• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 3, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 80
    The show’s ensemble cast is rock-solid, and makes you instantly root for this goofball gang.
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    80
    The show is filled with Lettermanesque non sequiturs and '70s pop-culture arcana... but it has heart too.
  3. 80
    "The Knights of Prosperity" is knee-slappingly and side-splittingly funny stuff, or as close to that as TV gets these days.
  4. 80
    To embrace "Knights," you have to have a taste for the kind of comedy that teases because it loves.
  5. It bursts with humor thanks to a solid cast, smart writing and a quick pace.
  6. You will regret tuning in even a minute late for the premiere.
  7. The best new comedy of the season.
  8. "The Knights of Prosperity" has delivered this season where so many new shows have failed: It introduces a serialized story line with characters and a plot that are different and likable enough to warrant a return visit.
  9. 75
    While every single actor is perfect and perfectly funny in his role, every time Richardson opens his mouth, I nearly spit my Weight Watchers fat-free snack food all over my desk. The guy is brilliant.
  10. It has a goofy charm and outsize ridiculousness that wins you over -- even if you'd prefer more snark.
  11. 75
    Of the large, nicely peppered cast, I especially like Vergara, who has some of the vamping yumminess of a Catherine Zeta-Jones. [8 Jan 2007, p.35]
  12. 75
    As in many filmed comedies, at times Knights seems content to substitute movement and scenery for comedy, but the brighter moments compensate for those times when the show goes slack.
  13. 70
    Its raffish ethnic and class humor takes no prisoners.
  14. The break-in may never take place, but the characters are appealing, and the writing is spirited enough to carry the sitcom at least for a while.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    You'll root for these inept amateurs, but sustaining this premise won't be easy.
  16. There's plenty of that low-key humor that characterized Ed, and the show can be hilarious when the crew gets involved in Keystone Kops capers, but it drags in the middle ground.
  17. "Knights" is without question the funniest comedy ABC has on its roster. But look at the network's other options, and you'll understand that's not what you'd call a hard-won honor.
  18. One of the better -- if stranger -- comedy debuts the networks have put out this year.
  19. It's a cute show, but the premise is so paper-thin you have to wonder how the writers will sustain "Knights" for a full season, let alone many years, if successful.
  20. It was [creators Burnett and Beckerman's] style on "Ed" to be too cutesy by half, and so here
  21. 50
    Unfortunately, there's an excess of kooky cuteness here.
  22. Their efforts to better their lives through grand larceny feel forced, not to mention doomed.
  23. 50
    Despite the presence of a capable cast of bumbling Robin Hood wanna-bes... "The Knights of Prosperity" quickly devolves into tepid, overwrought whimsy and struggles to sustain its premise.
  24. 40
    These characters operate with unrelenting silliness. Only the Marx Brothers, in their prime, could have pulled off this caper.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    [Knights] has its moments in a "Honeymooners" sort of way but, especially after viewing the second episode, feels destined to run out of gas long before its central sextet gets any satisfaction.
  26. 38
    Yes, another comedy starts out with mild promise and quickly tanks.
  27. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    30
    A sweet, gentle, good-natured trifle that is (nonetheless) surprisingly airless and only rarely funny, if that.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. HeatherC.
    Aug 14, 2007
    10
    This is a very funny show. The comedic timing of all the wonderful actors and actress is impeccable.The characters on the show are terrific and the actors who play them have such good chemistry, I love the way their personalitities work so well with one another. And Ithe plot is so uniquely hilarious. Full Review »
  2. marjoriem
    Mar 25, 2007
    10
    very funny, which is refreshing these days! i love the concept, and donal logue is great. i'm hoping they give it a chance
  3. malg
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    This show cannot be cancelled. Knights of Properity is the best written comedy show on today. To have it replaced with drivel (e.g. According to Jim) just does not make sense. Who's idea was it to go against American Idol...that thing is a monster, nothing can beat it...for now. Please bring this show back, this show is definitely a Friday show...the one comedy show that assumed that its audience had an I.Q. higher than 80 is now gone. Bring it back ABC! Full Review »