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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. DawnM.
    Nov 23, 2007
    10
    I love this show. I'm married and know about all the three lifestyles portrayed on this show. It's hilarious because every episode is so true in real life. Expand
  3. GailS.
    Nov 4, 2008
    10
    This was the best half hour on tv. Please get it back on the air and get rid of the poor replacement shows.
  4. Matt
    Feb 14, 2007
    9
    After reading the negative reviews you'd think people deserved jail time over this show. I was pleasantly surprised and the cast has great chemistry. A good fit after Two and a Half Men. Expand
  5. EE
    Apr 30, 2007
    9
    I think David Spade and Patrick Warburton are great in this show. I haven't seen an episode that wasn't funny.
  6. Blake
    Apr 9, 2007
    8
    Not the best show of the year. But it was very funny. It was dark enough to add some character not seen in many comedies this year. I'd not place it in that top teir (The office, How I met your mother) of sitcoms, but definitely in the second teir with (Earl, The Class and New adventures of Old Christine) Expand
  7. ajjay
    Feb 4, 2007
    0
    Is David Spade the most annoying human being alive?

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