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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 2, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: The comedy from Bob Daily, Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan based on the Tracy Letts' play of the same name is about the relationship a Chicago donut shop owner (Judd Hirsch) has with his new younger employee (Jermaine Fowler) and his customers.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Feb 1, 2017
    75
    The flavor of Superior Donuts might be old-fashioned--but a baker’s dozen of the sitcom might do the trick.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 27, 2017
    75
    The writing is nicely peppered with contemporary references, but, more to the point, effective character-based humor. In other words, this show is funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 31, 2017
    70
    The Superior Donuts recipe is as old as doughnuts--or Cheers, to which it's far from ready to be compared, but it's also just topical enough to feel fresh.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 31, 2017
    58
    Superior Donuts may well get stale in a hurry. But it’s on a network that somehow has kept the idiotic and likewise eatery-themed 2 Broke Girls on the air for an astonishing six seasons. And this one is better than that.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Feb 1, 2017
    50
    The staging is suffocatingly old-school: Stand up, deliver laugh line, walk to other side of shop for no reason other than to make room for the next character to stand and deliver. That’s not to say that the material isn’t moderately amusing.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 31, 2017
    42
    Reminiscent of “Chico and the Man” (the mid-’70s NBC sitcom about a cranky garage owner and his Chicano employee), but it also aspires to a contemporary relevance--but manages only a weary crustiness.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Jan 30, 2017
    25
    This is a formulaic, laugh-track comedy that wastes the talents of its actors--Katey Sagal is a sharp-tongued Chicago cop--who deliver inane, see-them-coming-from-a-mile-away one-liners.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 14, 2017
    7
    It's no Seinfeld, M.A.S.H., or Cheers, but it's pretty funny and is keeping me entertained. I'm hoping the stories and characters develop.It's no Seinfeld, M.A.S.H., or Cheers, but it's pretty funny and is keeping me entertained. I'm hoping the stories and characters develop. I'll keep watching for a while, anyway. Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2017
    5
    'Superior Donuts' has some funny jokes and a very talented cast. However, everything seems so rushed that it falls to gain momentum. Despite'Superior Donuts' has some funny jokes and a very talented cast. However, everything seems so rushed that it falls to gain momentum. Despite this, it is still worth taking a look. Expand
  3. Mar 6, 2017
    4
    While there are some amusing comedic moments, the overall show is just another situation comedy aided by a laugh track and standardWhile there are some amusing comedic moments, the overall show is just another situation comedy aided by a laugh track and standard one-liners. Judd Hirsch can be funny, as he proved in Taxi, when surrounded by a talented cast. Unfortunately Hirsch doesn't have the "Sunshine Cab Company" ensemble with this show. Instead of "Superior Donuts" the donuts are a bit stale. Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2017
    4
    I like Judd Hirsch and I tuned in just to see him.
    Sadly, this show is not nearly good enough to give it a pass.
    It feels too calculated and
    I like Judd Hirsch and I tuned in just to see him.
    Sadly, this show is not nearly good enough to give it a pass.
    It feels too calculated and uninspired. An old white guy with a young fast talking black guy.
    Felt a little too stereotypical.
    If it just were funny enough, I could have accepted all that, but it isn't.
    It's run of the mill, a couple of oneliners and that's it.
    Katey Sagal is in it, but she doesn't get good lines or a lot to do.
    David Koechner is a bit more lucky, getting better lines.
    I liked Maz Jobrani, though.
    Still, the main characters and the supporting cast can't pull the show out of its mediocrity, to say it kindly.
    Next!
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  5. Jul 9, 2018
    3
    Corporate laugh track production. Bland and not very funny. Providing work for 2nd stream comedy (sic) actors. A reminder that actors will doCorporate laugh track production. Bland and not very funny. Providing work for 2nd stream comedy (sic) actors. A reminder that actors will do anything for money.. Expand

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