• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 14, 2008
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 17 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Jezebel James might have fared better shaped into an hourlong dramedy, instead of being shoehorned into a lightly serialized sitcom format that plays poorly to her strengths as a writer.
  2. Everything feels forced, right down to the dialogue, wherein the characters all talk the way writers write when they're stretching to set up a joke.
  3. Miscast and only intermittently funny, Jezebel James misfires on all cylinders.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    30
    Even without a death slot on Fridays, this strained story would be a tough sell.
  5. 10
    The show is a full-fledged Fox flop.
  6. 25
    Even if the performances were better and the scripts were funnier, Jezebel would still be saddled with one of the most preposterous, off-putting setups in sitcom history.
  7. Not many women will want to come back after seeing it because the first 30 minutes are a complete and utter mess.
  8. 30
    Sadly, although Jezebel is packed with Sherman-Palladino’s trademark snappy banter, it’s a cold, brittle misfire.
  9. 25
    Even rousing viewers to stay awake would be a big accomplishment.
  10. It's a very special, frustrating kind of bad, one with the power to actually change history.
  11. 10
    As for the lack of laughs, you're just going to have to take my word for it, unless you want to risk serious brain damage.
  12. All evidence to the contrary, the show has the potential of being very funny, but only if the writers can choose subtlety over shtick even a quarter of the time.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    30
    It's a weird, tone-deaf mismatch of talents, styles and genre.
  14. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    10
    Our mouths may be open, but more likely agape than laughing.
  15. 20
    Despite the cast, Jezebel James is not a momentous arrival.
  16. Somewhere, things went very wrong, and the comedy turns out to be a flat, unappealing mess.
  17. Everything about Jezebel feels too broad.

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