The McCarthys : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 30, 2014
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Jethro Nededog
    Oct 30, 2014
    80
    CBS's new comedy The McCarthys is well written and terrifically cast. Star Tyler Ritter is effortless in his delivery and grounds the comedy that can take family bonding to extremes.
  2. Reviewed by: Lanford Beard
    Oct 27, 2014
    75
    On this sitcom about a basketball-obsessed Boston clan, Laurie Metcalf stands out as matriarch Marjorie.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 30, 2014
    70
    The characters are more affectionate than antagonistic. They are dim, but mostly not dumb, countering what we have come to expect from portrayals of the middle- or working-class people of Boston.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 28, 2014
    67
    Whatever its traditional trappings, The McCarthys is buoyed by Metcalf’s always solid work and Ritter’s boyish appeal amid a capable, energetic ensemble. Some of the lines are amusing and even the clinkers don’t land too hard.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 28, 2014
    67
    The McCarthys--good-natured, old-fashioned, unchallenging--isn't a bad sitcom, just an obvious one.
  6. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Sep 15, 2014
    67
    I want to like the show, but it’s going to be difficult.
  7. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 29, 2014
    63
    The pilot has a few funny moments, mostly courtesy of Metcalf. Ronny’s siblings come off less like real people and more like caricatures.
  8. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 30, 2014
    60
    That the show itself feels like a bit of a throwback doesn't have to be a bad thing: It's a throwback to a time when millions more people watched shows like this.
  9. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 29, 2014
    60
    Sitcoms have succeeded on less, and while The McCarthys won’t dazzle anyone with spectacular dunks, it’s counting on the fundamentals being enough.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 28, 2014
    58
    The pilot (the only episode I've seen, despite the very late premiere) is ultimately painless.
  11. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Oct 30, 2014
    50
    A loud, old-school comedy with Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") as mom Marjorie and Tyler Ritter (look-alike younger son of the late John Ritter) as gay son Ronny.
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 30, 2014
    50
    The family's affectionately teasing acceptance of Ronny's sexual orientation almost makes up for the fact that everyone seems to take too much to heart brother Gerard's philosophy of how to get things done: "Volume and repetition."
  13. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 29, 2014
    50
    Mr. Ritter sells the character pretty well.... The other McCarthys are also all familiar archetypes, which makes this show another in what seems to be a trend of comfort-food comedies: witty without being ambitious; safe rather than scalding.
  14. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 29, 2014
    50
    When the show is focused on Mr. Ritter and Ms. Metcalf, The McCarthys rises above the usual sitcom slop that it feels like whenever the other characters get screen time.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 29, 2014
    50
    If you don't see where this is headed, you've never seen a sitcom before. Everyone else will get there long before the show does, because everyone else has already been there.
  16. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 27, 2014
    50
    The show is moderately entertaining, but the cast in general bumps things up a notch, and Metcalfe bumps them up several more.
  17. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 30, 2014
    50
    It'll likely be a typical CBS sitcom going forward: full of broad characters and predictable moments but reasonably amusing and well made.
  18. 40
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  19. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 29, 2014
    40
    The central mother-son dynamic and its moments of warmth can’t overcome the weariness that permeates the rest of the show and cast.
  20. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 29, 2014
    30
    CBS's The McCarthys manages to be unfunny, dated and stereotypical all in under a half-hour.
  21. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 19, 2014
    25
    Like too many sitcom-makers these days, creator Brian Gallivan bases this quickly forgettable series on his upbringing as the athletics-averse gay sibling in a Boston household full of loudmouthed sports nuts.
  22. Reviewed by: Chris E. Hayner
    Oct 30, 2014
    10
    At the end of the day, The McCarthys feels like an incredibly dated concept done incorrectly. If it's not the worst new comedy of the fall, it's certainly giving the others a run for their money.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 31, 2014
    10
    This pilot was not only funny, but shows a lot of promise; something that most pilots combine. I was laughing non-stop, and the family has aThis pilot was not only funny, but shows a lot of promise; something that most pilots combine. I was laughing non-stop, and the family has a great chemistry that is not easy to produce! Two thumbs up! Full Review »
  2. Nov 7, 2014
    10
    I've only watched the first episode but I have to say right on! This one knocks it clear out of the park. It's well written and funny andI've only watched the first episode but I have to say right on! This one knocks it clear out of the park. It's well written and funny and witty and both Ritter and Metcalf are terrific. And so Boston! Love it! This show will stick. Full Review »
  3. Dec 7, 2014
    9
    This show is turning out to be quite good. The first couple of episodes were on less than solid ground, quality-wise.

    But the show has
    This show is turning out to be quite good. The first couple of episodes were on less than solid ground, quality-wise.

    But the show has been rallying to excellence with the past two or three episodes. I'm happy to have hung in there....

    I was turned off by the summertime pre-season promotions about a ~Boston sports-oriented family~.

    The show is not about that at all.

    It *is* about the intra-relations of a family, and the love among those family members. Yah, sports is a secondary theme.

    The writing is up to the task, and the cast seems to have that spark that makes for a successful comedy ensemble. They truly seem to have fun working together.

    I like this show.
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