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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 10, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Lena Olin, Greg Poehler, Josephine Bornebusch
  • Summary: Bruce Evans (Greg Poehler) quits his job as an accountant to move to Sweden with his Swedish girlfriend, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch).
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Greg Poehler
  • Show Type: In Season
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jul 10, 2014
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 8, 2014
    100
    All charm and smarts, the best new NBC comedy in a long time. A winner.
  2. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Jul 10, 2014
    83
    There are portions of the 10-episode first season that are darker than any other American broadcast-network comedy, but not shying away from the inherent gravity of Bruce and Emma’s situation provides a rich shading to the stranger-in-a-strange-land laughs.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jul 10, 2014
    80
    Sweet, smart and quickly addictive, it's a classic cross-cultural romantic comedy with top notes of satire, but a brave and true heart.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 8, 2014
    70
    While Poehler’s wide-eyed exasperation probably renders him the weakest link, there’s enough high-class support around him that he’s more than adequate to meet the role’s modest demands.... It’s the one genuinely recommendable show to reach our shores amid an NBC wave of summer flotsam.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 10, 2014
    70
    Sweden is a quiet, gently amusing comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 9, 2014
    70
    Welcome to Sweden is pleasant, inoffensive and quite charming.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 8, 2014
    40
    In the end, yes, of course, everyone loves each other. But by the time we get there, the only Swedish word that’s likely to remain lodged in our mind is “meatballs.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Jul 15, 2014
    10
    Neat premise - great cast. Quirky story line is something different, great idea to have Swedish actors and subtitles. Hope this show gets a chance, looking forward to the next episode, Expand
  2. Jul 14, 2014
    9
    The pilot was great! The characters are primarily swedish, lots of subtitles, and excellent humor. I love this kind of show: smart, quirky, and full of characters that are really odd but totally recognizable. Great energy in the show. Love that it is set in Sweden. The clash of cultures is fun to watch. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2014
    8
    I previously gave this a 4 as I thought they sterotyped Swedes a bit strong(but well most of it can be true) but yesterday with episodes 8&9 on NBC last night they were back with great smart humor and the emotions come thru very well especially with Josephine and Amy Poehlers acting. Brilliant. As is the scenery of their locations in Sweden. This is a fresh series, smart witty humor. Back on 8 of 10. Well done. (from a Swede in America) Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    6
    "Welcome to Sweden" is lovable, smart, funny, dark and one of the most deserving shows of any recent summer seasons (thankfully it was renewed for another, cheap to make season). It's premise is a little bizarre, but you'll instantly get hooked into this. Only negatives/complaints would have to be the portrayal of the lead character and the stereotypes shown throughout the series. Expand
  5. Jul 20, 2014
    5
    The pilot was OK, but the second episode took a turn towards cringe humor, i.e., humor based upon the discomfort of people in odd or embarrassing situations. About halfway through the episode, I just wanted it to end. Expand
  6. Aug 14, 2014
    3
    I CHANGE MY OPINION: I originally reviewed "Welcome to Sweden" as a 10 because I felt the pilot episode showed great warmth and humor and no laugh track. It was a show to smile at and then feel good about it. The show has gone downhill faster than a reindeer on skis. Last night I told my DVR to dump "Welcome to Sweden". Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2014
    0
    My friends in Sweden hate the show. They are REAL Swedish educated people, in their 20's and 30's. Now, I know why. I have watched the first 3 episodes. The first was somewhat dumb. The second was very stupid and the third, which I watched tonight, was grotesquely stupid. Without doubt, it is the most stupid TV show I have ever watched. It makes Swedish people look very stupid. They are not! And Greg Poehler's character seems not funny, but totally mindless. It is not a sitcom. It is just POOR! Expand

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