• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 12, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. It's another one of those dismissable, disposable, oh-so-slight comedies.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    20
    Nearly everything feels stale in this sitcom.
  3. 20
    [It] recycles all the comedy cliches of pregnancy.
  4. 50
    The show just kind of rolls along, never quite provoking you to change the channel but never providing any great reason to pay attention either.
  5. 50
    The cast has an ordinariness that's a little too believable. [16 Apr 2007, p.43]
  6. Unexpectedly, it's funny. And it gets funnier and sharper in future episodes.
  7. 10
    No cliché is unexplored, no supporting character is allowed to resemble an actual person.
  8. 75
    "Underbelly" has got some good, (no - I won't say "belly") laughs, but you've got to wonder what happens if the show's a success.
  9. There’s nothing especially novel or insightful, let alone funny, about the show’s take on impending parenthood.
  10. "Notes" feel[s] like a number of other sitcoms about couples who hail from Mars and Venus, respectively, and adds little to the discussion beyond stretch marks.
  11. 70
    It's different, it's droll, it's quirky, it's funny.
  12. A lackluster show about a conflicted mother-to-be and her annoying and oblivious husband that mostly provides ammunition to those who argue that Hollywood is out of touch with the real world.
  13. 50
    The only thing missing is fresh, smart, unpredictable humor.
  14. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    40
    Occasionally sharp as an epidural needle, often dumb as a pea pod, sometimes half decent.
  15. Forget the epidural, you'll need laughing gas, stat.
  16. There's nothing particularly awful... But there's nothing particularly right about it either, and laughs are spotty at best.
  17. 25
    All this obvious plot about baby showers, maternity peeing and big-belly clothing is unbearable.
  18. 10
    It is one of the worst sitcoms on the air.
  19. Underbelly eschews cliche and makes pregnancy surprisingly laughable.
  20. 60
    It’s a more-than-solid cast, which is half the battle.
  21. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    30
    There's no sign of passion here; it's all awkward.
  22. Revolting.... Watch and you’ll lose your appetite for life.
  23. Reviewed by: John Maynard
    50
    "Underbelly" does indeed aim narrow, likely appealing only to those who are pregnant or have recent memories of it.
  24. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    30
    Clearly, "Notes" plans to explore the fear, joy and ridiculousness that parenthood inspires in so many of us, relying on the quirks of the characters to infuse this with sass and humor. But none of the characters seems up to the task.

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