• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 3, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 3, 2013
    80
    Sean Saves the World is like a comedy cruise to self-discovery, with both Sean and his daughter learning of strengths and weaknesses they didn’t know they had, the process punctuated with keenly funny dialogue and precision timing.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    [Sean Hayes is] the consummate pro, with impeccable comedic timing, fluid verbal and physical dexterity--a nod to Ball’s slapstick shtick--and a tendency to let others around him share in the laughs. That’s all on display in Sean Saves the World.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Tinkham
    Oct 4, 2013
    60
    It's more of a kindhearted family show--but it does need some kind of edge.
  4. 60
    So, concept, story, dialogue: just okay. Cast: outstanding. Sean Saves the World is on my "wait and see" list for sure.
  5. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Oct 2, 2013
    60
    Sean is an older but only slightly more down-to-earth version of Jack, the impishly self-centered gay man Mr. Hayes played so well on “Will & Grace,” and that gives this otherwise commonplace sitcom its zest.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 4, 2013
    50
    It's meaningful that a gay dad with a teen daughter can be conventional--it's a just not great comedy. [14 Oct 2013, p.44]
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 3, 2013
    50
    For better or worse, Sean Saves the World is exactly what he wants it to be--an old school, joke-loaded, histrionic showcase for himself.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 2, 2013
    50
    The best part about this family comedy is, indeed, the family, especially when Hayes and Lavin are sharing the screen. The workplace, however, seems to exist in another world, where no one and nothing is at all amusing.
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 1, 2013
    50
    The good thing about Sean Saves the World is that it's an ensemble show. The bad thing about that for the show is that we're often happier to see the supporting characters onscreen than we are Sean, who is funny from time to time but whose constant state of frenzy gets tiresome.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 3, 2013
    42
    Sean Saves the World actually left this viewer depressed about the health of network comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2013
    42
    Nothing about Sean Saves the World is off-putting, but not much about it is welcoming either.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 3, 2013
    40
    Sean Saves the World is a weird show in that it’s not aggressively bad. You won’t be rolling your eyes. It’s more just remarkably forgettable.
  13. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Oct 3, 2013
    40
    A frantic, erratic pace that keeps it from really getting anywhere.
  14. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 3, 2013
    40
    Hayes, like the character he played opposite Hilty last season as a guest star in "Smash," seems uncomfortable whenever he deviates from his preferred setting of over the top. But when everyone's over the top, it gets exhausting.
  15. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 3, 2013
    40
    The shtick flies fast and furiously, but with only one decent joke for every 10 rote punch lines.
  16. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 3, 2013
    40
    Even with savvy veterans and a relatively fresh newcomer like Isler around him, little about Sean Saves the World will make most viewers keep coming back.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Oct 2, 2013
    33
    Sean Saves The World is almost completely devoid of laughs.
  18. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 2, 2013
    33
    The strange alt-reality of Sean Saves the World, where a hundred bits of TV past--floating aimlessly in our memories--have coalesced into a cultural artifact that feels as antediluvian as a Walkman.
  19. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Oct 3, 2013
    30
    The good news is that Hayes has been given a serviceable supporting ensemble.... The bad news is that Hayes isn't so much gay as he is neutered. And Sean Saves the World has the archaic look and feel of an '80s show.
  20. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 3, 2013
    30
    This isn't so much a comeback as a case of go away and try again.
  21. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 2, 2013
    30
    The show is so manic, particularly Mr. Hayes’ performance, that it’s clearly trying too hard--and painfully obvious set-up dialogue.
  22. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 30, 2013
    30
    There’s simply precious little here worth seeing.
  23. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 19, 2013
    20
    The rhythms, the "jokes" and the pace are all stiff and overwrought, and priority seems to be giving Sean Hayes a huge number of opportunities to mug for the camera.
  24. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 1, 2013
    10
    Basically, no cast has ever meshed less successfully than this one.... The situation set up for the comedy is all over the map and indecipherable, never more so than at work. The home-life scenes just have "Fake Sitcom" spray-painted all over them.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    Great Show, very funny, love the cast and especially Elle
    Must see I can't wait till next week. Sean is such a great actor,
    Linda is a very
    special part of this show. All the cast has such great timing
    My favorite new show of the season
    Full Review »
  2. Oct 11, 2013
    8
    Week One was a little less than I was hoping for, however
    Week Two was vastly improved.
    Hang in there and continue to improve--this will be
    excellent for Sean and his many fans. Full Review »
  3. Oct 4, 2013
    1
    I've always felt that Sean Hayes was a talented actor and an apparently pleasant person. Despite this show, I suspect that he may still be. What little positive I can see in this show would be greatly helped by Mr. Hayes toning down his mugging (i.e. acting). I didn't check the "spoilers" box since there is little I could say to spoil this show. Full Review »