• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 16, 2008

Overwhelming dislike - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 10 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    All told, it's the most familiar of reality concepts with all the usual tricks--barely deviating from established programs, patterned after a movie ("Monster-in-Law," anyone?) and relying upon a pithy name to spare the marketing guys from working too hard selling it.
  2. A denial of our brand new day is reflected even more egregiously in Momma’s Boys (Mondays on NBC), which arrived amid controversy last week when the show turned out to be “The Bachelor” with race baiting.
  3. 25
    Last week, I complained about NBC's plan to turn its 10 p.m. hour over to Jay Leno five nights a week. I take it all back. If this is the alternative, Leno can't arrive soon enough.
  4. I once wrote that "Joe" was "far from the worst TV dating show" I'd seen, and I suppose I could say the same about Momma's Boys, but only because I've seen a lot of dreck since then.
  5. This putrid reality competition works a racist mom into the mix: So, in addition to a parade of mostly inarticulate, cheerfully stereotypical bimbos--the usual bunch of shrieking morons you encounter in this desperate-dating genre--there's plenty of moral ugliness as well.
  6. 10
    The show, executive produced by self-labeled momma's boy Ryan Seacrest, is totally stupid, but you knew that already.
  7. Seacrest and his cohorts do everything they can to ratchet up the artificial tension and drama, following in the footsteps of so many primetime abominations that have preceded Momma's. Here's the good news: Come fall 2009, 10 o'clock shows like this will be obsolete on NBC, replaced by five nights a week of "A Man Named Jay" (or whatever they choose to call it).
  8. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Momma's Boys is produced by Ryan Seacrest--who also proudly brought us "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"--who is seemingly trying to perpetuate a final stereotype: that reality producers are willing to stoop as low as necessary for a hit. Good work on that one.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Momma's Boys is so dreadful that it effectively neuters critical disembowelment before the operation even begins.
  10. Executive produced by Ryan Seacrest, this sucking wound of a show introduces three guys and their moms who move into a house filled with women.

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