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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2008
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  • Summary: In this remake of a British comedy, everything that can go wrong will go wrong in the life of Sam Briggs (Kyle Bornheimer).
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    You can't go wrong with Smith ("That '70s Show") or Lenehan, pros with impeccable comic timing, which leaves relative newcomers Bornheimer and Hayes. Thumbs-up here, too. Worst Week may be the best new comedy on network TV this season.
  2. The show moves fast without seeming to rush you. The timing, on the part of actors and editors alike, is excellent--both Bornheimer and Smith are good physical comedians--so that even while you can set your watch by the Next Bad Thing About to Happen, tension is created, suspense maintained.
  3. This is one of the rare situation comedies that relies almost entirely on situations, each of which is more bizarre than the next and at the same time perfectly plausible. It's almost too good.
  4. The journey from Point A to Point B is both surprising and funny in spots, thanks to Bornheimer's likable doofus vibe and the usual waves of contempt coming from Kurtwood Smith (last seen as Red on "That '70s Show") as his prospective father-in-law.
  5. 60
    Even though it's obviously well-made and Bornheimer has a flinty wit that prevents him from being just another Ben Stiller–ish sap....if I'm being truthful, the original British version of this series was funnier.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    50
    That the pilot fails to provide a foundation for the show’s future direction does not bode well. The only thing that is clear is how much the Claytons dislike Sam.
  7. 0
    One of the worst new shows of the week.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. patrickf.
    Oct 16, 2008
    10
    As far as laughing out loud at a television sit com, this is where it's at. I watched four episodes in a row on cbs.com and loved each As far as laughing out loud at a television sit com, this is where it's at. I watched four episodes in a row on cbs.com and loved each one of them. Granted, the premise is predictable, but it remains funny even when you see it coming. I read all of the critics' reviews and it seemed that the ones who didn't like it are those in the 55 and over set who yearn for the days of M*A*S*H* and Thirty Something to return to the airwaves. Pound for pound, minute for minute, the only show on tv that is funnier is The Office. Expand
  2. JohnS.
    Oct 17, 2008
    10
    I laughed and cringed all the way through 3 episodes. I hope this one makes it!
  3. DrewH
    Nov 20, 2008
    10
    I absolutely LOVE this show. I do wonder how the writers will be able to keep it funny. You do see most of the disasters coming, however. I I absolutely LOVE this show. I do wonder how the writers will be able to keep it funny. You do see most of the disasters coming, however. I think it's worth a second season. Expand
  4. ChristopherK.
    Nov 15, 2008
    8
    The fact that it feels like a sitcom version of meet the parents is why it works so well! its the humor that makes you want to look away from The fact that it feels like a sitcom version of meet the parents is why it works so well! its the humor that makes you want to look away from the TV set, but you cant because you want to see the reaction from the rest of the cast. It is one of the best new sitcoms on TV this season! Expand
  5. EliasC.
    Oct 24, 2008
    7
    A guilty pleasure. Repetitive as it it, it is still more amusing than most sitcoms.
  6. frankv
    Nov 5, 2008
    4
    The pilot was funny at first, but the humor started to get annoying towards the end. I was saying enough already with the stupid decisions The pilot was funny at first, but the humor started to get annoying towards the end. I was saying enough already with the stupid decisions and bad luck the main character was having. This kind of humor is funny for one episode, but its going to go downhill from here. Its amazing how writers would think this show to be successful. I will have to reevaluate myself or the rest of the tv viewing world if this show is picked up for another season because something must be wrong with one of us. Expand
  7. michellej.
    Oct 13, 2008
    0
    This is the worst show I have ever seen. Hard to sit thru an entire episode. Wish they would put Moonlight back on in this time slot.

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