• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 15, 2006
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    With the quirky tone and lead character's voiceover, this all feels a little too much like "Anne's Anatomy," with neither the wit nor whimsy necessary to sustain a concept that would likely fare better as a romantic comedy feature than an ongoing series.
  2. Heche is very likable here. She plays some of the same notes she played when stranded with Harrison Ford in "Six Days Seven Nights," or playing Amanda in last year's "Everwood" guest arc, but also crafts a credible character, and slips into her central role comfortably.
  3. A mere wisp of a show, so lighter than air that it threatens to float away at any moment.
  4. 60
    But while it shows Heche at an advantage, the series itself is, to tap into the script's car-driving metaphors, just a rusty old vehicle.
  5. 50
    If you can stick with the show past its barrage of one-note eccentrics, a lower-key charm does begin to seep through.
  6. 20
    A clichéd, cloying show.
  7. Basically, [the lead character is] a collection of every stereotypical romantic comedy and chick-lit trait, made especially annoying by Heche.
  8. 88
    [It] looks like Sex and the City relocated to Northern Exposure. [18 Sep 2006, p.39]
  9. Misgivings about Heche aside, "Men in Trees," in a weaker season, might be worth trying to warm up to.
  10. 88
    The writing is so good, so clean and understated that it's a pleasure to behold.
  11. It's a premise that seems more appropriate to a mid-'90s theatrical romantic comedy -- something with Sandra Bullock or Meg Ryan -- than to a TV series, and indeed, given how much transpires in the pilot, you could bang an extra hour of complications and resolutions onto the end and have a spiffy little chick flick.
  12. "Men in Trees" wants to be a "Sex and the Tundra" but is closer to "Northern Overexposure."
  13. 10
    A halfhearted, feebleminded attempt at a situation comedy about that eternal and ever-fascinating struggle, the battle of the sexes. The creators of ABC's "Men in Trees," though, do seemingly everything they can think of to quash that fascination and declare the battle null and dull.
  14. 60
    Men in Trees lets Heche remind everyone what a versatile, charming actress she can be.
  15. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    10
    At least "Men in Trees" doesn't tax your brain. Just your patience, taste and intelligence.
  16. A surprisingly refreshing romantic dramedy full of appealing characters.
  17. 75
    A witty, sophisticated romantic drama.
  18. Heche really shines in this role.
  19. Line by line, scene by scene, we're given improbable scenarios played out by a pinched and robotic character.
  20. 25
    "Men in Trees" starts pretty badly. The actors haven't found their characters' breath yet. The writing is chiefly cardboard. But the light drama isn't all bad.
  21. 30
    I just hate that spunky gal character who alternates between her plucky plans and occasional adorable breakdowns, where she screeches or giggles or collapses in a heap on the floor, and someone needs to give her a hug or a kick or a romp in the sack.
  22. 70
    It’s really a sentimental looking-for-love show after all, albeit one with a wonderful lead actress who will surely do her best to bring nuance and spark.
  23. Although not quite Northern Exposure for morons, Men in Trees makes you want to climb one, just to get out of the way of the smirks.
  24. With a pleasant blend of quirkiness and charm, this is an M.I.T. we can all get into. [15 Sep 2006, p.68]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 190 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 144
  1. SusanL.
    Mar 1, 2008
    9
    This ia a chick-flick series, so all the male critics jump on it. If you have mostly XX chromosomes, check it out.
  2. SteveK.
    Dec 6, 2007
    10
    I'm trying to remember the last TV show in which every single member of the cast is not only amusing but actually likeable! And no I'm trying to remember the last TV show in which every single member of the cast is not only amusing but actually likeable! And no overdrawn, stupid caricatures, either. It's a great show!! Full Review »
  3. darlal.
    Nov 10, 2007
    10
    I love the show and the characters ...wish it came on everynight cant wait to see next episode.