• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 17, 2014
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 10, 2014
    90
    Gretchen and Jimmy's story, which acquires surprising emotional weight as the season progresses, is highly addictive on its own merits.
  2. Reviewed by: Lanford Beard
    Jul 14, 2014
    83
    This series has the time (and inclination) to really unravel the softening dynamic between its romantic atheists.
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Lynch
    Aug 22, 2014
    80
    The show grows ever more confident each week. As Jimmy and Gretchen grapple with their relationship, their conflicts seem authentic and not contrived.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 16, 2014
    80
    You’re the Worst immediately finds what all comedies hope for: character chemistry and a certain zing to the writing, transcending its naughtiest nature with a disarming taste of sweetness.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 15, 2014
    80
    One of the reasons that You’re the Worst works so well is that we buy this relationship instantly. Geere and Cash have chemistry.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Jul 14, 2014
    80
    It’s Gretchen and Jimmy’s repartee, their unrelenting need to voice their awful thoughts, that makes Worst worth watching.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 10, 2014
    80
    [Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are] both terrible people in a myriad ways, and yet, they really seem to connect, which allows “You’re the Worst” to evince an acidic sweetness through its bleakness.
  8. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 15, 2014
    75
    Worst, created by Stephen Falk ("Weeds"), takes that well-worn conceit and forces it through the cold sieve of contemporary antiromanticism, and the result is often very funny.
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 9, 2014
    75
    The two principals in You’re The Worst at least are vigorously and often amusingly cynical. And over the course of the first two episodes sent for review, it even becomes possible to empathize with them--if only just a little.
  10. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 17, 2014
    70
    Easily the most sexually frank show of the four, it's also the funniest.
  11. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 16, 2014
    70
    We know the end point for these two; they’re made for each other. But the writing makes the bumpy journey nonetheless entertaining.
  12. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jul 15, 2014
    67
    You're the Worst exudes some charm (Cash is rich indeed) but can't keep from overstepping, either. It's saved by relationship detail and human vulnerability that "Married" utterly misses.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 16, 2014
    63
    Cash and Geere make the most out of every cutting line and look. But too often, the show mistakes being unpleasant for being amusing.
  14. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jul 17, 2014
    60
    While You’re the Worst is eventful, its emotional beats are not exactly original. It feels like watching the first 20 minutes of a rom-com over and over again, a notion that I find not entirely unpleasant.
  15. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 17, 2014
    50
    The notion of two superficial, emotionally stunted human beings struggling with the realization that they still have feelings is by far the most interesting premise of these four shows. But Cash is significantly more appealing than Geere (in fairness, her character is a bit less horrible than his), and the overall execution falls short of the idea.... This one, at least, has the potential to be something more than it is at the moment.
  16. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 16, 2014
    50
    The premise of You’re the Worst is amusing, but the lines don’t match it. Once Gretchen and Jimmy get out of bed and back to their lives--he’s a writer, she’s a publicist--You’re the Worst gets a little better.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 15, 2014
    50
    The show mimics an indie-film sensibility, with each of the leads conveying just enough vulnerability to offset their odious ways, although it’s not clear that’s enough--especially with the duo essentially being the entire show. (His roommate, her friend and the kid neighbor all feel more like devices than characters.)
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 17, 2014
    40
    A savage snark-fest in which two exhibitionistic misanthropes decide to hook up for a bit.
  19. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 17, 2014
    30
    It should be noted that Geere and Cash are very, very good--they just need better material. (Unfortunately, the rest of the cast, even though they don't get much work, grind the show to a halt--an almost insurmountable problem except that Worst's penchant for trying to shock with crassness is really the stumbling block here).
  20. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jul 17, 2014
    30
    Cash and Geere are two talented performers selling this mess as best they can, but mostly the show suffocates under its own feeling of brashness.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    10
    Aya Cash is the real discovery here. I've seen her in many other shows but for some reason she's made this one all her own and does anAya Cash is the real discovery here. I've seen her in many other shows but for some reason she's made this one all her own and does an incredible job with it. Full Review »
  2. Jul 19, 2014
    8
    I enjoyed both Married and YTW pilots, but YTW is the one that feels like the ultimate winner. The female lead is like a raunchier version ofI enjoyed both Married and YTW pilots, but YTW is the one that feels like the ultimate winner. The female lead is like a raunchier version of Zoeey's New Girl and the male lead makes me think of Hugh Grant at his comedic best. This show strangely felt more About A Boy (better, funnier) than the terrible NBC version of the same name. This feels like a show Michael Cera could have been cast in as well. The premise is great and I love it when raunchy, edgy comedy has a heart. This one does. Both leads do a great job of presenting themselves as one version (unlike able, mean) yet non-verbally they convey two people who really want to be on some level ...loved, kind, and like able. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2014
    10
    This show definitely meets my sense of humour, and that doesn't happen very often. In my eyes it is the best discovery since "New Girl" and ifThis show definitely meets my sense of humour, and that doesn't happen very often. In my eyes it is the best discovery since "New Girl" and if this show can not make it, both leads (with their characters) should join the cast of "New Girl". Chris Geere's character as a love interest for Zooey Deschanels Jess - that would be fun. Anyway, I hope "You're the Worst" gets more seasons. Full Review »