• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 12, 2011
    30
    Clearly, responsible parents will put the kids to bed early, unless they want to brave exposing their offspring to an uninspired if harmless piece of (bleep).
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 13, 2011
    40
    Skilled as Applegate, Arnett and Rudolph are at making us laugh, they need dimension.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 13, 2011
    60
    It's a familiar concept that elicits some minor laughs.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 14, 2011
    70
    Rudolph is the wacky comic icing on what otherwise is a more grounded and endearingly realistic comedy about two exhausted new parents (Christina Applegate and Will Arnett) who are still adjusting to the loss of their it's-all-about-me, hard-partying lifestyle to make way for adorable baby Amy.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 12, 2011
    70
    [Rudolph's] new character brings a wackier element to the show, which undermines the fine authenticity that Spivey initially set up. Now Rudolph has a more expandable role, I suppose, but she is also less connected to the other characters. The whole Ava talk show business feels like it belongs in a more satirical sitcom of its own.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 13, 2011
    50
    Too many of the lines are witlessly vulgar (A "mug of butt"? Really?), and too few are funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 27, 2011
    75
    Up All Night is adorable without being cute. [3 Oct 2011, p.41]
  8. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 13, 2011
    70
    Applegate and Will Arnett, who plays her husband, Chris, are very good, which is no surprise. It's nice to see Arnett playing something other than an emotionally stunted man-child, and if the pilot for Up All Night didn't make me guffaw all that much, it passed by pleasantly and it was good to see that creator Emily Spivey was able to wring comedy from the new-parent situation without using the same dozen baby jokes we've all seen 200 times before.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 13, 2011
    67
    What you have is a comedy with three very talented, funny leads, with a premise that lends itself well to stories and jokes, and execution that isn't quite there yet.
  10. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 13, 2011
    63
    The makeover has helped morph the series from unwatchable and unfunny into a witty sitcom about people who are desperate not to turn into TV sitcom parents.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 14, 2011
    58
    Right now, Up All Night is the TV equivalent of a glass of warm milk.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 12, 2011
    50
    A cute little closing segment isn't enough to offset all the forced comedy preceding it.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 14, 2011
    80
    The show can be, in odd passing moments, unexpectedly, almost nervily touching.
  14. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 14, 2011
    75
    The changes enhance the comic balance between the reality-based humor of a young couple coping with their new baby and their evaporating youth, and the "SNL"-sketch-like satire of a powerful and powerfully self-involved talk show hostess.
  15. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 13, 2011
    50
    Up All Night could use more backup players and more imaginative writing. Most of all, the show has to get over its fear of offending.
  16. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 14, 2011
    30
    It's supposedly a wry look at the perils and pressures of parenthood. But really it's just a collection of tired cliches, reworked with weird grimaces and funny accents a la a really bad Saturday Night Live skit.
  17. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2011
    80
    The interplay between Arnett and Applegate has an instant crackle to it, especially when they argue about which one of them got the least sleep during Amy's latest tearful night. Just as one's interest in Up All Night's domestic cliches may flag, "SNL" alum and "Bridesmaids" co-star Maya Rudolph is here to lift the show up several notches as Reagan's boss.
  18. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 14, 2011
    80
    There's a sweet, good-hearted minuteness of observation to the show, which manages to work in middle-of-the-night wakings and diaper changes without going for obvious gags.
  19. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 13, 2011
    75
    A well-rounded, nicely mature comedy.
  20. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 13, 2011
    75
    Christina Applegate and Will Arnett have nice chemistry as rookie parents struggling to scale back on their hardworking, hard-partying ways in Up All Night, a largely fresh, irreverent look at child rearing.
  21. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Sep 14, 2011
    70
    Though the Up All Night pilot falls short of great hilarity, the series demonstrates considerable potential.
  22. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 13, 2011
    75
    Spivey gives her stars so much better material stemming from the parents' self-doubt about everything from doing right by their daughter to still rocking a tight skirt (Reagan) to buying the right cheese at the overwhelmingly huge supermarket (Chris).
  23. What Up All Night has over other baby-rearing shows is a refreshing irreverence.
  24. Reviewed by: Michael Landweber
    Sep 14, 2011
    80
    This is not a show that wants to be analyzed. Rather, it demands that you enjoy it. And there is plenty of humor to mine in the premise.
  25. Reviewed by: Phillip Maciak
    Sep 13, 2011
    75
    It's by no means a flawless show, and there's no certainty that even a trio as strong as this one can float the series by sheer force of will, but if the last 10 minutes are any indication, Up All Night may just find itself the most elusive trophy of all: an audience.
  26. Reviewed by: Liz Kelly Nelson
    Sep 14, 2011
    60
    While there's definite potential in the show, there were a few things about it that just didn't work.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 9 out of 25
  1. Sep 30, 2011
    10
    Really, really, funny! Great cast and great writing! The plot is a little rough but it will get better. It's not as good as Parks and Recreation (the best show onTV) but I still make time to watch this one. Full Review »
  2. Apr 11, 2013
    8
    NBC's hit series "Up All Night," which has been nominated for several awards (including Satellite Awards and The People's Choice Awards), has unfortunately been on hold and rumored to be cancelled due to a conflict of interest with their producer and lead actress Christina Applegate. This show been one of the funniest TV series recently aired, which is why it is undeniably worthy of a review.
    The lead character Reagan, played by Christina Applegate in “Up All Night,” has imitated the image of an overwhelmed, incredibly attractive mother struggling with several humorous responsibilities from the lead actress Jules played by Courtney Cox's in ABC's "Cougar Town”. Reagan's authentic performance resonates comfortably to the viewers with a lovable, quirky behavior. Jules, however, over-acts into a flimsy character that is unconvincing and almost embarrassing to watch. Aside from the clear distinctive acting styles from these two leading characters, the scoring throughout the episodes of "Cougar Town," is annoyingly unnecessary while "Up All Night," applies a minimal musical frame of reference that synchronizes as needed while enhancing each character's dialogue and body language. Nevertheless, the reason behind the success of "Cougar Town," is due to its popular topic in today's pop-culture trends. Why are older women dating much younger men? Even though Jules mechanically reads her script with an exaggerated hyper-active tone, this series still delivers its ratings due to its theme that has been leaving people curious for many years. Either Courtney Cox is rushing to use the washroom in certain scenes, or she truly does not embrace her character genuinely.
    The only blatant colorless writing in “Up All Night,” is the repetitive indecisive actions of Reagan and her husband Chris (played by Will Arnett) before its opening theme or during the show. It was cute at first, but eventually magnifies into an irritating motif. Nevertheless, many faithful viewers of “Up All Night,” are still hoping that this hilarious sitcom returns to NBC.
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  3. Nov 22, 2012
    2
    They bumped Community for this P.O.S. family show. Don't we already have a tons of those shows on tv. Super unoriginal, I expected at least a little comedy from a Will Arnett show.... Full Review »