• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 11, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 14 out of 21
  1. Yes, it's "Married ... With Children" all over again, except that it's not played as broadly, or as successfully.
  2. Would be revolutionary -- if the year was 1980.
  3. 10
    Has absolutely nothing going for it.
  4. 38
    You can think of it as Titus with kids added and talent removed.
  5. If "The War at Home" spent more time on good jokes instead of recycling every gimmick ever seen on TV, it might merely be mediocre, but it's worse.
  6. 25
    The only good thing is Anita Barone. [19 Sep 2005, p.48]
  7. 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.
  8. Not all the jokes are funny, but the characters are winningly unlovable.
  9. 10
    The network thinks this is razor's-edge television because the characters turn to address the audience during cut-ins. But all the bellowing is straight from The Honeymooners, the jokes from Mandingo and the dialogue... from about sixth grade.
  10. 0
    The problem is not just that it's crude and gross, but that its crudeness and grossness are so pathetically forced and contrived.
  11. You may also laugh at some of these jokes, because Michael Rapaport, who plays Daddy Dave, delivers them with such bravado.
  12. 20
    A coarse, exceedingly obnoxious show.
  13. There’s nothing especially novel on “The War at Home,” except the way the familiar elements -- punch lines, fantasy sequences, sassy kids, talk-to-the-camera confessionals, bleeped profanity -- come together.
  14. If this is America, I want out.
  15. It's one limp comedy that pretends to be frank and daring about race, gender, and sexual orientation--and instead is glib, tired, and slippery. [11 Nov 2005, p.59]
  16. What this show does prove is that you can be racy and still somehow tediously tame.
  17. The result is a show that tilts toward the familiar except for the man in the middle of it. Rapaport... is a fresh choice as a man-boy whose wife and kids dance circles around him.
  18. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    An uninspired collection of cliches, sex jokes and uninvolving characters.
  19. 50
    "War" is sometimes funny.
  20. 10
    A template of clichés the writers don't even bother to fill in.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 63
  2. Negative: 42 out of 63
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. DanielH
    Feb 2, 2010
    Whoever likes a shallow sitcom will probably be satisfied with this show.