Undercover Boss : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 7, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Undercover Boss isn't spectacular TV. But its real appeal lies in the exercise itself: watching a CEO meet actual workers and realize they work hard at jobs often made harder by petty rules and policies.
  2. If one can get past the certainty that, like most reality shows, the reality here has been sanitized for everyone's protection, one should enjoy meeting these salt-of-the-earth workers with good hearts, the kind of people who normally are everywhere except on TV.
  3. The lineup of episodes has been rich in their revelations, moving in their testaments to the lives of the employees and, especially, to the meaning to them of their daily labor. There is above all no simulated emotion in what those workers say, no artifice—a new and revolutionary turn for the genre.
  4. A contrived, yet effective, piece of feel-good television.
  5. 80
    It'll bring a smile to your face and, yes, warm your heart a bit.
  6. 88
    The personalities are so appealing, and the jobs are so humbling, that this would have been a great one-shot documentary. Can they keep up the impact week after week? Or will we suffer from empathy fatigue sooner rather than later?
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    1
    Empty posturing of millionaires...
  2. BrettR.
    Feb 8, 2010
    0
    How condescending! And what happens in the end. The workers get a "taskforce" and the boss goes back to his millions a year because he forgot How condescending! And what happens in the end. The workers get a "taskforce" and the boss goes back to his millions a year because he forgot that working is hard. So contrived I couldn't believe it. Odd that not a single one of the workers he was strategically placed with was terrible at their job. Also, shouldn't you be working instead of talking to neighbors all day? What kind of policy will you implement to let me socialize whenever I want? Full Review »
  3. May 26, 2015
    5
    It can be fun watching what they do. But sometimes it is stupid and it is unreal like talking about personal life and about the changes at theIt can be fun watching what they do. But sometimes it is stupid and it is unreal like talking about personal life and about the changes at the end of it it is just to unreal. Full Review »