• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 3, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
19

Overwhelming dislike - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 18 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 3, 2012
    38
    Much of what passes for humor in Work It is mined from the same, quickly depleted vein: men awkwardly trying to pass for women.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 3, 2012
    30
    The series--which is to say, the pilot--is just not very good; the jokes creak and wheeze, and there is nothing in the performances to distract from the material.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 3, 2012
    30
    This series aims so low, to paraphrase another artifact from the "Bosom Buddies" era, it could practically play handball against the curb.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 3, 2012
    25
    It's a hair-sprayed cobweb. And not funny. [9 Jan 2012, p.40]
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 3, 2012
    25
    There are a couple of funny lines, mostly from Rebecca Mader, who plays mean-mouthed regional sales leader Grace, but overall, the humor is about as inauthentic as the guys' drag.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 3, 2012
    25
    Work It is dreadful almost beyond comprehension: witless, tasteless, poorly acted, abominably written, clumsily directed, hideously lit and badly costumed.
  7. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jan 3, 2012
    20
    [The subject of hard economic times] has been mined successfully in the past on shows like "Good Times" and "Roseanne." But there was a humanity to those projects that Work It sorely lacks.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 3, 2012
    20
    The show lumbers like a 200-pound man trying to impersonate a 95-pound ballerina.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    Jan 3, 2012
    10
    It will most likely be remembered for years to come, alongside My Mother, the Car and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire, as one of TV's truly bad ideas.
  10. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 3, 2012
    10
    Work It is bad dumb, memorably bad dumb, the kind of bad dumb show you will use in years to come as a benchmark for other bad sitcoms.
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 3, 2012
    10
    It's pretty awful.
  12. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 4, 2012
    0
    Work It is not so bad it's good. It's just terrible.
  13. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Jan 3, 2012
    0
    When you add to that a string of obvious, unfunny cross-dressing jokes and a set of female characters that are barely even one-dimensional, the premise pretty much collapses entirely.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 3, 2012
    0
    ABC's atrocious Work It fails miserably.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 3, 2012
    0
    The laughs could not be thinner.
  16. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 3, 2012
    0
    When you strip away the wigs, makeup, padded bras and Ace bandages, there's nothing about Work It that suggests a show that will ever be appealing to either gender.
  17. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jan 3, 2012
    0
    It's not only not funny, but it's also not original.
  18. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jan 3, 2012
    0
    ABC, you can do better than this drivel you call Work It.
User Score
1.1

Overwhelming dislike- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 9 out of 9
  1. Jan 5, 2012
    2
    I think ABC is suffering an identity crisis. Is this really the same network that has the truly excellent Modern Family and the charming Suburgatory? For the record, I did like Man Up, the show this one replaced. Came into it fairly late, so I'm not sure if it got better as it went along. Was disappointed it didn't find an audience though. Full Review »
  2. Jan 4, 2012
    0
    Did ABC actually think it was OK to rip off Bosom Buddies? It's just as worse as Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star. Here's the steps to get this off your mind. 1. Go rent Tootsie at your local Family Video or buy a DVD of Bosom Buddies. 2. Play both of them simultaneously. 3. Compare which is better, obviously Bosom Buddies/Tootsie.â Full Review »
  3. Jan 4, 2012
    0
    Why the hell did ABC pick this up for a full season. THIS!!! And it's replacing Man Up. Seriously ABC, you think this is gonna perform better in the ratings than Man Up. What compelled them to make this. At least Man Up didn't make you wanna poke your eyes out!!!!! Full Review »