Notes from the Underbelly : Season 1

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

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24

Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    "Underbelly" does indeed aim narrow, likely appealing only to those who are pregnant or have recent memories of it.
  2. 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.
  3. Underbelly eschews cliche and makes pregnancy surprisingly laughable.
  4. 70
    It's different, it's droll, it's quirky, it's funny.
  5. 60
    It’s a more-than-solid cast, which is half the battle.
  6. 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.
  7. 20
    [It] recycles all the comedy cliches of pregnancy.
  8. There’s nothing especially novel or insightful, let alone funny, about the show’s take on impending parenthood.
  9. 10
    No cliché is unexplored, no supporting character is allowed to resemble an actual person.
  10. 10
    It is one of the worst sitcoms on the air.
  11. Revolting.... Watch and you’ll lose your appetite for life.
  12. 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.
  13. Unexpectedly, it's funny. And it gets funnier and sharper in future episodes.
  14. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    The cast has an ordinariness that's a little too believable. [16 Apr 2007, p.43]
  15. 25
    All this obvious plot about baby showers, maternity peeing and big-belly clothing is unbearable.
  16. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Occasionally sharp as an epidural needle, often dumb as a pea pod, sometimes half decent.
  17. "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.
  18. Forget the epidural, you'll need laughing gas, stat.
  19. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    There's no sign of passion here; it's all awkward.
  20. 20
    Nearly everything feels stale in this sitcom.
  21. 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.
  22. There's nothing particularly awful... But there's nothing particularly right about it either, and laughs are spotty at best.
  23. It's another one of those dismissable, disposable, oh-so-slight comedies.
  24. 50
    The only thing missing is fresh, smart, unpredictable humor.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. Laurie
    Oct 30, 2007
    I was once lived the life a generally hip person, got pregnant 4 years ago, and watched it all get, er, interesting in a Chinese curse sort I was once lived the life a generally hip person, got pregnant 4 years ago, and watched it all get, er, interesting in a Chinese curse sort of way. I found this show to be very funny and have it at number 18 in my TiVo lineup! That's out of 64 and just under Metalcocalypse. Full Review »
  2. Kelly
    Oct 11, 2007
    I love this show, it's hilarious! Everything said about pregnancy is true and I can relate totally!
  3. Doug
    May 31, 2007
    Absolute trash.