• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 7, 2007
  • Season #: 1

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 25
  2. Negative: 15 out of 25
  1. 70
    The overall effect is pleasing, light, cheerful.
  2. 60
    The madcap action turns repetitive in the premiere.
  3. [A] cute wisp of a series.
  4. The pilot looks dangerously flawed and seriously underwhelming.
  5. 50
    As annoying as Kelley can be, I can't really think of a better writer to take on an even soapier, wedding-themed version of "Grey's Anatomy," which is about where this one lands, tonally.
  6. 50
    There are moments of dizzy, semisweet fun to be had on the premiere. But the honeymoon could be short.
  7. The show’s not awful, but not Robert Altman, either.
  8. Only two members of the core cast appear even slightly interesting.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Even with an attractive cast and tart moments, the whole remains less than the sum of its parts.
  10. 38
    An anemic, unfunny romantic comedy.
  11. Even the best home run hitters can swing and miss badly, though - and on "The Wedding Bells," all of them do.
  12. 37
    Unfortunately, the comedy is Kelley at his most forced and artificial.
  13. Mr. Kelley is a gifted television producer, and “The Wedding Bells” has funny moments, but this series is not a labor of love. It’s a labored effort to simulate romance.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    All together now: "I don't!"
  15. "Bells" needs to be about more than pacifying that week's psycho bride (or her demanding mother), or it risks being an updated version of "The Love Boat."
  16. It abandons all of Kelley's strengths, like the legal setting and male bonding, and drowns itself in his weaknesses: women discussing their feelings, women flirting with men, women acting body-conscious... basically, anything involving the female gender.
  17. 20
    I wouldn’t rush to clear space on the old DVR for this muddled marital mess.
  18. 20
    Somebody on The Wedding Bells is always saying ''We need to talk about it,'' to which the reply is invariably something like "I'm not big on dating men I've slept with.''
  19. This is the skin of a David E. Kelley show with none of the usual muscle, brains, spirit or cheek behind it.
  20. 20
    A painfully lightweight collection of stock comic wedding situations... that Kelley could have written on his PDA at the gym.
  21. A familiar mishmash of David Kelley formulaic elements.
  22. Wedding Bells' pilot concludes with a bride literally catching fire, a suitably ugly ending for a truly grotesque show.
  23. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    It is awful. It is truly awful. It is awful in ways that make the word "awful" seem inadequate.

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