• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 26, 2019

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 26, 2019
    These characters share both a commitment to depicting the various constituencies in the real Sunnyside and a half-sour cynicism that makes the show’s political calculus feel real and intriguing. ... As a depiction of activism and making change, the promising “Sunnyside” pilot makes a strong case that it begins with one’s neighbors, and builds out a neighborhood well worth watching.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 26, 2019
    The pilot is smart and funny in ways that shows aren’t often right out of the gate. Anchored by someone who actually knows a thing or two about politics, “Sunnyside” proves a perfect fit for Kal Penn, the rare TV vet who can also boast of having worked in the White House.
  3. Reviewed by: Sulagna Misra
    Sep 26, 2019
    Despite that onscreen and offscreen talent, Sunnyside arrives undercooked. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t moments of charm and wit; one of the great things about an ensemble show, and the convoluted way they come together, is that there’s lots of room for surprise.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Sep 30, 2019
    Sunnyside is a work in progress. As we saw with The Good Place and Parks & Rec in their first seasons, Schur has the confidence to put what he has on the screen and work with it as the show goes along.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 23, 2019
    The second new NBC show this fall to give a bit of a “Community” vibe, just not as funny as that pilot was. But the “Sunnyside” study group characters offer promise for bigger laughs to come.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 23, 2019
    Any comedy series braided with sunny idealism as this one is needs to decide what's more important: The idealism or the comedy? "Sunnyside's" pilot comes down on the side of idealism, leaving the sitcom part in some sort of listless, half-baked limboland. ... With showrunners from "Brooklyn 911" (Mike Schur) and "Community" (Matt Murray). They should figure this out. They usually do. In the meantime, the pilot has one reason to watch. Hint: It's in the title.
  7. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Sep 23, 2019
    Two siblings steal the show.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 26, 2019
    For a show that has its heart so completely in the right place and has such a decent cast, it's an unexpected slog and offers none of the visual distinctiveness director Oz Rodriguez brought to AP Bio. The parts I appreciated most were pulled from Penn's own Indian-American background, including the character's last name. Specific, but not funny. Still, his scenes with Deol are the best in the pilot.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 25, 2019
    The pilot has some of the loose rhythm of “Parks and Recreation” but not much of the cleverness. Garrett’s shallowness is shallowly drawn, and the study group he reluctantly takes on feels like a holding cell of immigrant clichés.
  10. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 29, 2019
    Despite Modi's manic presentation, Sunnyside resembles nothing so much as a 30-minute public-service spot for Catholic Legal Services or some other pro-bono law firm.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Sep 30, 2019
    Not sure why this is getting trashed by the critics. The show clearly knows where it is headed and the cast is very good. I found it to beNot sure why this is getting trashed by the critics. The show clearly knows where it is headed and the cast is very good. I found it to be funny despite trying to cover a lot of ground in the first episode. Full Review »