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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 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: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  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: Kristen Baldwin
    Aug 24, 2018
    83
    Carrey does excel at transforming a character’s inner torment into outer hijinks--but for now, it’s a compelling story about the beauty, and difficulty, of giving your pain a name.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 6, 2018
    70
    Kidding is melancholy more often than laugh-out-loud funny, and well-acted even if some of its character development is lacking. More than anything else, it’s a showcase for Carrey.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 5, 2018
    63
    Initially sullen and bitter, Kidding improves as it goes along. At the very least, you get used to Jim Carrey as an ersatz Fred Rogers.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 7, 2018
    50
    The series' quirks don't translate to a rich cleverness, or create the heartbroken laughs that Kidding dreams of. For a show that's full of pain, on-screen talent and so much potential, Kidding is just not very special.
  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: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 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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  2. Oct 21, 2018
    10
    It gets better with every episode. Deals with emotions and feelings in a deeper unconventional way. Kudos to Carrey.
  3. 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
  4. Sep 16, 2018
    9
    This won't appeal to everyone, especially those expecting Jim Carrey's manic humor, but to me it is brilliant TV, a comedy/drama that is bothThis won't appeal to everyone, especially those expecting Jim Carrey's manic humor, but to me it is brilliant TV, a comedy/drama that is both dark and perceptive with frequent laughs to brighten the mood. Carrey and Frank Langella head an excellent cast that I expect will draw Emmy attention next year. Expand
  5. Sep 25, 2018
    8
    Carrey is no stranger to portraying these kinds of characters which is slightly reminiscent of Hank in 'Me Myself & Irene' where his kind andCarrey is no stranger to portraying these kinds of characters which is slightly reminiscent of Hank in 'Me Myself & Irene' where his kind and normal self is suppressing the cruelty given to him by the world around him.
    In 'Kidding' the seldom shock scenes in nearly each episode make for engaging interest and show that the writers have no fear in testing how far or wild this ride could go while its purpose is to deliver a wholesome message of being strong and seeing the bright side of dealing with tragedies.
    The cast is good but these are roles that can be played by a lot of actors, whereas Carrey is really carrying the show taking on yet another role that's got some good exercise in it for him.
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  6. Sep 28, 2018
    7
    Great series with great comedian
    Please read my REVIEW here:
    http://40cheragh.org/?p=5210
  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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