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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 5, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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  • Starring: Bianca Kajlich, Patrick Warburton, David Spade
  • Summary: This sitcom about relationships centers on a married couple, an engaged couple, and a single man. It's even less engaging than it sounds.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Tom Hertz
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Feb 5, 2007
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 08:30 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 27
  2. Negative: 19 out of 27
  1. You might not remember to record it every week, but if you stumble upon it, you might stay.
  2. 40
    At no point will you feel like scratching your own eyes out rather than sitting through an episode. So there’s that.
  3. 25
    Everything has the familiar mechanical deadness of a sitcom assembled from old ideas. [12 Feb 2007, p.39]
  4. Besides making every aspect of dating and mating look depressing, it's hard to come up with a reason to spend time with any of these characters.
  5. There isn't a single new comedy idea in any of the upcoming episodes, and in some scenes, you practically can yell out the punch line before the characters get to it.
  6. 0
    While TV comedy is getting good again, the network has decided it's time to resurrect the groan-inducing cliches of stinky sitcoms to remind us of just how truly rancid the genre can get.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 63
  2. Negative: 7 out of 63
  1. Oct 26, 2011
    10
    Thank goodness for Metacritic, I love this show, patrick warburton, david spade are hilarious, the critics don't like it because it is not a politically correct sitcom, the males are like grown college men, Spade routinely uses women for nothing more that sex, there is no central character that is gay, many of the jokes are smack downs, insults about girly men, women, etc. I LOVE IT! Obviously the fans have it right, I hope this show rockets up the charts in its 5th season because my old favorite "Two and a half men" stinks without crazy Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher is a wuss! Expand
  2. Feb 25, 2011
    10
    I love the show even as moved to Thursday night. My only rub is DAvid Spade's character. He has the mentality of a 8-year old. He treats his "firends" accordningly. Who writes for him? Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2013
    9
    The critics are out to lunch on this one! I've seen comments like "I'm married and I can relate". I'm not even married and I find this show hilarious. Patrick Warburton and David Spade are funny as Really can't believe they this show got cancelled. Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2013
    8
    Definitely don't agree with the critics on this one. The show is funny and entertaining. I don't know what they based their criticism on, but it's definitely not as bad as they say! Check the show out and give it a chance. If you don't like David Spade however then don't bother, he is a main character and ya either love him or hate him Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2012
    7
    Overall this is a good show. Jeff Bingham/Patrick Warburton is the best. As a married man, I can relate to the humor. I enjoyed it more when it first came out but I still watch every week and I'm glad it is still on the air. Expand
  6. May 15, 2013
    4
    As much as I try, I just cannot find this show funny. It's a sitcom? I get the sit. But where's the com? The characters are generally annoying and there's no one in the show that brings me back to watch it. Expand
  7. Apr 26, 2012
    1
    David Spade and the rest of the cast have absolutely no comedic talent at all. And boy does it show in this cliche, superficial, artificial, piece of .... one of the worst shows on television. Expand

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