Trophy Wife : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2013
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 23, 2013
    83
    Akerman has to be everything. Good thing she's a nimble actress.... Whitford is always winning, and even the poor exes find wiggle room inside their cliches.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Sep 23, 2013
    83
    In its pilot form, at least, Trophy Wife is surprisingly self-assured and confident, the sort of show that seems ready to hit its stride in just a week or two.
  3. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    Trophy Wife is charming and buoyant, and it has fun with tasks that feel like homework on many other new shows: It creates specific characters, establishes a consistent tone and sets up a host of relationships that are full of potential.
  4. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    Trophy Wife is nominally about a marriage, but if its very polished and sure-handed pilot is any indication, it is just as focused on Kate’s dynamic with Pete’s ex-wives.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    A pilot that was better than it sounded on paper (though I'm not sure there isn't more funny chemistry between Marcia Gay Harden--who plays Wife No. 1--and Akerman than there is between Whitford and Akerman).
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    The charming pilot swerves quickly from the expected Bravo-reality-show-catfight scenario and becomes something more complicated and rewarding: a good-hearted comedy about an extended family (including Pete’s two ex-wives) figuring out how to make itself work on the fly.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 23, 2013
    80
    Akerman has wit and style, and so does the show.
  8. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Sep 26, 2013
    75
    The unfortunate title is a disservice to this show's main character.... Luckily, the second episode makes Kate sympathetic, as she tries (and fails) to put her stepson (Albert Tsai) to bed. Akerman has nice, playful chemistry with Tsai, who shows good comic timing even though he's only 9.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 23, 2013
    75
    While Trophy Wife is an often-amusing comedy, it doesn't entirely work as a family comedy, because it has yet to convince us that these people could ever be part of the same family.
  10. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2013
    75
    Trophy Wife is the only new sitcom [this fall] that clears the double hurdles of cast chemistry and story pacing in the pilot episode.
  11. 70
    Buried beneath the frenzied, too-eager-to-please surface is a comedy that, at its best, evokes the colorful bustle of Malcolm in the Middle and the worn-down wisdom of Men of a Certain Age. There's life in it.
  12. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 24, 2013
    70
    Akerman is perfect for the role.... Whitford is low-key and wry, and Harden makes a great heavy. She uses her silky voice and her stiff posture to torment Kate, making even stock material fly.
  13. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 24, 2013
    70
    Grounded in parental reality, it's funny and promises to be funnier. The characters, though presented in very broad strokes, have lots of room for shading.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 24, 2013
    70
    The pilot is enjoyable, but it's hard to know where it's heading.
  15. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 11, 2013
    70
    Executive producers Haskins and Emily Halpern are sharp and the lines are funny and maybe, just maybe, there’s a show here.
  16. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 24, 2013
    67
    I don't love the pilot, but the raw material's there for a very good comedy.
  17. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 23, 2013
    67
    It’s not nearly in [Modern Family's] league, though--at least not now and likely not ever. Still, Akerman is reason enough to buy in for at least a few episodes.
  18. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 19, 2013
    63
    Trophy Wife is no prize--the pilot is swamped with exposition recited in the girlishly thin voice of star Malin Akerman--yet there's enough of a comedic brain and cast at work here that some additional polishing might do the trick. [30 Sep 2013, p.49]
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jun 3, 2014
    10
    Easily the funniest new comedy on TV this season, which explains how bummed I was when ABC opted not to renew it. Malin Akerman is such anEasily the funniest new comedy on TV this season, which explains how bummed I was when ABC opted not to renew it. Malin Akerman is such an adorable actress and the whole cast just works really well. I think the show works so well for me because it kind of resonates with Modern Family and the senior show has not been as funny as it used to be in earlier seasons. I hope ABC or other networks or if necessary Netflix/Hulu come to their senses and revive this stunning work! Full Review »
  2. Jan 2, 2014
    9
    Trophy Wife truly deserves a trophy. People compare this show with Modern Family a lot, but I think this show has a better and stronger startTrophy Wife truly deserves a trophy. People compare this show with Modern Family a lot, but I think this show has a better and stronger start than Modern Family. It shows a whole new concept of what families can be in this modern day and the jokes are not that bad. Classic humor with a modern twist. Full Review »
  3. Oct 27, 2013
    6
    Not particularly impressed so far. The show is slowly getting better with each passing episode, but I can't help but feel like there areNot particularly impressed so far. The show is slowly getting better with each passing episode, but I can't help but feel like there are better shows out there to watch. It's got some decent jokes and the younger actors are nice, but the a lot of the adult characters are just cliches that have been done to death in other sitcoms. Overall there are a lot of worse shows out there right now, but there are also of better shows out there right now. "Trophy Wife" is watchable, but not great. Full Review »