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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Painful, pointless, obnoxious... I would almost rather have The Jay Leno Show back.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 »