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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 11, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

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  • Starring: Michael Rapaport, Kyle Sullivan, Dean Collins
  • Summary: Fox's sitcom, compared--unfavorably--to "Married... With Children" and "All In The Family" (presumably for its crudeness), follows two parents and their daily battles against their teenage children to keep their home, their children, and themselves in order.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 14 out of 21
  1. Not all the jokes are funny, but the characters are winningly unlovable.
  2. You may also laugh at some of these jokes, because Michael Rapaport, who plays Daddy Dave, delivers them with such bravado.
  3. 50
    While the cast is quite good, and they even manage to rip a laugh or two out of the material, it's not enough to sustain a whole show.
  4. 20
    A coarse, exceedingly obnoxious show.
  5. Yes, it's "Married ... With Children" all over again, except that it's not played as broadly, or as successfully.
  6. 10
    A template of clich├ęs the writers don't even bother to fill in.
  7. 0
    The problem is not just that it's crude and gross, but that its crudeness and grossness are so pathetically forced and contrived.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 63
  2. Negative: 42 out of 63
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    This is the best show i have ever seen. I don't understand you guys :| . From now on i will never rely on metacritic for anything. This isn't right. Do not listen to other reviewers ..This show was my favorite..ever.! Funny as hell. Expand
  2. Feb 12, 2012
    I do not think this show was as bad as users and critics make it out to be. Originally, I generally disliked 'War' because I felt Arrested Development was the better of the two sitcoms. The fact that War took over Arrested's Sunday night time slot made me angry. I think that is the reason why there is so much hostility towards The War at Home: the derivative and unoriginal sitcom had taken over the Emmy Award winning Arrested Development's coveted spot. But upon watching The War at Home on DVD it did have its funny moments. There was good comedy chemistry between Michael Rappaport and Anita Barone. Kyle Sullivan was funny as Larry, especially the episode of him playing the lead role in 'Annie Get Your Gun' and when he punched his dad out and bloodied his nose and then proceeded to cry and run away like a little girl. That was hilarious! Yes, parts of the show was offensive but, from my observation, in order to be hilarious you gotta offend people and step on toes and 'War' is hilariously offensive. Expand

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