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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 30, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Summary: The English comedienne returns to cable television in a sketch-comedy series with Ullman impersonating famous political figures and celebrities.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Vulgar and brazenly racy, it's unlike anything else on TV.
  2. The fantastic Ms. Ullman is as funny as ever, depicting a new slew of characters in sketches that mock the way we are.
  3. The episodes, each supposedly one day in the life of America, should leave viewers squirming, not just with laughter at the failings they portray, but with anticipation that Ullman and Showtime will hurry up and make some more.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    A sharp if uneven Whitmanian sampler.
  5. Reviewed by: Clark Collins
    Many of the sketches are not funny per se--but some are not meant to be. [28 Mar 2008, p.63]
  6. Which isn’t to say that State of the Union is merely wicked fun, mean games, and goofy looks. Ullman’s America needs work.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    We know Ullman has range. What this Union needs is focus.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. KimR
    May 28, 2010
    Best show ever!!!
  2. HerbC.
    Apr 11, 2008
    It's great! Unlike anything out there! And looks like a movie.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Apr 21, 2008
    I just do not find it at all funny....a laugh or two at best.,but I liked her old show characters much better. This show is flat.
  4. TheVegan
    Apr 4, 2008
    The fact that Tracy can do characters doesn't make up for the fact that the show is uninteresting. I think, if Men on Film (from In Living Color) had their say, they would say it say it best: "HATED IT!". Expand
  5. AlP.
    Apr 11, 2008
    I wanted to like it, watched first two weeks. This show needs to be put out of it's misery.
  6. allysont
    Apr 14, 2009
    Not funny, mean spirited, and boring. I was very surprised, I wanted to like it.
  7. Apr 2, 2013
    This show is what happens when a mediocre comedian with old jokes and terrible 'characters' that she can barely play right gets her own show. Stereotypical behavior, voices, and dialects are cheap laughs and she can't even get those. It's like when I'm with my friends and something is really funny in the moment but when we think about it later we realize how stupid and unfunny it was. She doesn't have that filter, nor does she have a genuine humorous thought throughout this entire show. Expand

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