30
    [Malibu Country] is a traffic jam of culture-clash cliches, numbing laugh track cackles, and fake stage-set lighting.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Nov 1, 2012
    37
    Lazy and listless to the point of being sad.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Nov 1, 2012
    38
    The Nashville-meets-California jokes are pretty weak. [12 Nov 2012, p.46]
  7. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Nov 2, 2012
    30
    The pilot for Malibu Country isn't the very worst show of the new season. But it's easily the greatest waste of talent.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Nov 1, 2012
    67
    I can't say I laughed a lot, but I like the premise and kind of dig the sheer novelty of a show that doesn't have characters forever addressing the camera.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Nov 2, 2012
    58
    Reba's smile can warm almost anything. But it's not worth sitting through this recycled sitcom for it.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 2, 2012
    50
    The deal you make with a series like this is, if it doesn't ask too much of you, you won't ask too much of it.
  11. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 30, 2012
    50
    The comedy--anything but edgy--is one cee-ment pond and half a fancy eatin' table away from "The Beverly Hillbillies," and is rooted in the inevitable culture clash of a Tennessee family adjusting to life in Southern California.
  12. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Nov 1, 2012
    30
    Even if you buy the premise that 2012 Nashville is a redneck hellhole barely familiar with indoor plumbing (big laugh in episode one: Reba meets her first gay person!), the show's performances and punchlines mostly fall flat.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Nov 1, 2012
    42
    Outlandish and thoroughly TV Land-ish, Malibu Country belongs on the network of Hot In Cleveland, Happily Divorced and other broad, blast-from-the-past sitcoms.
  14. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 14, 2012
    0
    Reba McEntire stars in this unfortunately joyless sitcom about a woman who gave up her own singing career to support her husband's superstardom in country music.
  15. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Oct 30, 2012
    67
    Malibu Country is nothing great. But its studio-shot sitcom style sure suits Reba.
  16. 50
    The dialogue and situations (written by Kevin Abbott) are nothing special.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 1, 2012
    40
    Here the basic setup is "The Beverly Hillbillies" without Jed.
  18. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Nov 1, 2012
    30
    Malibu Country, because of flabby writing, is decidedly less than the sum of its parts. It plays like a distressingly formulaic Disney Channel comedy.
  19. Malibu Country is so old school, in fact, that it feels like a leftover from ABC's TGIF days, complete with a studio audience, an irritating laugh track and a sitcomy march-time pace.
  20. Reviewed by: Leigh H. Edwards
    Nov 2, 2012
    50
    Though she performs a heartfelt song about her mixed emotions, the implication being that Bobby's songs are lies and hers tell truth, the episode's ongoing comedy bits don't support this distinction.
  21. 60
    The multicamera, laughtrack sitcom is completely unoriginal, the jokes are recycled and many of the characters--especially Reba's obnoxious teenage son and daughter--are underdeveloped stereotype. Still, the charismatic country star and Tomlin's droll Lillie Mae, who successfully balances her sharp tongue with surprising softness, are entertaining.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Nov 24, 2012
    1
    Depressing and unoriginal. The show is filled with cliches to the brim. The plot is unimaginative and tired, the acting average at best and the actor's habit of laughing at their own jokes no matter how unfunny is sad. Full Review »
  2. Feb 9, 2013
    1
    Having watched "Reba" and enjoyed the joy very much. Having seen the work of Lillie Tomlin as most have, i respect the immense talent of both and can say that neither would be part of a project they felt would not work. However, i must admit that for what ever reason, they have chosen to stay "within" the box and we must all remember that their are cases where even great actors can not overcome poor writing and lack of creativity... NEVER EVER thought i would rate any piece of work assocaited with Reba poorly, but also know that the most critical person reviewing her work, is her!... luv ya Reba and know the most important value you have is honesty... good luck you guys and work ont his PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  3. Jan 28, 2013
    10
    Reba, Sara and Lily are a great comedy team. This show is cute, funny and witty; a must see! It touches on family issues, 'taboo'subjects, and has the right amount of sarcasm. I love this show! Full Review »