The Return of Jezebel James : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 14, 2008
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13

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  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 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 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. Expand
  2. KevinG.
    Mar 15, 2008
    9
    Everyone seems unable to allow the sit-com format to grow beyond what it has been. I believe in the sit-com, and I enjoy shows that don't so readily recall other, older shows. I knew while watching The Return of Jezebel James that critics would pick it apart, assume that everything different is simply an unsuccessful attempt to be like everything that came before. They're wrong. Everyone seems unable to allow the sit-com format to grow beyond what it has been. I believe in the sit-com, and I enjoy shows that don't so readily recall other, older shows. I knew while watching The Return of Jezebel James that critics would pick it apart, assume that everything different is simply an unsuccessful attempt to be like everything that came before. They're wrong. I really enjoyed the show; it was moving and funny and quirky. It moved quickly past the obligatory set-ups, and some may see these early (you can see them acting, blah, blah, blah) scenes as rushed or insincere. If you're familiar with the format, fluent in the TV sitcom language, you see that these "obligatories" are not important. Instead, we see highlighted wonderful acting, great moments of emotion, humor and drama, and an unconventional storyline--for the sitcom format, I mean (surrogate motherhood themes don't have to be confined to hour-long dramas). The show works, and clearly has potential to be something a lot of people would want to watch. I hope Fox gives it a chance. Expand
  3. Jay
    Mar 18, 2008
    7
    I was looking forward to see this. BOth Posey and Ambrose fan and needed something new to see and this has the potential to get better and let the tightness loosen. I didn't like the Gilmore Girls (and hate the quick talking) but will give this a few more tries to see if the actresses keep me coming back.
  4. 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 find it again.
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. 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.
  2. Not many women will want to come back after seeing it because the first 30 minutes are a complete and utter mess.
  3. 30
    Even without a death slot on Fridays, this strained story would be a tough sell.