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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 19, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: A New York stand-up comedian (Pete Holmes) ends up couch surfing at other comedians apartments after discovering his wife cheating on him in this comedy from Holmes and Judd Apatow.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 21, 2017
    83
    Crashing has enough mostly gentle amusements to keep it on track. And it’s increasingly easy to get on Pete’s side.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Feb 21, 2017
    80
    There is a lot of talk--practical and philosophical--about comedy, and Crashing is very good with the details of low-level nightlife. But what most makes the show entertaining are Pete’s episodic adventures with characters who will help form him, challenge him and wake him from his self-satisfied sleep into a better sort of happiness.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Feb 21, 2017
    80
    As raw and raunchy as the comedy sometimes gets on Crashing, there's something incredibly endearing and downright sweet about this new HBO series. That something is the performance of the immensely likable Pete Holmes.
  4. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Feb 17, 2017
    75
    The knock-down, pop-up rhythms of Crashing can grow wearying when the only character we’re following is the one going through them. But they also make the few moments of triumph so, so satisfying.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Feb 17, 2017
    70
    While its early episodes are still working through a few kinks, it’s engaging enough to belong in the well-done category, too.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Feb 16, 2017
    70
    Give it a couple of episodes and Crashing just might grow on you. But even if you're a huge Pete Holmes fan, you're more likely to smile than laugh out loud.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Feb 17, 2017
    50
    It’s pleasant enough, with enjoyable guest stars, but it comes too late in the evolution of this genre to make much of an impression.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 14, 2017
    9
    There is a sense of realness that is so delightful. The way the struggle is presented is in the most subtle way. Great show to let you windThere is a sense of realness that is so delightful. The way the struggle is presented is in the most subtle way. Great show to let you wind down, definitely advertises new york comedy clubs! Expand
  2. Apr 22, 2017
    8
    This show has a lot of heart. It doesn't make stand-up look easy. So it's charming to see Pete try to make a professional climb. The otherThis show has a lot of heart. It doesn't make stand-up look easy. So it's charming to see Pete try to make a professional climb. The other characters add a lot of spice to the mix. Artie Lange in particular really sets a fun atmosphere to the show. I'd recommend it. Expand
  3. Apr 29, 2017
    6
    The show has it's charms and is entertaining, but it lacks energy.
    Pete comes across as a sympathetic looser and his journey is interesting
    The show has it's charms and is entertaining, but it lacks energy.
    Pete comes across as a sympathetic looser and his journey is interesting and funny enough, but the performances of the other comedians trying to act are hit and miss.
    I'll keep on watching for now, but I'm not sure whether it will keep me interested...
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  4. Feb 5, 2018
    6
    I like Pete Holmes.
    This is a good vehicle for him, aside from the Leif character.
    I don't like George Basil. Didn't like him in Flaked and
    I like Pete Holmes.
    This is a good vehicle for him, aside from the Leif character.
    I don't like George Basil. Didn't like him in Flaked and I don't like him in Crashing.
    He's trying too hard to be goofy and interesting.

    Artie Lange is Artie Lange.
    Pete Holmes is Pete Holmes.

    Then there's this awful sitcom character.
    The whole Jess / Leif part of the show is best forgotten.
    There are some good moments, but mostly it's clichéd TV crap.

    The show works when Holmes - an outsider on the comedy scene, because of his innocence and good nature - plays off people like Sarah Silverman and Artie Lange... I like seeing the weird world of fledgling comedians, desperate to be on stage... Leif should be in the show much less. The end of the first season was the low point, because of the whole Jess / Leif narrative. He shouldn't even appear in the second season.

    Like I said, I like Pete Holmes.
    It's refreshing for a comedian to have values.

    6/10
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  5. Mar 2, 2017
    5
    I enjoy Pete Holmes' stand-up, so it's odd to see him out of place in Crashing, where he plays an unsuccessful comedian. It's as if he isI enjoy Pete Holmes' stand-up, so it's odd to see him out of place in Crashing, where he plays an unsuccessful comedian. It's as if he is dumbing his own routine down to make others look better, no doubt an effect of Judd Apatow's influence. Unfortunately, plot is devoid of any real complexity and the characters lack enthusiastic charisma. Expand
  6. Jan 16, 2018
    5
    It starts off interesting enough, the struggles of a stand up comic loosely based off of Pete Holmes's life, but Apatow goes and turns it intoIt starts off interesting enough, the struggles of a stand up comic loosely based off of Pete Holmes's life, but Apatow goes and turns it into his usual and typical and tired cliche of laughing at the dorky, awkward, manboy trying to make it into the real world.

    The only true highlight of this show is not Pete Holmes's act and Apatow's writing, which gets old by the third episode, and downright irritating by the final episode, but the guest appearances of top-tier comics such as Artie Lange, Sarah Silverman (her performance is arguably the best one of the show) and Lauren Lapkus. Otherwise, you've seen it before in the form of "40 year old virgin," "Silicon Valley" (especially considering that TJ Miller acts too much like his Silicon Valley character), and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" which, despite it being set in a different time period, its literally the same plot and characters, albeit with much better acting and writing.
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