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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

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  • Summary: Jeff (Jim Carrey) plays Mr. Pickles, a children's television personality, who slowly begins to unravel as he tries to cope with family difficulties.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Karen Han
    Sep 11, 2018
    100
    The deconstruction of a Fred Rogers figure would make for an interesting show on its own, but Kidding transcends that premise by leaps and bounds on the strength of Carrey’s performance and a determination to make the show just as rough--and riveting--as real life.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 5, 2018
    90
    Showtime's best and most binge-worthy series in a long time. ... The result is funny, wildly inventive and utterly sad. To pull off what is conceptually the implosion of Mister Rogers is a real triumph.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Sep 6, 2018
    80
    The personal toll the demand of celebrity takes on someone desperate for real connection. An audience’s insistence that the connection they have to someone on TV is real, and can’t be shattered. They are provocative, meta conversations raised especially by having Carrey in this role, and they elevate the show even as its quirkier dramedy subthreads begin to run amok.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 5, 2018
    70
    Carrey is wonderful, making Jeff feel like a fully-realized person, even as Holstein and the other writers can’t always decide where the naive children’s show host ends and the man playing him begins. ... The rest of the show is a mixed bag, much of it feeling like the Showtime quirky dramedy formula (see also: United States of Tara, SMILF) on full blast. ... Carrey’s worth the price of admission, though.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 6, 2018
    60
    Directed by Michel Gondry, Kidding occasionally shows sparks of the magic he brought to his previous collaboration with Mr. Carrey, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” but there’s not enough of the show-within-a-show for Mr. Gondry’s wonderfully wacko visual style to get much play.
  6. Reviewed by: David Sims
    Sep 7, 2018
    50
    Kidding has an exceptional ensemble to work with, but drowns it in rote domestic plotting.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 22, 2018
    35
    None of this plays as interesting or funny as it sounds on the printed page. Carrey's Mr. Pickles is tortuously unappealing, a smiley-faced drip in need of a hard slapping. And Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time itself is on the screen, it's light years past unbearable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Sep 9, 2018
    10
    How is this show barely past a 60 overall score? The cast is brilliant, Especially Carrey, Langella and Keener. And what I like most about itHow is this show barely past a 60 overall score? The cast is brilliant, Especially Carrey, Langella and Keener. And what I like most about it is that the comedy isn't predictable, There are so many well-planned setups for punchlines that come later on and when they hit, they hit hard. I've laughed out loud many times watching the first two episodes and I don't do that often. Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2018
    10
    Best show ever. Jim Carry will definitely win an Emmy. Such good writing and the perfect cast. Carry should stick to serious roles. He isBest show ever. Jim Carry will definitely win an Emmy. Such good writing and the perfect cast. Carry should stick to serious roles. He is amazing. Even the young kids on the show are great actors.
    "Hate doesn't hurt who you think it does" OMG.. such good writing and acting. I can't wait for the next episode.
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  3. Nov 5, 2018
    10
    I enjoyed watching first 8 episodes. Great opportunity to show that Carrey is not only a slapstick comedy actor but can play also in seriousI enjoyed watching first 8 episodes. Great opportunity to show that Carrey is not only a slapstick comedy actor but can play also in serious comedy drama. The series are great from the psychological point of view depicting "kind christian person" trying to be good to each and everyone from one side and toxic, hostile environment from the other side. Expand
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    8
    I'm not always a fan of Michel Gondry's work, but I loved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I'm very fond of (his second collaborationI'm not always a fan of Michel Gondry's work, but I loved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I'm very fond of (his second collaboration with Jim Carrey) Kidding.

    Frank Langella is great. Catherine Keener is great. Carrey is great. And, the child actor playing his son is way better than the vast majority of child actors...

    It's dark, and I like that. Robin Williams played a lot of dark roles later in his career. This reminds me, somewhat, of (the under-rated) Death to Smoochy... but I'm glad it's Carrey in the role and not Williams.

    Gondry's strange visual style suits the children's show format perfectly. He's able to be weird and experimental without bordering on pretentious (like the sub-conscious scene in Eternal Sunshine).

    This is a really solid show.
    It's not perfect, but it's certainly very good.
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  5. Oct 14, 2018
    8
    O elenco é brilhante, especialmente Carrey, Langella e Keener. O que mais me impressiona é a comédia insana, imprevisível e excitante. AsO elenco é brilhante, especialmente Carrey, Langella e Keener. O que mais me impressiona é a comédia insana, imprevisível e excitante. As histórias envoltas das personagens estão bem trabalhadas e tudo parece estar a correr bem. Pode ser que "Kidding" brilhe ainda mais em 2019. Expand
  6. Sep 2, 2018
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While you see that they're definitely building up to something in the long run the premiere episode of Kidding starring Jim Carrey is fairly mundane. Carrey stars as Jeff Piccirillo aka Mr Pickles a 'Mr Rogers' type character who struggles to grieve for his deceased son as his innocent and naive view of the world prevent him from processing his own anguish. As a result he becomes distant from his wife and surviving son and prefers to shy away from his grief and lose his sanity by by abandoning his Jeff identity who is sad and adapting the personality of his character Mr Pickles who is happy.

    Now this show is serviceable but its not exactly 'great television' and if the premiere episode is anything to go by, you can tell that the show will likely be extremely predicable. At the risk of being stoned to death i'll even argue that i didn't care much for Jim Carrey, sure there is some of the Jim Carrey essence here and there but it's not exactly him at his 'Truman show', 'Man on the Moon', 'Eternal sunshine' level. In fact he kinda looks bored from time to time like he didn't really care, though if we are judging by who looks like they don't give the biggest f*ck on this show it would have to go to Frank Langella hands down who seems like he is putting no effort in at all. Currently its difficult to really talk about the performances of the other characters considering there limited screen time in an already short 30 minute episode that really should have been 50 minute episode.

    On the brighter side props to the design crew however as the sets look terrific and add a genuine authenticity to the idea that this is a long withstanding children's show with memorabilia, puppets, and toys all given enough color and expression to really add depth to the show. Lyricists also deserve praise for the songs made for the show as they are both catchy and look as though they do belong in a Mr Rogers show.

    Kidding is an okay show but in its current state its forgettable television, nothing unexpected or amazing happens and everything happens as you imagine it would happen. Sure there are some good moments and some that try to make you sad and make you sympathize with the character by as it stands i'm just not invested in the show from a premiere episode that is supposed to 'wow' me and make me watch the whole season. I would recommend a watch of the first episode as its only 30 minutes so you can see if you like it, but this show still has a lot to prove.
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  7. Sep 16, 2018
    0
    Slow story, horrible acting,. Does a great job of putting me to sleep though! Jim Carrey needs to retire.

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