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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 5, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Lisa Kudrow, Laura Silverman, Damian Young
  • Summary: "The Comeback" stars Lisa Kudrow as a one-time sitcom star who is trying to revive her career. Kudrow and Michael Patrick King (executive producer of Sex and the City) co-wrote the pilot script and will executive produce the series. Kudrow's producing partner Dan Bucatinsky is set to executive produce through the duo's production company, Is or Isn't Entertainment. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Mar 12, 2014
    100
    The show truly teeters on wonderful. This is probably TV's most poignant half-hour comedy in years, a masterfully modulated combination of shrewd satire and a tender, even tearful, central story. [5 June 2005, p.N01]
  2. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    88
    The Comeback is funny, especially when it skewers the tasteless and false in reality TV.
  3. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Mar 13, 2014
    80
    She's self-flagellating, but in a nuanced, funny-sad and heartbreaking way, mixing slapstick and pathos with intelligence and the sharpest of comic instincts. [4 June 2005, p.C25]
  4. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 18, 2013
    50
    The indignities suffered by Valerie are cringy but not very funny — the show strives for the precision awkwardness of The Office but settles for general peevishness.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 16, 2014
    50
    HBO is asking you to spend a half-hour a week with a deluded loser, watch her be degraded by reality and sitcom hacks, and pay for the privilege. Doesn't sound like a good way to make a comeback.
  6. Mar 16, 2014
    40
    The mock documentary has funny moments -- small, keenly observed sendups of the entertainment industry -- but for the most part The Comeback is the saddest comedy on television.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 16, 2014
    25
    Kudrow seems to be aiming for ``The Larry Sanders Show'' or ``Curb Your Enthusiasm'' territory but only gets as far as ``Reba'' with the f-word. [2 June 2005, p.47]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 15, 2011
    10
    Awkward, hilarious, and generally brilliant. Lisa Kudrow gives an inspired performance, and the whole ensemble is great. It is a damn shame that HBO cancelled this after its first season. Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2014
    10
    Brilliant, amazing, funny, sad, pathetic, horrible, and nothing like it anywhere, THE COMEBACK is back and just as good as ever. An astounding achievement. Expand