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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 18, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show) joins with Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Birthday Boys for a new sketch comedy series. Odenkirk and Ben Stiller serve as producers.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ray Rahman
    Oct 17, 2013
    The high-energy group's smart, counterintuitive brand of absurdism is especially reminiscent of The State. [18 Oct 2013, p.61]
  2. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Oct 17, 2013
    It seems like they’re trying to build a little universe of their own, on the shoulders of the most notable sketch shows of the past. It’s a show worthy of attention for that reason alone, and doubly so because it’s often funny as hell.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 18, 2013
    The two episodes I've seen are very good--engagingly twisted, more invested in ideas than jokes, often funny, usually admirable.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 15, 2013
    This is not sophisticated, drawing-room humor. It's closest to what they used to call college humor, and what is now considered stoned humor. But beneath the silliness is gentle but still dead-on satire that makes The Birthday Boys worth a look and a laugh.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 17, 2013
    If you are reaching the saturation point with this type of sketch work, The Birthday Boys may cause you to sigh at the sameness of it all. But if you’ve stayed away from those other yucksters, these ones provide fairly consistent midlevel laughs.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 18, 2013
    The Birthday Boys is a consistently funny show for viewers who are regular consumers of pop culture and recognize the elements from TV and film that are being spoofed.
  7. 70
    The more frequently Birthday Boys returns to seemingly unfunny or barely funny bits, the funnier they eventually become--another Python borrowing, and a good one.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Dec 12, 2013
    This show is amazingly good out of the gate! The episodes really hold together well. Evokes Monty Python and obviously Mr. Show--both in sense of humor and in consistency of original ideas. First season gets better and better. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2013
    The Birthday Boys, both the group and the TV show, adds an element to sketch comedy that really should be a lot more widespread in the genre: unpredictability. With few exceptions, The Boys avoid the common pitfall of sketches that do nothing but escalate, taking one gag and making it more and more extreme. There is always an element of unpredictability, stemming largely from the wide array of approaches taken by the group. Very little feels rehashed or overdone; the complete lack of topical sketches and very few pop culture references allow for novel ideas to flourish, and it's immediately clear why Bob Odenkirk was drawn to this production. This is quickly becoming my favorite IFC comedy (and one of the best on TV right now). It has the quirks and idiosyncrasies of Comedy Bang! Bang! but the hits:misses ratio is a lot higher. Here's hoping for a second season. Expand
  3. Nov 28, 2013
    It's not a bad show and some of the skits are good but it's lacking a much needed spark. It reminds me a lot of when The Kids in the Hall went off the air and they tried to replace it with The Vacant Lot. It simply doesn't bear the comparison to Portlandia that Odenkirk implied during the trailers. The group seems too large and the editing seems to fall flat. Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2013
    Mr Bob Odenkirk must be turning in his grave. After 8 episodes perhaps 3 sketches have been funny. This show makes the Whitest kids you know seem genius and makes comedy bang bang seem watchable and funny once an episode. Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2013
    Too many sketch group members, and none of them memorable besides the wide-headed chin guy. Slooooooooooow and too derivative. A Python rip-off, minus the wit. Expand
  6. Aug 7, 2014
    Not sure what show everyone else is watching, but personally I find this show completely without humor. I have watched five episodes desperately wanting to find it funny, but it just isn't.
    Most of the sketches seem to be inside jokes that only they really understand, or seem to find funny. Case in point the Roofers, or the guys who know the secret formulas for different colas hanging out, or just pick a sketch, none of them have any sense of the basic structure of comedy. They set up jokes and never pay them off, and most of the time they never even set up a joke.
    Go with the Kroll Show for sketch with comedy instead of a bunch of wanna be jokesters.

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