• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 16, 2022
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jan 14, 2022
    100
    A superb and instantly engrossing work, with Everett delivering a knockout performance as Sam.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Lopez
    Jan 13, 2022
    100
    Everett and Hiller are the dominant forces within “Somebody Somewhere,” but the supporting cast is compelling. ... If you’ve ever just driven around with your bestie on a Sunday looking for something to do, and what you did was boring but you two connected, “Somebody Somewhere” captures the singularity of that experience.
  3. Reviewed by: Ciara Wardlow
    Jan 14, 2022
    90
    “Somebody Somewhere” is a true masterclass in not just crafting authentic, nuanced characters and building a fully engrossing world, but also naturalistic dialogue. ... Across the board, the characters so endearing that their charm does a great deal to obfuscate the show’s flaws, particularly a mid-season plot that teeters on the edge of overly sparse. Plotlines fade in and out or even disappear entirely.
  4. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jan 14, 2022
    90
    The draw of a warm and moving drama like this is experiencing the texture of Sam’s environs and the meaningful moments between the characters, and the seven half-hour episodes give the story room to breathe and unfurl at its own leisurely pace.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 13, 2022
    90
    A lovely addition to this genre [low-concept character portraits], which, importantly, is not afraid to focus on the challenges and freedoms that come with middle age.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 13, 2022
    90
    Lovely and eccentric. ... “Somebody Somewhere” can be generous to a fault, in that Sam’s struggle gets lost at times as other stories in the ensemble are foregrounded. But I see this broad focus mostly as a strength, giving the season a depth (over a quick seven episodes) that feels as if it could sustain the series for a long run.
  7. Reviewed by: Angie Han
    Jan 11, 2022
    90
    Blessed with an eagle eye for detail, a laid-back sense of humor and a disarming sense of compassion, Somebody Somewhere is a mostly low-key delight that occasionally spills over into sheer exuberance.
  8. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Jan 18, 2022
    80
    Bridget Everett’s subtle and charming performance is just one reason we like Somebody Somewhere. The first episode also does a good job setting up a great ensemble that we look forward to getting to know.
  9. Reviewed by: Adrian Horton
    Jan 14, 2022
    80
    A spiky and endearing seven-part HBO series.
  10. 80
    It’s a confident story about a woman who lacks confidence, full of the pleasure and tentative uncertainty of new adult friendships, with only brief swerves into sentimentality.
  11. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 7, 2022
    80
    Sam’s spikiness, and her struggle to cope with the reality of being herself, makes “Somebody Somewhere” feel fresh.
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 7, 2022
    70
    Very little happens over the course of the seven-episode season, but this is the point. ... The smallness of the stories helps capture the aimlessness Sam feels — noting that she and Joel are already in their forties, she suggests of their dreams, “It’s not going to happen, and it’s definitely not going to happen here” — while making the little victories and minor defeats ring out much more loudly than if Sam’s life were a nonstop thrill ride. [Jan 2022, p.73]
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Jan 20, 2022
    10
    Love this show. Everett is so strong and the writing is really good. Supporting cast are all really good.