• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 11, 2006

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 26
  2. Negative: 17 out of 26
  1. 38
    I will be rooting for this series to improve, but not watching it.
  2. 37
    Everything about the show seems designed to misuse its stars and erase our memories of the better work they've done.
  3. Viewers who like their comedy broad, loud and silly might take a liking to this "Odd Couple"-like sitcom.
  4. The jokes in "Twenty" are both predictable and telegraphed.
  5. What's particularly appalling is the way Lithgow is allowed to go way, way over the top in his performance.
  6. 20
    "Twenty Good Years" is based on the premise these two comedy warhorses can make just about anything work, but this tired vehicle proves too much -- or rather, too little -- for even them.
  7. If "Twenty" proves anything, it's that even gifted performers can't conceal the flaws of a truly uninspired script, though they can distract from them here and there.
  8. There's nothing inherently wrong with the premise... But what's been done with it, on the evidence of the pilot, is weak, and slightly embarrassing to watch.
  9. If it weren't for [Lithgow's] shameless bellowing, "20 Good Years" would be excruciating, instead of the (very) occasionally amusing hackfest it's turned out to be.
  10. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    It is so ancient - in approach, tone, style and energy - that you can almost see the dust bunnies tumble across the set.
  11. It is a male version of “The Golden Girls,” but with weaker writing, and older viewers are not saps.
  12. 12
    Despite Lithgow and Tambor's capabilities, the series sags badly amid the moldy excesses of generic, over-the-top slapstick.
  13. "Twenty Good Years" is so bad, its pilot doesn't contain 20 good seconds.
  14. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    This is the same kind of odd-couple pairing that TV has been trying to sell for decades, and, like most every odd-couple concept after the actual Odd Couple, the premise has not even Twenty Good Minutes of humor in it.
  15. 10
    This show just isn't funny. At all. Ever. Under any circumstances.
  16. 0
    If you last through 20 minutes of "Twenty Good Years," NBC's new sit-no-com, you are either a saint, a madman or in a tragic and irreversible coma.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. billyb
    Feb 10, 2007
    When watching this show, I just sat there waiting for a punch line that never came.
  2. nilm
    Dec 31, 2006
    Very differend and funny tv show. Must see.
  3. RhondaB
    Nov 26, 2006
    Excellent show - love it. I was enjoying it more w/ each episode.