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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 10, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The death of Ceil Engel's (Andrea Martin) husband left her with a law firm in debt and only her youngest child (Kacey Rohl) qualified to be an attorney in this comedy co-produced by NBC and Canada's Global network.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jul 9, 2014
    75
    [The Canadian comedy all-stars] give it good vibes. But the scripts, despite mad moments of whimsy, can't keep pace with the cast's comic timing and tone.
  2. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Jul 10, 2014
    67
    On their own, Arthur’s lunkheaded Jimmy and Skye’s bubbly Sandy are sketched a little thin—but due to Working The Engels’ compact ensemble, they usually wind up paired with Rohl or Martin, salvaging some potentially dire storylines like “Jimmy gives grandma’s ring to a stripper” or “Sandy wants to win a mother-daughter dance contest.”
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Jul 7, 2014
    63
    The show moves along at a nice clip, the cast is pleasant, given the predictability of their sitcom-y characters, and they mesh nicely as an ensemble.
  4. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jul 7, 2014
    50
    The fish-out-of-water aspect intrigues but it also frustrates.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 10, 2014
    40
    The show never allows itself to stand down from ill-fated, continuous attempts at heightened hilarity.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 9, 2014
    40
    In the end, this Canadian import would be okay for a summer evening if there was more to like in the characters. There just isn’t.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 9, 2014
    10
    Nothing about Engels works: the tired premise, the strained performances, the empty abyss of silence into which the groaning jokes dissipate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Jul 17, 2014
    9
    Love Andrea Martin and seeing her back on TV again. Kacey Rohl is totally different from her character on Hannibal - and really charming in a lighter kind of role. Expand
  2. Jul 11, 2014
    2
    I was very disappointed with this polite...The B word is thrown around too, too much on sitcoms, Unnecessary-I was hoping for a Seinfeld show, clean, funny, with unpredictable humor...with out the constant bi+&*ch humor what a waste of 30 min. I rate this show Awful...I didn't laugh once. I was really waiting for the punch line and it never came. Expand
  3. Jul 14, 2014
    1
    I have always enjoyed Andrea Martins work. She is an excellent comedic actress. "Working the Engels" is an insult to the intelligence of the audience and an insult to Andrea Martins personally. There is only one good thing about this show -- Andrea Martins is working. I don't have to watch it though. Expand
  4. Jul 20, 2014
    0
    I can't believe I sat and watched the entire pilot. I can't believe how bad this show is. The actors, while capable, are dragged to the floor by the script. If the pilot was used to sell this show, someone got a bad deal. Expand