Twenty Good Years : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 11, 2006
Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 26
  2. Negative: 17 out of 26

Critic Reviews

  1. The pilot for "Twenty Good Years" has some genuinely funny moments even as it makes no apparent effort to reinvent the form.
  2. 60
    The laughs generated are not subtle, but at least they're there.
  3. The writing could be sharper, the vision less soft-headed.... That aside, there's no mistaking the sense of life and vitality that comes bouncing out of this series, or its cause -- namely, its two stars.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Even if the material is a trifle slight, pairing of John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor brightens matters, serving up smiles if not outright guffaws.
  5. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    50
    So far, it's of interest only for watching Lithgow--who likes to shout his lines with quivering urgency, as if he'd just seen a UFO--as he goes over the top to get a laugh. [16 Oct 2006, p.39]
  6. Without these two, 20 Good Years would be 22 bad minutes of television, but they bring so much skill to their roles, and seem to be having so much fun, you can see the comedy running, if not for 20 years, maybe four or five.
  7. A perfectly serviceable but utterly forgettable sitcom.
  8. "Twenty Good Years" is not flat-out awful. It's nowhere close to great, either.
  9. 40
    This show is for people who find Lithgow's shameless shtick uproarious.
User Score
5.9

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
    0
    When watching this show, I just sat there waiting for a punch line that never came.
  2. nilm
    Dec 31, 2006
    9
    Very differend and funny tv show. Must see.
  3. RhondaB
    Nov 26, 2006
    10
    Excellent show - love it. I was enjoying it more w/ each episode.