• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 7, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 25
  2. Negative: 15 out of 25
  1. 20
    I wouldn’t rush to clear space on the old DVR for this muddled marital mess.
  2. 38
    An anemic, unfunny romantic comedy.
  3. Even the best home run hitters can swing and miss badly, though - and on "The Wedding Bells," all of them do.
  4. Wedding Bells' pilot concludes with a bride literally catching fire, a suitably ugly ending for a truly grotesque show.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    30
    All together now: "I don't!"
  7. "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."
  8. 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.
  9. 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.''
  10. This is the skin of a David E. Kelley show with none of the usual muscle, brains, spirit or cheek behind it.
  11. 20
    A painfully lightweight collection of stock comic wedding situations... that Kelley could have written on his PDA at the gym.
  12. A familiar mishmash of David Kelley formulaic elements.
  13. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    0
    It is awful. It is truly awful. It is awful in ways that make the word "awful" seem inadequate.
  14. 37
    Unfortunately, the comedy is Kelley at his most forced and artificial.

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