• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2022
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Sep 29, 2022
    75
    Scott Prendergast's script ably sets up the mother-son dynamic that is the lifeblood of the show. Harden and Astin do the rest, alternately annoying and looking out for each other. As they bicker, they find a pleasant rhythm that carries us through the case at hand.
  2. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Sep 29, 2022
    70
    The jury’s still out on whether the procedural part of So Help Me Todd will ever be a strong part of the show. But the chemistry between Harden and Astin, along with the deep story possibilities that the Wright family could generate, more than makes up for the lack of procedural heft.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Sep 28, 2022
    60
    "So Help Me Todd," a new series on CBS, is nothing if not a multitasker—it quacks like a comedy, walks like "Law & Order," swims like a social satire and flies, albeit awkwardly, past the pigeonholes. ... I was grateful for the third [episode]: It seemed to indicate the show was back on its freshly lain track and headed toward becoming whatever it's intended to become—"Murder, They Wrote," "We, the Jury," "Everybody Hates Todd," "This Might Be Us" or, better yet, something utterly original.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 29, 2022
    50
    Light legal drama that’s neither funny enough nor dramatic enough to make much of an impression.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Sep 26, 2022
    40
    The series’ framework depends on Joan and Todd learning to get along, but their constant bickering and dripping disdain makes their detentes less than persuasive. If “So Help Me Todd” can land on a consistent approach to its premise, it might settle into something more balanced. If not, though, it’ll remain more confusing than truly entertaining.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 29, 2022
    30
    Even by the standard of CBS dramas intended for partial attention, So Help Me Todd is flimsy. ... That the two lead performances are as heightened as they are, despite how bland the storytelling is around them, just makes Astin and Harden stand out all the more — never really for the worse, but never for the better.