• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 14, 2010
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    75
    The jokes are often as juvenile as the juveniles, which makes for some relaxing sitcom viewing. If the writers can stay away from any sort of tenderness, they might have a winner on their hands.
  2. Had they taken a closer look at how it all meshed together (or didn't), they'd have seen a series that has almost no funny moments, maybe one character the audience may feel affinity for, and any number of scenes where dumb is piled on dumber.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    67
    If you like the laid-back-dude vibe given off by "Reaper's" Tyler Labine, you'll enjoy this nicely ratty sitcom.
  4. Sons of Tucson has a sharp edge that can be funny even as it makes you feel uneasy for laughing.
  5. This might make a better premise for a movie than a series, but Fox is giving it a shot amid its Sunday animated comedies. It could pay off thanks to above-average writing, a winning performance by Tyler Labine and an understanding by the producers that this series must walk a tightrope to avoid becoming too sweet or cynical.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Tucson hasn't done much to invigorate the formula. Mostly, the situations provide an excuse for Labine to fast-talk his way into and out of trouble, which is amusing so far as it goes.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    40
    The three brothers, played by Matthew Levy, Frank Dolce and Benjamin Stockham, have stolen his accustomed role. They’re the loose cannons, given the best lines and allowed to swear and punch and break things....The talented Mr. Labine is left to play the same pratfalling sitcom father we’ve seen a thousand times before.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    30
    Sons of Tucson has an ugly, cheap tenor to it. It seems the writers are hoping against hope that the worse the brothers treat one another and the more the boys mouth off to Labine, the funnier it will get.
  9. With all due respect to the young actors playing them, who can only say the words the writers put in their mouth, these are three of the least appealing sitcom kid characters I've seen in a while, and though Labine's made me laugh in the past as a secondary character, as a lead he's leaden.
  10. Utterly unpleasant and unfunny, Fox's dispiriting Sons of Tucson may be the worst comedy series of a generally winning 2009-10 TV season.
  11. 50
    There are some humorous moments and decent lines. But overall, the joke has such a nasty, frantic edge, it's hard to care which way the punch line lands.
  12. 75
    This FOX version of a family sitcom isn't as irreverent or formula-free as it thinks--ABC's "The Middle" is actually edgier--but it scores points for never resorting to mere cuteness and for throwing in a bizarre sight gag about frozen squirrels.
  13. 70
    This farcical new sitcom won’t blow you away so much as keep you lightly amused.
  14. Sons doesn’t shine yet, but it could if the writers embrace their loony wild childs. Even at its worst, Sons is better than a third Seth MacFarlane cartoon
  15. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    50
    Mildly amusing, though take out some of the harsh language and you've got more of a Disney Channel or TeenNick series than a memorable Fox one.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Sep 12, 2010
    10
    This show is absolutely amazing! I pray that Fox doesn't cancel it because if you know the background of the show you truly understand whatThis show is absolutely amazing! I pray that Fox doesn't cancel it because if you know the background of the show you truly understand what the creators where thinking while making it. The people that made Malcolm in the Middle also where involved with this. My opinion, Fox tried to create another "Malcolm in the Middle" type show, and I think they did an amazing job!

    The children all have very similar personalities to the kids in Malcolm in the Middle. Watch it with an open mind because the storyline is great and the acting is incredible. I think fox found a smash hit and because there dads in prison for 25 years, this show could potentially have 7 or 8 seasons like malcolm in the middle. I think watching these kids grow up with Ron is going to be really funny. Brandon Gunderson is like Reese, from malcolm in the middle except he isn't a bully.

    Gary Gunderson is definitely the Malcolm of the show. He is smart and basically without his intelligence the family probably wouldn't still be together.

    Robbie Gunderson is a mix of Reese and Dewey because he is the youngest and he's witty but he is also a bully.

    What I love is that the brothers respect each other and the adventures and possibilities of this show is amazing. I love this show already and I hope it stays on for 5+ years
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  2. AustinR.
    Apr 12, 2010
    2
    I'm so glad they axed King of the Hill to make room for this "quality" entertainment. I hate "FOX Sunday" now. Yeah, they can't I'm so glad they axed King of the Hill to make room for this "quality" entertainment. I hate "FOX Sunday" now. Yeah, they can't even call it "Animation Domination" anymore. Full Review »
  3. MisterW
    Apr 11, 2010
    4
    They take the best, funniest actor out of the cancelled "Reaper" and give him a series of his own. I say, Yay! Then they do what the idiots They take the best, funniest actor out of the cancelled "Reaper" and give him a series of his own. I say, Yay! Then they do what the idiots at the networks always do, they forget why they liked him (Hint: he was the funny one!), and they give him all the straight lines. Hey, idiots! He's the comedic talent not the straight man! 'Kay? Let him beat on the kids and do awful stuff just like he did in Reaper and then you won't have to cancel the show!! Fools. Full Review »