• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 14, 2008
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. 10
    The show is a full-fledged Fox flop.
  2. 30
    Sadly, although Jezebel is packed with Sherman-Palladino’s trademark snappy banter, it’s a cold, brittle misfire.
  3. Sherman-Palladino forces the sisters on each other out of an almost crippling sense of joint self-interest that's as painful as it is illogical.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 25
    Even rousing viewers to stay awake would be a big accomplishment.
  8. It's a very special, frustrating kind of bad, one with the power to actually change history.
  9. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    10
    Our mouths may be open, but more likely agape than laughing.
  10. 20
    Despite the cast, Jezebel James is not a momentous arrival.
  11. Potential pours from the screen, but the premiere has plenty of problems. People seem to be uncomfortable and trying too hard, just as they do on their first day in school or on the job.
  12. Miscast and only intermittently funny, Jezebel James misfires on all cylinders.
  13. Reviewed by: Marisa Carroll
    50
    This is dicey subject matter (especially for those viewers who have struggled to become pregnant or know someone who has), and at times the tone seems blasé, even offensive.
  14. Not many women will want to come back after seeing it because the first 30 minutes are a complete and utter mess.
  15. Somewhere, things went very wrong, and the comedy turns out to be a flat, unappealing mess.
  16. Plaudits to Ambrose for her effort to bring some honesty to her scenes, but it isn't enough to keep the show from imploding.
  17. Everything about Jezebel feels too broad.
  18. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    30
    It's a weird, tone-deaf mismatch of talents, styles and genre.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    30
    Even without a death slot on Fridays, this strained story would be a tough sell.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    40
    There is too little Ambrose/Posey interaction in the pilot, but in the second episode--when Coco moves in and the two start haggling over the surrogacy contract--Sherman-Palladino's knack for chick dialogue shows some of its old promise.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. SeanF.
    Nov 22, 2008
    9
    I'm going to have to really strongly disagree with the critics on this one. I didn't even hear about this show when it was on. But I'm going to have to really strongly disagree with the critics on this one. I didn't even hear about this show when it was on. But a very good program. Parker Posey, Lauren Ambrose, and Amy Sherman-Palladino all teaming up for a sit-com (in a tired genre, and I thought this show took a unique approach to it). With all the tripe and garbage that clouds the airwaves, I can't believe this program was canceled. Then again how many brilliant and insightful shows over the years have been nearly immediately canceled. I saw some similarity to the Gilmore Girls (mainly that I thought Parker Posey was similar to Lauren Graham's character), but this show is also very different and seems to be aimed at an older demographic. Amy Sherman-Palladino is a genius, so I assume she'll be back sooner than later, with another brilliant program. Shame on Fox and the critics for this not still being on the air. I can't believe this show was promoted correctly, or stayed with long enough by the Fox Network. Full Review »
  2. AmandaE.
    Apr 23, 2008
    10
    Absolutely loved this show... just cant seem to find it on again. The premier was a bit shaky, but i think it will all be great, if i could Absolutely loved this show... just cant seem to find it on again. The premier was a bit shaky, but i think it will all be great, if i could find it again. Full Review »
  3. BrandonS.
    Mar 25, 2008
    0
    Canceled already! Thank God.