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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 24, 2019
    88
    A fearless, unapologetic, equal opportunity offender — sometimes going to near absurdist lengths in shining a spotlight on racial and cultural and societal issues, but never in mean-spirited fashion, and always in the interest of keeping us laughing. And thinking.
  2. Reviewed by: Jacob Oller
    Jul 24, 2019
    87
    Even if their A and B-plots don’t always match up as thematically as hoped (and some jokes feel like placeholders for better-written alternatives that never materialized), there’s always something in each episode to keep you hooked and keep you surprised.
  3. Reviewed by: Tambay Obenson
    Jul 23, 2019
    83
    Although much of the show’s humor draws from the disarray and claustrophobia of Rent-T-Own, this delightful mix of at-times painfully awkward moments, sincere emotion, and hilarious workplace antics make all these characters endearing.
  4. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Aug 12, 2019
    80
    The mood is dark-humored but not grim, because the show is stuffed with slapstick and sharp quips, slowly building a varied ensemble. ... Even minor characters—like the dead-eyed, constantly texting office manager, Stacy, played with droll lassitude by Salahuddin’s sister Zuri—have their own story arcs and funny quirks.
  5. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Jul 9, 2019
    80
    Welcome to South Side, where every laugh feels like a private in-joke between the writers and the audience, and every frame an absurdist love song to the inner-city Chicago neighborhoods of Salahuddin’s origins.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 23, 2019
    70
    [“South Side's”] scenes and episodes don’t build (at least not in any intricate or surprising way) but skip along from joke to joke, verbally and visually. Luckily, the jokes come along quickly and are mostly pretty good.
  7. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jul 18, 2019
    70
    South Side is the more conventional of the two [shows - the other, IFC's Sherman’s Showcase], with all the rapid-fire jokes and zany digressions of a Tina Fey joint. ... Though Showcase is more allusive and ambitious than South Side, both shows are funny.

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