• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 20, 2010
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Scoundrels is wicked fun when the Wests are being wild.
  2. 75
    I would have preferred the whole crime family thing, but there could be some good laughs as the family attempts to work at legit jobs. It probably won't be as funny as breaking-and-entering, but I'll give it two more weeks to decide whether good will be good--or bad.
  3. Reviewed by: Katherine Stevens
    75
    Watching how the Wests attempt to navigate the straight and narrow could be hilarious.
  4. 75
    It's hard to say how the series will play out because by the end of the first episode Mom has declared that the family is going straight. In this, I hope they fail.
  5. Scoundrels, at 9 p.m., and The Gates, at 10, may not be exactly the stuff you can't wait another week for, but both are watchable and fun, part of a big ABC effort to put something new, if not original, on the air most nights this summer.
  6. 60
    Some of the comedy--which arises from the situations, not jokes--is good. So is the drama. Whether they'll work together as the show moves forward remains to be seen.
  7. As for Scoundrels, it is, like its characters, far from perfect, but probably far better than you expected from a scripted network show in the summer.
  8. There's nothing really wrong with Scoundrels, but it's just hard to see what's special about it, either.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    60
    Most of the screen time goes to Ms. Madsen, and she works hard to pump some life into the script's mild zingers.
  10. Scoundrels seems less concerned with how it sets up the rest of the series than with the laughs it hopes that setup will engender....Still, Scoundrels isn't all sitcom setups and repartee. At several points, just when we think we have one of the Wests safely caricatured, he or she will do something that surprises us.
  11. 50
    Scoundrels at least can brag about a good performance from a fine actress, Virginia Madsen, though....It's hard to care about Cheryl's efforts to save her children when the kids are so dull, and hard to care about her marriage when her husband appears to be badly miscast.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Virginia Madsen cuts a fine figure as the matriarch trying to hold her family of four kids together while their dad goes to prison, but the fanciful tone makes the show a little too pastel-colored when a bolder palette would seem to be required.
  13. 50
    Whether the show can figure out what to do with Madsen's semi-reformed brood is the challenge. Right now the show feels less like FX's recent, underrated The Riches than Brothers & Sisters set among the criminal element.
  14. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    42
    Bland, with no pop or energy, Scoundrels limps sadly along.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    40
    The problem is that Scoundrels is never as funny as it thinks it is.
  16. 40
    Charmless and predictable, Scoundrels seems like a tepid rehash of The Riches, a lively and thoughtful FX show about a family of gypsy thieves trying to go straight that was done in by the 2008 television strike.
  17. 30
    Not a single one of the characters were funny enough, or touching enough, to make me want to see more of them. If the Wests were thrown in jail, I'd be tempted to throw away the key.
  18. I'm sure the writers have big plans to examine the hilarious pitfalls everyone encounters after Wolf goes to jail and Cheryl institutes a new "no crime" rule but it's not just difficult to care about what happens next, it's difficult to imagine caring.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. VB
    Jun 21, 2010
    2
    Nothing about this show was interesting. The characters were boring and there was nothing about the show that made me want to care about any Nothing about this show was interesting. The characters were boring and there was nothing about the show that made me want to care about any of the characters. I couldn't tell if the show was a drama or comedy. The whole premise was a little distasteful and after about 35 minutes I had enough. Full Review »
  2. erocserocs
    Jun 21, 2010
    3
    Bad acting and bad writing means couldn't watch till the end.