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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 16, 2018
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  • Summary: Actor-turned-acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) and his agent/friend Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin) deal with ageing and living in Los Angeles in the Chuck Lorre comedy.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 8, 2018
    100
    Lorre achieves a deeply personal best in this lovingly crafted, wise and wisecrackingly bittersweet bromance between a legendary acting coach (Michael Douglas) and his powerful Hollywood agent (Alan Arkin). [12-25 Nov 2018, p.10]
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Nov 15, 2018
    83
    Arkin is a cinch Emmy nominee for his contributions and Douglas may well find himself along for that ride. The scenes with the acting class students for the most part don’t work as well. ... Viewers of a certain age may well respond with knowing head nods to the age-old predicaments that Sandy and Norman find themselves in. But the series might also have some traction with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Nov 6, 2018
    80
    This eight-episode comedy takes some of what works best about Mom into a single-camera format, finding a way to laugh both at and with its main characters while still letting them retain most of their dignity. ... Arkin's performance is his best since Little Miss Sunshine and perhaps some time before that, one perfectly timed droll deadpan after another. And with wry incredulity, Douglas plays entirely different, complementary notes.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Nov 15, 2018
    80
    For the most part, however, Lorre’s sense of humor stings and zings, in ways that both honor and broaden his sitcom achievements. If there’s a joke to be had, Lorre will make it; in this case, that sort of predictability is reassuring and enjoyable. The show is snarky but personable, with most of the pleasure coming from Arkin and Douglas’s expert depiction of that rarest of things--a frank and honest friendship between two men.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Nov 12, 2018
    60
    There is no shortage of chuckles along the way, but the hit-and-miss nature of the writing keeps the series from staying on track as it heads for moments both humorous and poignant.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 14, 2018
    50
    The Kominsky Method isn’t a disaster; it has a certain warm-bath appeal, if you don’t mind a thick foam of prostate jokes. But it is adrift in a bland netherworld between Lorre’s precision-tooled, laugh-a-minute network comedies and the quieter aesthetic of the alt-sitcom, lacking the strengths of either.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 15, 2018
    25
    Because Kominsky is so blue and so tin-eared, when it tries to draw close to anything resembling real human emotion, it emotionally founders then sinks without a trace. ... Creaky and leaky.

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