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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 23, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

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  • Summary: Del Shores' movie and stage show about a Texan family moves to the small screen with Rue McClanahan as the family matriarch who takes in the town bar singer played by Olivia Newton-John.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Shores has created a funny, loopy, off-kilter comedy that, truth be told, probably would play just as well on other cable channels, including Comedy Central and TV Land.
  2. Reviewed by: Ari Karpel
    Del Shores brings his movie and stage show about crazy Texan Women and slightly-less-crazy gay men to TV with a cavalcade of camp icons and brilliant, canon-ready Beth Grant. [25 Jul 2008, p.64]
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Both the humor and the storytelling can be blunt. But the performances are mostly appealing--the ensemble really seems to be having fun--and the jokes often slip past you more quietly than you expect.
  4. From where I sit, it is something of a mixed bag, but it works more than it doesn't, and an impressive, semi-big-name cast helps keep it upright and lends the project an air of prestige--especially in the context of its modest little network.
  5. 50
    Sordid Lives: The Series has a decidedly amateurish tone, with shoddy production values and acting that shows some seams. But the tone works in the show's favor.
  6. 50
    It's like watching a drag show--you know, when you're supposed to laugh because we're conditioned to laugh on cue. But in reality, it's forced, er, gaiety.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. LaneT.
    Jul 24, 2008
    This show is the best comedy on TV!!!
  2. ThomasW.
    Nov 16, 2008
    We can't fault it for being too short! That means we love it! It's such a fun show, and there are few shows with such a large ensemble that are all equally incredible!! Expand
  3. TerryB.
    Aug 1, 2008
    This is a VERY funny show! It not only exploits all of the "virtuous" things in every small town U.S.A., but it points out that everyone - rich or poor - has issues with which they struggle every day. The writing is sensational, the tongue-in-cheek dark comedy is very biting, and there are many laughs to be had. GREAT SERIES! I hope they do another season after the initial series! Expand
  4. BruceP.
    Aug 17, 2008
    Love it! Fantastic show in every aspect!!!
  5. BobH.
    Oct 30, 2008
    This show is the highlight of my week. I am from TN and the characters are so correct, I know it is supposed to be in Texas. I love the fact that it is REAL and not glossed and airbrushed. This is good TV. I can't wait til it starts again. Expand
  6. ChadG.
    Oct 30, 2008
    The cast is great esp. Sissy (Beth Grant). I do think there are too many story lines to follow. They gay story in LA is dated and does not fit with the Texas story. Call waiting episode is a classic. A guilty pleasure!! Expand
  7. CarlW.
    Jul 25, 2008
    Too short and too many commercials from logo.

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