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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 7, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Starring: Todd Ricketts, Mark Keller
  • Summary: Bosses go undercover as new rank-and-file employees of their own companies to discover how it is like for the average worker.
  • Genre(s): Reality
  • Creator: Stephen Lambert
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Feb 7, 2010
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    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?
  2. 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.
  3. 80
    It'll bring a smile to your face and, yes, warm your heart a bit.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    A "reality" show so huggy-weepy that it will put even the most enraged domestic abuser to sleep.
  6. Reviewed by: Michelle Tauber
    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]
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    What we get instead is a hollow catharsis for a nation already strung out on the futility of resenting those who occupy CEO suites.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. KayeB.
    Feb 8, 2010
    Undercover Boss feature the hard-working American woman and man, who do the grunt jobs and then are not recognized by the upper management as being the ones who make the company successful. It makes a great point that every person in society can feel good about themselves if they are being productive. Expand
  2. johnjohn
    Feb 8, 2010
    Amazing show! I was very touched by the stories and I can't wait till next week!
  3. Apr 10, 2011
    Hair Cuttery should be on the show!!!!at Lot of people think it's easy doing hair. It's hard work.... The show is great! And really shows appreciation for the hard workers. Collapse
  4. BenC
    Feb 7, 2010
  5. Dec 10, 2012
    Empty posturing of millionaires...
  6. Nov 30, 2013
    although its a good show its fully scripted.

    So lets start which guy is going to the job for the first day with the whole camera crew and
    then (TO ALL EPISODES they seat down with the manager and they talked about their DIFFICULTIES in personal life ?which manager will talk about personal life with a TRAINEE average worker? does that sound like a reality for you? and at the end the boss ALWAYS rewards those managers who had difficulties and they always promoted them.

    what kind of average employee goes around to the whole areas of the company to work with the whole camera crew? in business YOU DONT get to choose where to work, u get a job in the area/major that there is a need for an extra worker.

    its the same procedure and scripted of the show and they follow it all over the time. even the managers and the whole staff they know it that its scripted.
  7. BrettR.
    Feb 8, 2010
    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? Expand

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