The Marriage Ref : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 28, 2010
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11

Critic Reviews

  1. This show, too, is funny, despite a cheesy game show premise.
  2. 70
    Yes, Tom Papa's affectations can be a little much sometimes. Yes, they should turn down the microphone when everyone is laughing. Yes, they should lose the dorky bit where Natalie Morales from NBC News sits in front of a computer and looks up information online. But the rest? Married people, angry at each other? Celebrities, making fun of each other? Chicken cutlets? I'm in.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    The resulting half-hour offered a breezy, inexpensive approach to comedy that brought to mind the panel shows of yesteryear.
  4. So, it's inoffensive stuff. You won't learn much, but you'll get a few laughs, and while we tend to expect a bit more depth out of Seinfeld, there's far worse out there.
  5. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    50
    The scale is wrong. This is an overelaborate piffle, a crate-size bon-bon. The best thinge is Papa.
  6. Sunday night I mostly felt I was watching funny people being less funny than they are in their day jobs. What should have appeared spontaneous came off, even when it clearly was spontaneous, as worked-over, the fun seemed insisted upon.
  7. 30
    The Jerry Seinfeld-produced reality show may just slide backward into the ditch and push NBC farther down into the hole....It was an underwhelming, contrived product that didn’t bode well for the hourlong version of the series.
  8. 30
    Even The Marriage Ref audience is guffawing in a way that sounds fake. Some think Seinfeld can do no wrong, but what he's created here is anachronistic, flat and even mean-spirited.
  9. Painful, pointless, obnoxious... I would almost rather have The Jay Leno Show back.
  10. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    20
    The most God-awful mishmash of a comedy-variety show to lead into local news on NBC since immediately before the Olympics.
  11. 10
    This show doesn't deserve a spot in daytime syndication, let alone a key position in prime time. I am serious, there were better game shows on in the 1950s when budgets were miniscule, technology was primitive and few producers yet knew how to use the medium of television.
User Score
3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 12, 2011
    9
    I am so surprized that this show recieved such negitive feedback! I thought it was such a fresh idea. The panel has great stars. The couplesI am so surprized that this show recieved such negitive feedback! I thought it was such a fresh idea. The panel has great stars. The couples and thier problems are hillarious, and the host is funny. I love the concept. Its true enough that every relationship needs a ref from time to time. The irony that celebrities get to judge non celebs marriages for a change is brilliant. Myself and quite a few people I know will be tuning in next season Full Review »