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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 5, 2005
  • Season #: 1
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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: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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