• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 26, 2006
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24

Critic Reviews

  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Josh Wolk
    91
    It's clever [and] a little dark. [29 Sep 2006, p.72]
  2. 88
    While tonight's premiere episode is good, the show really sprouts wings and flies in episode two.
  3. Everyone in the pilot makes a solid first impression.
  4. Nothing groundbreaking here, obviously, but it's still pretty funny.
  5. "Help Me Help You" has a few more surprises and comedic heft to it than expected.
  6. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    63
    It's pleasant enough--and thankfully it's not zany. The problem is that Danson's crisis is believable midlife comedy, while the patients' neuroses are closer to stock. [9 Oct 2006, p.41]
  7. 60
    A sly, witty step up from the boorish "Becker."
  8. It's funny in its own way, smarter than most TV comedies and has a terrific cast -- all of which makes me wonder why I'm not more moved by it.
  9. 50
    At first blush, "Help Me Help You" looks like it will be terrible, but it's not. The actors are talented. The language and pacing are playful.
  10. A mildly amusing sitcom that is promising -- including the sense that it promises to go nowhere fast.
  11. Mr. Danson has some funny moments, but he is not as comfortable in a comic genre where deadpan takes the place of punch line.
  12. 50
    Considering his talents, Danson should be the show's biggest asset, and yet his character has become its biggest problem.
  13. 50
    The show isn't a debacle, but it's a disappointing comedy that doesn't live up to an interesting premise.
  14. For now, it remains more like a group of shuffled skits than a cohesive series.
  15. 40
    It’s not laugh-out-loud funny, but once in a while it’s vaguely amusing, though certainly not in a must-see sort of way.
  16. 40
    Several steps up from "Becker."
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    While [Danson's] old-pro timing gives the show a modest lift, "Help Me Help You" provides more of an incentive to get off the couch than to plop down on one.
  18. 30
    The jibes quickly wear thin and predictable, and there's simply not much to Help Me Help You.
  19. 30
    Danson throws himself into the role with good humor, but Help Me Help You yields little good humor.
  20. There's no laugh track, so maybe it's all supposed to be sophisticated and delightfully risque. But nobody will be mistaking Rushfield and Konner for Noel Coward or Oscar Wilde.
  21. This comedy is just not funny.
  22. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    10
    "Help Me" is a Gobi Desert of laughs... There's a strong odor of desperation on-screen, as if the competent and seasoned actors here know they're in this for a short ride. Indeed, they are.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. jc
    Jul 13, 2007
    10
    looks funny especially with gieco caveman in it
  2. FranS
    Nov 14, 2006
    10
    Nice Change--Funny
  3. AshishA
    Oct 18, 2006
    9
    Nice show! interesting characters. lots of potential.