• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 12, 2011
    42
    Standup comic Cummings has potential, but no one could overcome these dated relationship cliches.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    D'Elia sparks well off Cummings, but this show demonstrates her true talents lie offscreen.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    The relationship jokes come off stale and cliched (men can't be monogamous!), and you're left feeling like you watched a raunchier--and less funny--version of "Friends."
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 19, 2011
    42
    Although there aren't any Carrie Bradshaw-esque puns on this show, nor ethnic stereotypes, the comedy feels more frantic and desperate.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 22, 2011
    70
    Eventually the mood relaxes, even as the slapstick amps up, and what may prove to be a charming comedy begins to emerge.
  6. Sep 22, 2011
    60
    It's really one lonnnnng sex joke. That said, some of the punch lines are pretty funny.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 22, 2011
    40
    Collectively, then, Whitney often feels like a series of standup jokes broken up by snippets of dialogue.
  8. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Problem is both series [2 Broke Girls and Whitney] are hit-you-over-the-head until you laugh or else.
  9. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 21, 2011
    91
    The show's core relationship is appealingly relaxed. It dares to suggest successful coupledom lies less in heated passion than in being able to dress down and screw up and know you're still loved.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    The characters are all caricature-y stereotypes and the jokes are of the ba-da-dum! variety, but the pilot made me laugh more than some other new comedies, mostly due to the performances.
  11. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    Sep 22, 2011
    20
    With its stilted scenes, canned laughter, and handwringing about marriage, Whitney feels more like a step backward.
  12. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 21, 2011
    50
    The sitcom, premiering Thursday night, is perfectly adequate, but only that, and it doesn't compare well to the show Cummings co-created, "2 Broke Girls," which premiered Monday on CBS.
  13. Reviewed by: Phillip Maciak
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    The show largely treads disappointingly familiar territory.
  14. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Sep 19, 2011
    30
    If you caught a snippet of Whitney unawares, you would be forgiven for assuming that it's one of those shows-within-a-show that exists to caricature bad television.
  15. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 22, 2011
    40
    A lot of the success of Whitney may hinge on whether people find her likeable or not. But there are fundamental issues holding back the show as well--beyond the multi-camera fakeness of it all.
  16. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 19, 2011
    40
    Not only are Whitney's jokes a little musty, the multi-camera format seems like the wrong choice for this comedy.
  17. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 19, 2011
    70
    Whitney is funnier than "2 Broke Girls," probably because the humor seems more idiosyncratic.
  18. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Dec 8, 2011
    30
    The problem is that Whitney is a terrible show, though in ways that resonate with our culture's debates about women and humor.
  19. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 22, 2011
    40
    It also has hints--just hints--of a fascinating show about the implications of technology and the limits of knowledge. But I don't know if it really wants to, or will be allowed to, become that more interesting show.
  20. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 22, 2011
    30
    Relying heavily on sex talk and slapstick, Whitney is the kind of show where less funny people surround the star, always commenting on her zany actions.
  21. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 21, 2011
    83
    It all makes for a promising start on a network whose best comedies invariably wind up on Thursday nights. Whitney is already there, and looks as though it just might belong.
  22. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    The main character is too loud, too dominant and far too central; the lines all sound as if they were written to be delivered by a performer rather than spoken in conversation; and the supporting characters are ciphers who exist merely to reflect or foil the star.
  23. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 19, 2011
    50
    Other than Cummings' slightly off-kilter view of relationships as writer and star, Whitney as a construct is more spindly than her legs.
  24. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 16, 2011
    50
    It's D'Elia and the other cast members who rescue the show from a wretched Whitney overload.
  25. Reviewed by: Mikey O'Connell
    Sep 23, 2011
    40
    Instead of an entertaining half-hour to ease our wait for the return of "30 Rock," the network has given us another "Outsourced."
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 41
  2. Negative: 20 out of 41
  1. Sep 25, 2011
    3
    Just seems really forced. It looked alright in the commercials, but the studio audience laughing makes it too much. I don't see this as a winning show. Pass. Full Review »
  2. Sep 30, 2011
    5
    Whitney is a funny woman, but this show does not in any way represent how hilarious she is. Her writing and acting is not as good as it should be, and I would be surprised to see this show get another season. Full Review »
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    0
    Went in with an open mind, but truly hated the title character. Whitney is very, very annoying, no more, and no less. The writing was pedestrian. Pass! Full Review »