Surviving Jack : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 27, 2014
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65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics What's this?

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 60 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on Justin Halpern's book I Suck at Girls and set in the 1990s, Jack (Christopher Meloni) is left in charge of his teenage kids Frankie (Connor Buckley) and Rachel (Claudia Lee), after his wife (Claudia Lee) enrolled in law school.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 27, 2014
    90
    Surviving Jack is terrific. Funny and smart, poignant and believable, it is undoubtedly the best new comedy of the season.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 27, 2014
    80
    The pilot is funny, Meloni holds the whole thing together and even the voice over works--despite there needing to be, at the very least, a five season moratorium on that little conceit.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 27, 2014
    75
    Among the innumerable improvements here that lift Jack over Dad, start with turning the paternal lead over to Christopher Meloni--an actor who can convey warmth, brains and masculine menace with a glance--and giving him an actual person to play, rather than an insult-spouting cartoon. Then throw in making his wife a regular character, casting Rachael Harris and moving the story back in time, so that the son is now a more empathetic teenager, rather than an adult moving back home.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 27, 2014
    70
    Jack's "surrounded by idiots" misanthropy and drill-sergeant parenting threatens to wear thin, but Meloni sells it with an underlying intelligence and empathetic warmth.
  5. 60
    A series that’s not as impressive as its lead actor’s performance.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 26, 2014
    60
    Mostly, it’s another throwback to the twin notions that writers like tackling what they know, and adolescence--with all its potential for humiliation and exultation--offers fertile if not particularly original ground for comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 27, 2014
    20
    Surviving Jack serves up the latest exasperating parent whose outrageous behavior doesn’t add up to a decent sitcom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. May 27, 2014
    10
    I love this show! My husband and I laugh out loud. My 21year old daughter is now hooked. I told my friend who watched 5 shows back to back.I love this show! My husband and I laugh out loud. My 21year old daughter is now hooked. I told my friend who watched 5 shows back to back. Great writers. Love all the characters. Keep this on tv. No more realty shows. Please Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2014
    10
    Super funny series, love the characters and the fact it happens in the 90's. Once again, good humor lined with good life lessons. LoveSuper funny series, love the characters and the fact it happens in the 90's. Once again, good humor lined with good life lessons. Love it,absolutely love it!!! Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    I cant believe this show was cancelled!!!! Huge mistake!! my husband and i laughed so hard. love the characters and real life relationships.I cant believe this show was cancelled!!!! Huge mistake!! my husband and i laughed so hard. love the characters and real life relationships. please bring it back :( Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2014
    10
    love the fact it happens in the 90's. I grow up in the 80 's and 90's and this series is a modern creation about that time and its awesome!! Ilove the fact it happens in the 90's. I grow up in the 80 's and 90's and this series is a modern creation about that time and its awesome!! I also think Its a super funny series with good humor lined with good life lessons. Expand
  5. Apr 2, 2014
    10
    One of the best comedies i see ally ear . its fun what jack kick ass also be a hard father but is that the point of this show , bring more ofOne of the best comedies i see ally ear . its fun what jack kick ass also be a hard father but is that the point of this show , bring more of the JACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2014
    8
    Yes its not very original but I got a few laughs out of it and as the vast majority of comedies are horrible with a laugh track superimposedYes its not very original but I got a few laughs out of it and as the vast majority of comedies are horrible with a laugh track superimposed to let me know where the jokes are il give this another chance Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2014
    0
    Someone needs to inform EFYevan, below, that you are not entitled to write a critique about a show you turned off after 1 minute. But havingSomeone needs to inform EFYevan, below, that you are not entitled to write a critique about a show you turned off after 1 minute. But having read his useless review that just adds another problem I have with this show. I missed that episode but I have to say, for a show that takes place in 1991 clicking on porn would be sort of impossible. First porn site wasn't until 1994 or 95. Sure you could see digital porn but you weren't clicking on porn sites in 1991.

    OK so 30 minutes of awesome parents who know just the right thing to say as life unfolds in upscale neighborhoods might be must see TV for some. But it's the 21st century and I guess I just expect a bit more than rehashed Wonder Years.

    Compared to the Goldbergs, Jack and the Millers, the one TV family I might actually want to spend time with is the Millers.

    I'm not sure how many "coming of age" tv shows the world can handle. I hated the Goldbergs at first. This show is nothing but the WASP version of the Goldbergs.

    I suppose there's a certain charm to pretending your childhood was so fascinating, as undoubtedly you also believe about yourself, that we all want to sacrifice 30 minutes of our precious time to watch you grow up. But I'd be lying.
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