The Comeback : Season 1

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 5, 2005
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 16, 2014
    60
    Clever, if familiar. [2 June 2005, p.8]
  2. 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.
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Paul Brownfield
    Mar 15, 2014
    50
    The comedy equivalent of low-hanging fruit. [3 June 2005, p.E1]
  4. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 14, 2014
    50
    Good for Kudrow for taking on something so different. You can't accuse her of trading on her Friends familiarity. You can, however, wish that The Comeback, for all the merits of its premise, was more enjoyable to watch. [3 June 2005, p.10]
  5. 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.
  6. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Mar 14, 2014
    42
    Kudrow says she isn't a reality-TV fan and the humiliation of its participants, yet she plays her part as victim. So when she gets sucker-punched, we get sucker-punched. What's so funny about that? [4 June 2005, p.10]
  7. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 16, 2014
    40
    It's one thing to laugh at characters on TV shows who behave foolishly, who deserve to be mocked. Valerie's crimes for the sake of comedy are nothing more than aging with an undiminished Hollywood ego. It's a little funny at first, but it quickly turns sad, something you want to look away from, not laugh about. [2 June 2005, p.WE-37]
  8. 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.
  9. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Mar 16, 2014
    40
    A reality/sitcom hybrid. How revolutionary. [3 June 2005, p.E1]
  10. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Chuck Barney
    Mar 13, 2014
    40
    1) It's not all that funny, which could be a problem considering it's supposed to be a comedy, and 2) It continues a rather arrogant presumption on the part of show-biz types that we're all ceaselessly interested in the inner workings of their industry. [4 June 2005, p.C01]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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 astoundingBrilliant, amazing, funny, sad, pathetic, horrible, and nothing like it anywhere, THE COMEBACK is back and just as good as ever. An astounding achievement. Full Review »
  2. 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 shameAwkward, 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. Full Review »