• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2006
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    83
    Finally, a clever new sitcom. [17 Mar 2006, p.108]
  2. 75
    It's a fresh, darkly comic workplace/social life farce peppered with good laughs.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    Yes, "The Loop's" a winner, although let us be the first to admit that the usual attributes associated with "winning" are probably stretched beyond all recognition in this context.
  4. It's funnier than a similar new Fox sitcom, "Free Ride," about a college graduate who moves back in with his parents. Partly that is because "The Loop" has a faster pace and bolder writing.
  5. 63
    Presumably, the actors will settle into their roles and get a better grip on timing and volume. They're over-the-top for material that's already zany.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    60
    If the writing can rise to [Harrison's and Hall's] performances, The Loop could take flight.
  7. You probably can tell that this thing isn't bound for the sitcom hall of fame, but it's a good time.
  8. 60
    It may not have the subtlety or sophisticated wit of "Arrested Development," but it's not supposed to. It's more a combination of "The Office" and "Four Kings" -- with really good music and a distinctive, energetic visual style.
  9. 60
    The Loop's constant jokes about hot bodies and alcoholic excess would doubtless wear thin very quickly if not for a lunatic cast of young unknowns and gifted veteran character actors.
  10. 50
    The show moves along briskly, and it benefits from the lack of a laugh track. But you have to accept the relentless repetition of some flagrantly juvenile jokes to enjoy yourself.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    50
    The Loop is half funny.
  12. A crude comedy filled with frat-boy humor.
  13. 40
    When you watch this show, you can almost hear some big, dumb executive animal saying, "We want a single-camera comedy that's weird and dark and fun, you know, like 'Arrested Development,' except with a young, sexy cast!"
  14. 38
    Seldom has a series expended more energy with less entertaining results.
  15. There are some very funny lines and moments... Unfortunately, the good stuff isn't worth slogging through the rest of this sitcom.
  16. A painfully contrived premise can't be glossed over by pretty faces and pithy dialogue.
  17. "The Loop" is much more failure than success.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    20
    The show basically approximates that commercial where a young guy is working an office job and his dorky friends keep bugging him, as a generic twentysomething dude seeks to prove he can straddle adult obligations and youthful pastimes by partying all night and working all day. Sorry, but been there, drank that.
  19. It's satirical all right, paced roughly like "Arrested Development," but not very funny or believable.
  20. [Episode 2's] Jenna, we learn, has basically been drunk since January, which is probably a pretty good condition for anyone who wants to get real laughs out of The Loop.
  21. 12
    The jokes are dismally unpleasant and vaguely depressing.
  22. Reviewed by: Chip Crews
    10
    The show is particularly misbegotten and -- fatal for a comedy -- not funny at all.
  23. As for "The Loop," well, it's just heinous. True, we've said that before. But it can't be said enough. "The Loop": heinous.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Jun 4, 2012
    9
    Bret Harrison is playing the same character he plays in everything, a nice guy who always has relationship problems and hes good at it. HeBret Harrison is playing the same character he plays in everything, a nice guy who always has relationship problems and hes good at it. He gets into lots of crazy, funny situations trying not to get fired from his job. He has a crazy, funny brother too, and 2 hot chick housemates. Full Review »
  2. JeffA
    Jul 4, 2007
    1
    This show had so much potential after season 1. Well, the changes to the show have made season 2 perhaps the worst television show I have This show had so much potential after season 1. Well, the changes to the show have made season 2 perhaps the worst television show I have ever seen. Why, for the love of god, why? Full Review »
  3. BaduncadonkH
    Jun 24, 2007
    10
    The first season was wobbly, but the second is absolute brilliance. Writing is fantastic; this show deserves to become a hit!