• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 11, 2018

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Dana Schwartz
    Nov 5, 2018
    You'll laugh out loud at the characters' misery and awkwardness, and then feel awful for doing so. Like Davis herself, the show is like nothing else you've seen. [9 Nov 2018, p.50]
  2. Reviewed by: Malcolm Venable
    Nov 12, 2018
    Julia Davis impressively keeps believable the more outrageous she gets. All this is imbued with the muted, knowing style of humor the Brits love so much and do so well, and fans of that style will enjoy this to bits.
  3. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Nov 12, 2018
    Potentially cataclysmic. I’m not certain U.S. viewers are--or will ever be--ready. ... The funniest moments in Sally4Ever, though, tend to be not so outrageous. They’re the way Emma pronounces “Pilates” (pill-ah-tez), and the face Sally makes watching David’s a cappella group sing George Michael’s “Faith,” and the robotic selfie stick that appears in one scene out of nowhere. ... These interludes aren’t scandalizing so much as hilarious and horrifying in equal measure, just like Davis intended.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Nov 9, 2018
    A wonderfully sinister look at what happens when a mostly unhappy person in a mostly unhappy life opens the door to a manic pixie dream girl who also happens to be toxically awful and hard to shake upon further inspection. ... Davis is always doing something audacious with her comedy and it works because she doesn't ever blink or water it down, or laden it with sympathy. She's the master of how to do unlikable characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Nov 9, 2018
    Characters as fully rounded as Emma and Sally, drawn to one another despite each one’s manifold flaws, could not be made to feel so complete had they not been written and performed by people who felt a certain amount of love for them. Like the very best characters, both are perpetually consistent and yet retain the capability to surprise. ... Its piquancy in service of characters and relationships makes it the funniest new show of the fall, and the stateside arrival of a voice whose brashness makes clear how overdue it is to break out.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 12, 2018
    [Julia Davis'] work is dark and acid, bold to the point of abandon, and never sentimental. It's the antithesis of heartwarming, but it can leave you feeling oddly refreshed, like a bracing chill wind.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Nov 8, 2018
    The true stars here, though, are the failings of human nature. Sally4Ever is the kind of comedy so dark it pushes straight through bleakness to a morality-play clarity: It’s an unflattering, fluorescent light on the manifestations of human self-interest and weakness. This works better than HBO’s translation of “Camping.”
  8. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Nov 12, 2018
    Sally4Ever isn’t necessarily bursting apart established conventions, but some moments challenge a person’s appetite. Although Davis draws our focus with her character’s outrageous selfishness, Shepherd is tasked with carrying Sally4Ever simply by reacting to all the attention in a way any sensible person would. ... Her subdued performance is a welcome counterbalance to Emma’s audacious egomania and David’s simpering foolery.
  9. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Nov 8, 2018
    It’s not quite as consistently funny as that discomfort-inducing work [the original Office], though it does get more amusing as it goes on.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 7, 2018
    The laughs Sally4Ever provides--and there are big ones--come precisely because Emma, David and the rest are so terrible in such exaggerated fashion. ... But I was already wearying of it by the third episode, because Emma is that unapologetically appalling. This problem is one of sensibility rather than execution, and Sally4Ever certainly commits to its goals. The next two Sunday nights on HBO will do a nice job of illustrating some of the core differences between comedy here versus over there.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 9, 2018
    Too uneven in tone to recommend a committed viewing relationship.
  12. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Nov 9, 2018
    Three episodes into this seven-part season, it remains unclear what all this horrible awkwardness and explosions of bowels add up to--how much art can be found in the squicky craft of an evil clown.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. Nov 14, 2018
    Julia Davis on HBO? Yes!
    I have a feeling this show will be misunderstood by a US audience. For the rest of us, hooray, more classic Julia
    Julia Davis on HBO? Yes!
    I have a feeling this show will be misunderstood by a US audience. For the rest of us, hooray, more classic Julia Davis on the small screen. This show is right up there with her past gross-out style but after watching the first three episodes it's promising to be her best yet.
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  2. Nov 13, 2018
    The Pilot has me ROLLING. The two female leads are revelations, and the jilted male fiancee is so gnarly, so gross, and he nails theThe Pilot has me ROLLING. The two female leads are revelations, and the jilted male fiancee is so gnarly, so gross, and he nails the performance perfectly. This is a must-watch series so far, in my opinion. Full Review »
  3. Jan 1, 2019
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I've seen Catherine Shepherd in cameo appearances on other shows and as an annoying activist in interviews on television... I don't like her, but I can tolerate her when the show / movie is worth watching. Her character in The IT Crowd was annoying, but tolerable as a once-off character.

    Julian Barratt is great and I mainly checked this show out because he was first-billed on Google.

    Sally4Ever is a show about a sexually unsatisfied woman who is in a depressing relationship with a castrated weirdo. So, she sneaks out at night and has hot lesbian sex... Catherine Shepherd is a lesbian. She also plays a lesbian on television (in fiction and non-fiction). I assume Julia Davis is also a lesbian? Or maybe she just knows that it sells to put four breasts on the screen and make a mockery of men.

    This could never work as comedy if you swapped the genders and it was about a guy who is engaged to some loser woman while having sex with some other guy... It wouldn't work, because the character is too reprehensible for it to be comedic.

    Brokeback Mountain wasn't a comedy, obviously, but I don't understand how it functioned as a drama, either. I don't care about sexual preference. Being a **** person is being a **** person. I don't want to normalise awful behaviour by empathising with these characters. Why doesn't she just leave him? Why didn't she leave him years ago?

    I'm tired of watching shows about human garbage.

    This show isn't for me.
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