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Big Lake: Season 1 (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 8

Big Lake falls flat, overreaching in its effort to be unique and amusingly odd.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

Big Lake falls flat, overreaching in its effort to be unique and amusingly odd.

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Season Info

In this comedy's only season, disgraced Wall Street whiz kid Josh (Chris Gethard) slinks back to his parents' house in Big Lake, Pa., vowing to recoup his father's squandered retirement fund. After reuniting with childhood pal Glenn (Horatio Sanz) and a favorite teacher from high school (Chris Parnell), Josh attempts acts of redemption such as working at his father's restaurant, and persuading his family to attend group therapy.

Genre: Comedy

Network: Comedy Central

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 17, 2010

Josh Comes Home

In the premiere of this comedy about a disgraced Wall Street whiz kid who slinks back to his parents' house, Josh Franklin (Chris Gethard) vows to recoup his father's squandered retirement fund with help from an old friend and a former teacher. Meanwhile, Josh discovers his younger brother is not the model child he appears to be. Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell costar.

2
Air date: Aug 17, 2010

Lee Harvey Osworld

Glenn hatches an idea to turn his house into a museum when he believes that Lee Harvey Oswald used to live there. Meanwhile, Josh pinpoints a failed high-school history test as a turning point in his life.

3
Air date: Aug 24, 2010

Fad Diet

Glenn is surprised to find his new pet iguana is quite the friend magnet; a weight-loss plan could turn Cheddar Creek into the restaurant of Carl's dreams.

4
Air date: Aug 24, 2010

Chris Moves In

Chris tries living in his classroom after getting evicted from his home but eventually moves in with the Franklins, who seem to like him more than Josh.

5
Air date: Aug 31, 2010

Josh Goes to Work

Josh starts working at his father's restaurant, leaving Chris and Glenn no choice but to find a new friend who has more free time.

6
Air date: Aug 31, 2010

Jeremy Gets Caught

Josh hatches a plot to reveal Jeremy's secret life, leading to another level in the brothers' relationship after the younger one is exposed and punished.

7
Air date: Sep 7, 2010

Therapy

Josh persuades his family to go to group therapy when he determines that their dysfunction is what's making his life miserable, but an unlicensed analyst surprises him with an unexpected evaluation.

8
Air date: Sep 7, 2010

Chris Is Mayor for 24 Minutes

Chris experiences the highs and lows of politics when he serves as acting mayor for 24 minutes while the current one is under anesthesia for a colonoscopy. Meanwhile, Josh is steamed that Linda must pay a price for Jeremy's sins.

9
Air date: Sep 14, 2010

Chris Falls in Love

Chris considers quitting teaching until he finds unlikely inspiration---Mrs. Franklin---but the nature of their relationship doesn't go over well with Josh.

10
Air date: Sep 14, 2010

The Interview

In the first-season finale, Carl and Jeremy are elated when Josh gets a job offer in the financial industry from a former colleague, but the news has the opposite effect on Linda, Chris and Glenn.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (8)

Just sit back and wait for Lake to finish swirling and go gurgle gurgle down the drain, making room for something that's actually funny.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Not a bad premise for a comedic television show. But right now, problems abound.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's this discordant gimmick - uncomfortable humor set in the cozy confines of the mainstream American sitcom - that makes Big Lake worth checking out.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

It's just a flat traditional sitcom built around lazy, repetitive jokes and audience cackles. It's just bad.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

The show's writing, although not particularly innovative, is good, and the talented cast makes the most of it.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

The only truly inventive character in this subversive scenario is Josh's kid brother (Dylan Blue), whose adorably wholesome and lisping persona is a front for a scheming, gun-toting, pill-peddling villain.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

I might not believe for a moment that any of these people actually exist in nature, much less Pennsylvania, but Big Lake, with its wink and a nod to a format that always required suspension of disbelief, is at least more than willing to own its silliness.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It just plays like strung-together sketch comedy, working much harder for fewer rewards than if it added a little depth to the characters.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Big Lake is so bad that you're left wondering what went wrong - and whom to blame.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The show stands out for rallying against the typical sugar-coated sitcom, and it stands to reason that with parts as strong as it's started with, the whole is going to improve.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Comedy Central's stab at a multicamera sitcom, Big Lake, isn't merely bad. It's "Wow, how did that happen given who's involved?" bad.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Their [Gethard and Parnell] interplay, once things get moving, is appealing, if not quite compelling,

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Seriously, wouldn't you think, "same old/same old?" I did. Then it started, and I started to giggle. But by the second episode I was spitting diet Coke out of my nose.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Broadly limned, Big Lake works neither as a satire nor as an adventure in surrealist comedy, and it is tough to watch the strain for eccentricity.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

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