Undercover Boss : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 7, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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
  1. Undercover presents a wonderful tribute to the working man and woman. Middle managers are the villains here, sitting at desks and docking workers for clocking in late at lunch. The hour ends with the predictable reveal.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    42
    Instead of being uplifting, Boss feels opportunistic and condescending in a way that something like Dirty Jobs never does.
  3. 50
    A "reality" show so huggy-weepy that it will put even the most enraged domestic abuser to sleep.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Tauber
    50
    I want to root for a reality series that uplifts, but for this one to work, it either needs to be more fun or more real. [15 Feb 2010, p.43]
  5. 40
    You'd have to have ice water flowing through your veins not to enjoy this elaborate P.R. experiment in spite of yourself.
  6. Undercover Boss, a CBS reality show that turns the tables on management, seems tailor-made for the anticorporate rancor of the times, but if anything, it paints too rosy a picture of white-collar benevolence.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    The presence of camera crews is explained by saying it's for a documentary about entry-level jobs, allowing the CEO to secretly interact with several parts of his company before the big reveal. There's some power in that, but the premiere's emotional crescendos come across as surprisingly muted.
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 »