• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 24, 2020
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Mar 24, 2020
    67
    At once wholly predictable and oddly given over to needless twists (three big ones unfold in the pilot’s final act, with varying degrees of success), “Council of Dads” might not be breaking much new ground, but its built on a concept rife with possibilities. Its talented cast is another ace up its sleeve, but even with hour-long episodes to fill, attention will have to be paid to each key character and their (essential only, please) storylines to ensure the show meets its most basic of goals: love and care for what really matters.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 23, 2020
    61
    “Council of Dads” is a better show and less blatantly manipulative than last year’s post-“This is Us” NBC series, “The Village,” but “Council” still piles on the dramatic plot turns in ways that are easy to spot a mile away, though occasionally unpredictable (and maybe even confusing for some viewers). It’s a LOT of drama to absorb all the same.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 24, 2020
    55
    NBC has been trying to replicate "This is Us" for a couple of seasons, and has found bottling that formula difficult to master. It comes a little closer than most with Council of Dads, an emotional concept that exhausts so much ground in the premiere it's difficult to foresee where it goes thereafter.
  4. Reviewed by: Kaitlin Thomas
    Mar 23, 2020
    30
    [Council of Dads], which is factory-made to trigger an emotional response, actually fails to connect with viewers on an emotional level because it summarizes what could have been an entire season of story in 42 minutes and then asks us to care about people we barely know.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 8, 2020
    30
    New NBC drama is an obvious rip-off of This Is Us, but without any real heart.

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