Season #: 2, 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Jul 15, 2020
    Schwimmer and Mohammed, who plays a junior analyst often treated like an assistant, bounce off of one another well, finding a lively call-and-response rhythm as one man’s brand of idiocy tangles with the other’s. ... As for Intelligence itself: I’m not eager to watch more of it specifically, but I would be curious to see what else Mohammed—who is a funny and game performer, and gradually proves a limber writer—could do with a series that’s less freighted by unavoidable comparisons to a recent, iconic piece of work.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Cumming
    Feb 27, 2020
    It’s not unlikeable. The script goes along at a clip, but while Schwimmer’s comic delivery lifts flatter material, the rate of gags is faster than the rate of laughs.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Hogan
    Feb 27, 2020
    It wasn’t quite as funny as it could have been but the slapstick, pratfalls and culture-clash comedy had a certain irresistible charm. Schwimmer’s comic timing remains pin-sharp and his chemistry with Mohammed was sweet, if not quite at Ross and Rachel levels.
  4. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Jul 15, 2020
    Schwimmer is Michael Scott on steroids in this sitcom that premiered earlier this year in the U.K. Unfortunately the humor is often inconsistent.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 15, 2020
    Schwimmer is what he is: calculatedly awkward and not all that funny when Jerry is blustering and oddly disarming when Jerry is vulnerable, which isn’t often. “Intelligence” is mild tea overall, but it’s an easy binge at just over two hours for its six episodes.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 15, 2020
    There are laughs here and there through all six episodes, mostly courtesy of the show’s creator, but it’s overall too familiar and too bland to stand out in the increasingly crowded streaming world.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 15, 2020
    The quirky assortment of characters has a very sitcom feel to it (just the slightly dry British kind), even if the language is saltier than any U.S. broadcaster would allow. Schwimmer provides some fun as the swaggering bull in this china shop -- "No way, I was expecting a guy," he says upon meeting the female director -- but can't make "Intelligence" feel any less disposable.
  8. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jul 10, 2020
    Stop me when you’ve heard this one before: a baseline functional workplace full of well-meaning misfits gets a jolt from a hotheaded new guy, hijinks ensue, lather, rinse, repeat.
  9. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jul 15, 2020
    For Schwimmer’s fans, “Intelligence” will suffice as a forgettable treat, filled with just enough clever moments to remind us of his strong timing and expressive visage, while lacking the substance needed to make it must-see TV. Approached from any other vantage point and it’s mainly a mess.
  10. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 14, 2020
    The cast of workers (including Mohammed) manages some LOLs, but Schwimmer struggles to balance a character who is just a little too mean (and too dumb) to be funny.
  11. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jul 13, 2020
    Schwimmer, it must be said, tears into his Intelligence role without ever pandering for audience sympathy; he's the reason to watch the series, though it's probably an insufficient reason. ... It's not there yet. It's not there because none of the other supporting characters are funny, nor are the ways they're introduced.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 9, 2020
    Give this show the “Space Force” medal for unfunny comedy. And as bad as “Space Force” was, Netflix’s Steve Carell disappointment was still better than this dud.
  13. Reviewed by: Jack Seale
    Feb 27, 2020
    Intelligence, on the other hand, is a conventional, single-location sitcom that doesn’t have funny bones, because it doesn’t have bones at all. There are only five main characters, but three are far too faintly drawn. ... Schwimmer’s talents are wasted.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Jul 31, 2020
    David Schwimmer as a tough guy secret agent? MI6 as a bunch of milquetoast betas? Huh? What a terrible idea. Was this supposed to be ArcherDavid Schwimmer as a tough guy secret agent? MI6 as a bunch of milquetoast betas? Huh? What a terrible idea. Was this supposed to be Archer meets Big Bang Theory? It fails. Full Review »