• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 9, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Feb 8, 2011
    88
    There's some smart slapstick, and I believe that Perry could be the one sane man in an arena that holds 17,505 people.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 9, 2011
    83
    As a man struggling to find where he misplaced his heart, Perry makes angst seem easy. His sense of timing isn't rusty. The sitcom has a few clouds: Alonzo needs an edge and the show should make Jorge Garcia's ("Lost") facilities manager a permanent regular. But Mr. Sunshine could be midseason's brightest ray of mirth.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 8, 2011
    75
    What more could you ask? Sharper scripts, for a start, and a better sense that Perry's unhappy central character is strong enough to hold the center of the show. But there's enough promise here, and enough room to grow, that you can't help hoping Sunshine will follow the midterm-correction path set by the show it's replacing, Cougar Town.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Feb 9, 2011
    70
    It's a busy opening, including brief but satisfying guest appearances by Jorge "Hurley" Garcia and an elephant. The show is well played down to the smallest parts.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 9, 2011
    70
    Watching Crystal fire off demands to Ben while working out on a treadmill wearing high heels and a business suit is wondrously, bizarrely funny. If Mr. Sunshine can relocate moments like that from the show's periphery to its center, it may stick around for a while.
  6. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Feb 8, 2011
    70
    Mr. Sunshine isn't nearly as polished or original as "Modern Family," which precedes it on Wednesday night, but it has the talent and the potential to improve.
  7. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 8, 2011
    70
    Mr. Sunshine looks promising, with former Friend Matthew Perry playing straight man in a swirl of kooks, including an especially amusing Allison Janney, who deliver consistent laughs.
  8. Unfortunately, things just never really gel in a pilot episode that falls flat and is only intermittently funny....In fact, only Janney, whose gleefully oblivious character spews un-PC zingers and keeps a huge self-portrait in her office, makes a truly fresh impression.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 27, 2011
    67
    [Perry] needs to put on a smilier face without losing his sharp edge: sunshine with the ability to inflict a burn.
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 18, 2011
    63
    For now, Sunshine is a bit busy and unfocused. [28 Feb 2011, p.43]
  11. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 9, 2011
    60
    Part of the hedging about Mr. Sunshine stems from her role. In the pilot, it's a wildly over-the-top portrayal that's simultaneously fun to witness but worrisome as to whether Janney can pull it off every week.
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 9, 2011
    60
    Much like "Cougar Town" was back in the fall of '09, Mr. Sunshine is a show with a lot of likable performers, a solid creative pedigree, occasional laughs and a whole lot of room for improvement.
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Feb 8, 2011
    60
    The premiere of Mr. Sunshine feels more forced at times than it needs to be, as if the writers mistrusted Perry and company's ability to wring humor from real-life situations and felt compelled instead to send in the clowns--with axes--to get the job done.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 8, 2011
    50
    While the varied events coming to the center each week do create comedic possibilities, Sunshine will wax or wane less on what passes through that revolving door than on the underwhelming occupants of its regular offices.
  15. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 9, 2011
    42
    Decidedly dreary for openers, Mr. Sunshine succeeds in making Cougar Town look like a lion of the prime-time jungle. That's obviously not the intent. But Perry, Janney and company will have to brighten matters in a hurry to avoid a very quick sunset.
  16. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Feb 9, 2011
    40
    Mr. Sunshine isn't particularly hilarious or endearing, and the comedy doesn't surround Perry with a balanced ensemble of characters who get to be funny as well.
  17. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 9, 2011
    40
    Even when the pacing and writing and performances seem to line up, some intangible quality fails to quite hit the spot.
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 9, 2011
    40
    Mr. Sunshine never really comes into focus. I'm regarding this as a work in progress, and am hoping it finds its way in weeks to come the way Cougar Town quickly did.
  19. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 9, 2011
    40
    It just doesn't feel like it's setting up a story we're really going to care about.
  20. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 9, 2011
    40
    It's not a complete disaster, thanks to supporting actress Allison Janney and a smooth single-camera tone. But it's a quintessential "so what?" sitcom that practically begs you to damn it with extremely faint praise, mincing your words down to the blandest of neutrality.
  21. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 9, 2011
    25
    I suppose Sunshine can get by for a time on Perry's familiarity to audiences and because it has the great "Modern Family" as a lead-in. But in the long run, those factors aren't enough to counterbalance how much of a downer the show is.
  22. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 8, 2011
    25
    Leaden, dull, flat, tone deaf. Any reason to go on? Sure. This replaces another ex-"Friends" vehicle (Courteney Cox's "Cougar Town," which returns mid-April) that launched with both left feet, then dramatically improved. With all the on-screen talent here, this ex-"Friends" star could eventually shine, too.
  23. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 9, 2011
    0
    The premiere, which was written by and stars "Friends'" Matthew Perry, has a premise that's full of possibility but a delivery that never arrives.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Feb 11, 2011
    8
    I usually agree with the critic aggregation, but here the metascore is way off. The premiere was consistently funny, fast, ironic and slightly weird and with no canned laughter. Tonally, it reminds me of the late and great "Better Off Ted" - human crises in an almost absurd, non-human world. The cast is uniformly excellent, the writing is crisp and everything looks great. I just hope they don't abandon the out-of-left-field humour in order to pander to a broader and duller audience. Full Review »
  2. Apr 20, 2011
    10
    This is my new favourite show. Sure it's weird seeing Matthew Perry play a character other than Chandler, but give it a couple of episodes and his character really starts to come out. The humour is well written and different, with just the right amount of randomness. Also there's no laugh track over the top making the show seem a little more intelligent than most sitcoms these days. Also don't let the name throw you off, it is fitting after seeing an episode. Full Review »
  3. Apr 18, 2011
    7
    It sort of reminds me of a male oriented "30 Rock". I like it. Matthew Perry never seems to get the credit he deserves, and this proves that he is more than just a one-note tv star. While it might not be for everyone - it has a light hearted flair that gives all the characters a place in his bizarre little world behind the scenes style. There is enough to keep me watching and hoping that it stays on the air, in hopes this kind of tv show will survive in a world of Dancing with the Stars. Full Review »