• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 26, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    A fun show, but where, oh where is all this heading?
  2. Mainly, underneath the sitcom setups and witty banter, this show moves to the pulse of the ad game. The mystique and power of raw ideas push this story as surely as they push the characters of "Mad Men."
  3. Trust Me, a TNT series set in a Chicago advertising agency, is clever and likeable.
  4. The first pair of episodes augur a breezily entertaining addition to the TNT stable of dramatic originals.
  5. Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, who created Trust Me (and have been writers on “The Closer") are former admen themselves; they chose the milieu to explore the creative process among a group of people with a collective-neuroses score high enough to maintain a smart and breezy comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Trust Me is a neat spin on this ancient tradition--and in fact, I shall grandly state that it is, in both its lovable and off-putting elements, a workplace drama for our time.
  7. Everything happens quickly -- scenes, cameos, comments and quips fly by. But nothing is throwaway or stupid, and in the midst of laughter, the emotion, when it comes, feels real. That's good acting. It also happens only when writers respect their audience.
  8. Right out of the gate, the series is surprisingly solid. What it ultimately becomes bears watching.
  9. 70
    No, it's not "quality cable TV" or Top 10 list material, and it's marred by lapses into character cutesiness. But still, I liked it. It's likable.
  10. 63
    As it is, Trust Me, which perks along energetically but lacks emotional heft, may be one of those shows that stacks up on my TiVo, along with other shows I don’t get around to viewing.
  11. 60
    The show is a modern Mad Men, but without the mystery or the allure. Trust Me all too often feels like going to work.
  12. For fans of "Mad Men," Trust Me offers a modern, more recognizable ad agency world but the tone of TNT's series is completely different. It is not "Mad Men: The Next Generation," not by a long shot. And the show's quality lags leaps and bounds behind.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    This is an hour-long drama trying to cross Mad Men with Aaron Sorkin-style walk-and-talk dialogue. It’s a clever concept that curdles with cutesy self-consciousness.
  14. 50
    The series isn't bad. It just isn't all that good.
  15. 50
    "Mad Men" is the genre's gold standard, and the inevitable thematic comparisons just accentuates Trust Me's flaws, making the show seem even more dispensable.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    While it's nice to see McCormack and Cavanagh back in episodic form, their similarities diminish their interplay, inasmuch as it's not a reach to envision both in either role. Everyone else pretty much falls into predictable archetypes, from the nerdy young creative team to Griffin Dunne as the constantly frazzled boss.
  17. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    Though it features dialogue delivered rapid-fire like the best David Mamet plays, the show isn't quite sure what it wants to be.
  18. 50
    Cavanagh and McCormack bring what you know they will--an effective mix of fast talk and easy delivery to pitch the partners’ situations, which range from silly to predictable.
  19. Reviewed by: Len Sousa
    The series is set in a world that praises the lie, and if the creators can mine that vein for inspiration and avoid falling for the conventional TV drama traps, they could have a better show to sell to their advertisers.
  20. 30
    Trust Me shares another characteristic of those series("Nip/Tuck" and "Mad Men": dumb, numbing soullessness. It has the emotional intricacy of a Ritz cracker.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. SteveW
    Mar 17, 2009
    Show is incredible. Its an amazing show and keeps you on your feet. Addicted!
  2. mathewi
    Mar 16, 2009
    Great show both leads have great chemistry and are brilliant together.
  3. GaryA
    Mar 2, 2009
    Best show on TNT. A nice break from all the Cop drama. Better than Mad Men IMHO.