• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 14, 2011
  • Season #: 1

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 11 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 13, 2011
    It's hard to imagine a worse idea than The Paul Reiser Show, creating a new void to replace the void that was Perfect Couples.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 13, 2011
    The show never takes off, and Reiser, best known for "Mad About You," winds up looking like a shoddy replica.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 12, 2011
    The adventures aren't funny, and the friends aren't believable. But the real flaw is Reiser seems to have missed one of the central points that gives Curb its odd, counterintuitive appeal: David's willingness to paint himself in an unwaveringly horrid light.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 11, 2011
    Nothing in the first two of these trite NBC versions makes you want to continue with the others.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Apr 14, 2011
    Reiser, a precise, nimble comic, doesn't have the gut-level energy to bully life into this contraption. It's stalled. [25 Apr 2011, p.46]
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Apr 11, 2011
    It's a measure of how bad this show is that it makes performers as good as Damages' Ben Shenkman and Eastbound & Down's Andrew Daly only slightly less irritating than Reiser himself.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 12, 2011
    [Happy Endings] is a dream compared with the creaky overdose of Aleve that comes with The Paul Reiser Show.
  8. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Apr 14, 2011
    The episodes sent to critics relied on so many middle-aged-buddies tropes (the competitiveness, the family obligations, the sudden drop-ins) that watching was just a chore.
  9. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Apr 12, 2011
    The only funny moments came from Omid Djalili, who plays a sub-dollar-store merchant and cat-tracking hobbyist.
  10. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Apr 14, 2011
    The Paul Reiser Show is stale and dated.
  11. Reviewed by: Kris King
    Apr 12, 2011
    The central failing point is that the comedy feels strained and lacks the fluid mania that makes Curb Your Enthusiasm so successful.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Apr 18, 2011
    It's interesting that Larry David appears in episode one since the comparisons are unavoidable. I've never been a big Paul Reiser fan (I'm one of the few people who could take or leave "Mad About You"). I'm also upset that the hilarious Perfect Couples appears to have been elbowed out by this show but I like the premise of getting an inside look at the lives of comedians. I'd say it deserves a second viewing. Full Review »
  2. JBM
    Apr 17, 2011
    The critic reviews of this are completely out of touch. The show was interesting and the characters funny and full of potential for development. The cast of "buddies" were all clearly drawn and likable and the plot twists had excellent comic delivery. Sure, Seinfeld it is not but it is far better than 80% of the freshmen comedies being put on the air right now. The Paul Reiser Show should be given plenty of time to develop an audience. It deserves it. Full Review »
  3. Apr 15, 2011
    The Paul Reiser Show is a complete and utter piece of crap. NBC should bring back the far superior Perfect Couples or maybe even Kath and Kim. Or better yet they should bring back both and get rid of Outsourced too. But whatever they do, they need to get rid of the crap that is The Paul Reiser Show. Full Review »