Welcome to the Captain : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 4, 2008
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20

Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    The characters are likeable enough so that you might even grow to care about them--and the show--in this arid writers' strike environment.
  2. The trouble with Welcome to the Captain, outside of the title and romantic emphasis, is that two episodes haven't revealed any clear direction.
  3. The Captain [is] a historic hotel now populated by every Hollywood stereotype ever dusted off for a sitcom pilot.
  4. 80
    The first-rate actors, led by likable Kranz, don't strain in their offbeat roles. Tambor adds another first-rate portrait to his gallery of goofballs. The usually reserved Klein is livelier than ever.
  5. Sadly, Welcome to the Captain just isn't funny or inspired enough to nail the peek-behind-the-Hollywood-curtain genre.
  6. If Welcome to the Captain can sustain its tone of tender quirkiness, it may find an appreciate audience stretching from those who loved "Arrested Development" to fans of "My Name Is Earl."
  7. Hip in tone but traditional in spirit, it's not at all hard to feel welcome at the Captain.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Nothing in Welcome to the Captain is particularly fresh, but there's nevertheless a genial charm to this CBS comedy, whose main drawback is that it focuses on the wrong characters.
  9. 60
    Welcome to the Captain attempts a similarly shaggy, loose sitcom vibe, but isn't quite successful, though it's at least watchable.
  10. After watching two episodes, I was left with the thought with which I began: An iconic apartment building full of wacky characters would make a great TV show. Would, though. Not does.
  11. The Captain has a great facade, but it’s filled with people who will make you keep checking the real estate listings.
  12. That's about where this show sits, on the rails, but with a little journey ahead to get from captain to rear admiral.
  13. 50
    The characters are refreshingly non-hostile and converse in something other than brittle, cold sitcom-speak. But the serialized nature of the stories (subsequent episodes begin with the "previously on" feature usually seen on dramas) is no particular plus. And while the characters are sweet, they stop short of being lovable.
  14. Kranz does look like a writer, for what it's worth. But if he's really as good as they say, he'd have written something better than this.
  15. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    40
    There's nothing to relate to here, just to observe from afar, and only Tambor's as-always deft comic distraction gives us anything worth glancing at.
  16. 30
    Welcome to the Captain, a tepid comedy about would-be wackos in a Hollywood apartment building, is such a dud that it's likely to only make some of us miss the funnier "Big Bang Theory" (which it temporarily replaces) even more.
  17. 30
    Let's hope Welcome, as forced as "Christine" is relaxed, runs itself into cancellation sooner rather than later.
  18. 20
    Welcome to The Captain is less a TV show than a grim ransom note from the striking Hollywood writers.
  19. Another single-camera comedy that fails to provide any laughs.
  20. 25
    The show seems to vanish as it's happening, leaving behind nothing except a vague feeling of being mildly annoyed. It doesn't just fail to leave you laughing. It leaves you, period.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 11 out of 19
  1. ChaseT.
    Mar 26, 2008
    10
    Personally I absolutely love this show. I cannot believe that it was canceled. I know it had low ratings, but they should have advertised it Personally I absolutely love this show. I cannot believe that it was canceled. I know it had low ratings, but they should have advertised it more. It was a hilarious show and I think CBS should bring it back. I bought a season pass on Itunes for it and I think if anything they should at least finish the first season. Full Review »
  2. JaredH.
    Mar 10, 2008
    9
    The show is witty and sarcastic. The only problem with it is that it bypasses the simpleton humor found in most shows and goes to directly to The show is witty and sarcastic. The only problem with it is that it bypasses the simpleton humor found in most shows and goes to directly to situational and intellectual charm. The characters are likable, but need time to find a direction. Full Review »
  3. BillD.
    Mar 4, 2008
    4
    Other than Joanna Garcia, there's not an attractive , likable character on the show. The story lines are weak; the show is flat. I Other than Joanna Garcia, there's not an attractive , likable character on the show. The story lines are weak; the show is flat. I don't dislike this show: there's just nothing (except Garcia) to like. Full Review »