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  • Summary: Junior-executives-in-training Matt and Jake (Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman) deal with the pains of working for Hampton Deville CEO Christian DeVille (Lance Reddick) and his top executives, John and Kate (Adam Lustick and Anne Dudek) with only the support of Human Resources rep GraceJunior-executives-in-training Matt and Jake (Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman) deal with the pains of working for Hampton Deville CEO Christian DeVille (Lance Reddick) and his top executives, John and Kate (Adam Lustick and Anne Dudek) with only the support of Human Resources rep Grace (Aparna Nancherla). Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Corporate
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Jan 17, 2018
    91
    Corporate spreads its story wide enough to ensure that one character doesn’t dominate. Even though they’re all cogs in the machine to an extent, there’s just enough distinction between each of their anxieties and misgivings that it makes for a richer tapestry of dread.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jan 17, 2018
    90
    It’s a cliché in TV criticism to say that the real protagonist is the setting, but Corporate flips that idea on its ear: Here, the setting is the antagonist, and every day you can stay alive within it is another day when you might lose yourself completely. I realize that maybe doesn’t sound very funny, but trust me, at a certain point, you laugh because your numbing corporate job has sapped you of the ability to cry.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 16, 2018
    72
    Darkly funny and clever in its skewering of the modern workplace, Corporate offers a welcome release valve for any corporate drones who tune in.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 16, 2018
    70
    [Corporate] doesn’t do anything new for the genre, really, as it satirizes blowhards in meetings and the bells and whistles of PowerPoint. But it’s funny in an uncompromisingly nihilistic way, it never resolves into artificial sweetness, and the ensemble seems to be having a great time.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 17, 2018
    70
    Ingebretson and Weisman, who are new to conventional television but are familiar enough types that you feel you've seen them before, get good support from their more experienced castmates. ... I found it consistently clever (if sometimes obviously so), though I rarely laughed. Laughter may not be the appropriate response, in any case.
  6. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jan 17, 2018
    70
    At times, seemingly in order to undercut how serious the show’s criticisms really are, it feels as if sketches and bits are pushed far past their natural punchline to reduce everyone, not just the oligarchs, into stilted and ridiculous parody. It’s unclear based on the four episodes sent to critics if that’s just a midseason reprieve or evidence of things to come. But with so few out there to compare it to, even a broad parody of the workplace is a satisfying one.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 17, 2018
    70
    Corporate isn't exactly escapist and with real world headlines of workplace harassment and assault, it's a lot of talk and only a little substance. Still, there's plenty of potential to build on here.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 8, 2018
    10
    For those few people who appreciated the brilliant, short-lived corporate sitcom Better Off Ted, here's another chance to get your fix ofFor those few people who appreciated the brilliant, short-lived corporate sitcom Better Off Ted, here's another chance to get your fix of searing, hilarious shots at the corporate world.

    This series is brilliant from the first scene of the first episode, which pins down the insanity of corporate rules. It is even more unforgiving than Better Off Ted, which at least offered a couple of likable characters. In Corporate, the closest thing to a moral center is a beaten-down drone who spends episode 2 creating a PowerPoint promoting war crimes. (Everyone, in fact, is pretty beaten down outside of the hilariously psychopathic CEO.

    I think Better Off Ted was a network series, so I'm hoping Corporate might survive longer on Comedy Central, which can probably take lower ratings. Corporate satire of this sort has, after all, a niche audience. So please give this a chance so it stays on the air. Because it is savage and brilliant and hilarious.
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  2. Jan 26, 2018
    10
    A funny, well-produced, absurd dark comedy. Can't wait for more. Not for everyone but five minutes into the first episode you'll know if youA funny, well-produced, absurd dark comedy. Can't wait for more. Not for everyone but five minutes into the first episode you'll know if you like it or not. Expand
  3. Jan 19, 2018
    8
    Yes, my new favorite show on conventional cable. Like you, my favorite new series have been on the streamers: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, ... ButYes, my new favorite show on conventional cable. Like you, my favorite new series have been on the streamers: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, ... But "Corporate" is the fun you get when "The Office" meets "Mr Robot". It's dark, sardonic, satire mixed with humor and a touch of cutesy. It's the jaded portrayal of Big Corporate that you've either heard about or lived through, you'll dig it. Expand
  4. Dec 30, 2018
    8
    Best new TV show (for adults) of 2018. Hands down. The lines given to the little cynical nihilistic Jewish guy will pierce through yourBest new TV show (for adults) of 2018. Hands down. The lines given to the little cynical nihilistic Jewish guy will pierce through your middle-aged middle-class average IQ brain and maybe find those dead neurons that were once used for optimism, childish joy and elation . As it did for me.
    Minus points for some of the lazy writing pertaining to the corporate plots. But that can only improve for season 2!Yes to life!
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  5. Mar 14, 2018
    3
    This is what I think after having watched the first ten episodes.... Lance Reddick is a phenomenal actor and I have loved every scene he hasThis is what I think after having watched the first ten episodes.... Lance Reddick is a phenomenal actor and I have loved every scene he has had in Corporate. But everything else about the show is absolutely atrocious. Every other character just seems extremely unlikable, over-acted, and boring. The plots of each episode are too simple and devoid of any real substance. Expand

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