• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 18, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. 75
    "The Class" is a good example of how any premise can be turned into good fiction, even if it's cluttered with tired cliches.
  2. The best that "The Class" can muster is a kind of cookie-cutter familiarity (also known as lameness) that gets prodded by the laugh track to make everyone at home feel like a good time is being had. It's not.
  3. The best sitcom this year, and one of the best in a lot of years.
  4. And though there are a few clunkers along the way... the largely theater-trained cast is as solid as the writing, which only grows stronger in two subsequent episodes.
  5. “The Class” has appealing characters and funny lines, but it has some problems. The jokes move along slowly, and at times the acting turns very broad and very loud, as if it were dinner theater.
  6. A sometimes-promising, sometimes-frustrating, always-overpopulated new sitcom that kicks off this season's odd new trend of shows about relative strangers who become best pals in a hurry.
  7. 40
    The crass elements of “The Class” threaten to drag the whole show down.
  8. Hang out for a while... and you may quickly realize why you didn't stay in touch with most of your fellow third-graders. People like these suck the life out of you.
  9. 10
    "The Class" has very little. Considerably worse than being classless, however, is being laughless, at least if you happen to be a sitcom, and "The Class" does, albeit one that's about as rib-tickling as a migraine.
  10. 88
    Juggling such a large ensemble won't be easy, and the producers have to guard against crowding too many stories together at the cost of depth and development.... If they can get the balance right, though, Class should be an ideal fit for CBS' successful Monday lineup.
  11. 75
    The Class doesn't necessarily generate more laughs than other sitcoms, but it has more charm--like a kinder, gentler How I Met Your Mother--and that's incentive enough to stick with it. [16 Oct 2006, p.39]
  12. The best thing to say about "The Class" is that it improves by quite a few notches as it goes along.... The worst thing to say about "The Class" is that requiring viewers to come back and try, try again is asking a lot.
  13. 50
    There's a nice idea in there somewhere. Now, if CBS and the show's producers can get together on changing most of it, they might have something.
  14. 80
    Not since Friends has a comedy been blessed with so many appealing performers matched to sharply drawn characters.
  15. While [Lizzy Caplan's] pretty great, the show remains merely somewhere on the edge of good. [3 Nov 2006, p.67]
  16. In addition to some screwball comedy, it also has a lot of heart.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    In the mostly undistinguished roll call of new comedies, it goes to the head of the class.
  18. 70
    A comedy with lots of charm.
  19. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    70
    Watch the first few minutes of "The Class" in its CBS sitcom debut tonight, and you may not believe me when I say this, but here goes. I think they might have something here.
  20. If "The Class" feels calculated, unrelated to life outside sitcoms, and encased in amber, it's a competent American product, ultimately, no harder to watch than, say, a Dodge is to drive.
  21. 40
    "The Class" will never be smart, or clever, or original, but it does have a chance of becoming inoffensive and diverting.
  22. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    30
    Almost none of [the characters] shows signs of becoming an actual person rather than a high-concept joke.
  23. The punchlines fell flat more often than not.
  24. Cute but not cloying, funny but not overflowing with gratuitous sex jokes, "The Class" earns a B+, which easily puts it in contention for valedictorian among fall 2006's freshman comedies.
  25. The writing has picked up considerably since the pilot. But the real reason to try this show is the cast.
  26. 75
    It arrives fresh, charming and consistently funny.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 66
  2. Negative: 13 out of 66
  1. LizH.
    Jan 30, 2008
    9
    PLEASE BRING IT BACK! I am stunned it was totally canceled. I laughed out loud ever single episode!!! I have been waiting for it and PLEASE BRING IT BACK! I am stunned it was totally canceled. I laughed out loud ever single episode!!! I have been waiting for it and didn't believe when someone told me it wasn't coming back. I just looked it up! TERRIBLE! It is almost like a show has to have dirty comedy for people to watch it. This show was good clean fun! :( It replaced my Will & Grace (even though that was a little dirty. Full Review »
  2. b33pb33p
    Dec 14, 2007
    8
    Good, fresh new show. Great blend of characters and good storylines.
  3. BrendaC.
    Sep 12, 2007
    9
    Great show! Please don't cancel it, now that we've lost Friends this show came right at the perfect time...Please, please Great show! Please don't cancel it, now that we've lost Friends this show came right at the perfect time...Please, please don't cancel it, we can't wait for it to return. Full Review »