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Dads: Season 1 (2013-2014)




Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 37

A near-total disaster, Dads makes the fatal mistake of believing its racist gags can lend an edge to its aggressively predictable writing and unlikable characters.


Average Rating: 2.5/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 20

A near-total disaster, Dads makes the fatal mistake of believing its racist gags can lend an edge to its aggressively predictable writing and unlikable characters.



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Season Info

Best friends Eli Sachs (Seth Green) and Warner Whittemore (Giovanni Ribisi) are two successful video-game developers who simultaneously make the decision to take in their hard-to-live-with fathers in the first season of this sitcom. Single Eli is slow to warm to having his sarcastic and often offensive dad David (Peter Riegert) eating his food, watching his TV, fighting with his maid Edna (Tonita Castro) and ragging on his prized collection of pop culture memorabilia and comic books. Meanwhile,

Network: FOX

Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2013




Air date: Sep 17, 2013


Eli and Warner are business partners - and childhood best friends - whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck dads, David and Crawford, move in with them. -- (C) Fox

Air date: Sep 24, 2013

Heckuva Job, Brownie

S1Ep2, Heckuva Job, Brownie: Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) and Eli (Seth Green) battle over baked goods with their dads. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Oct 1, 2013

Clean on Me

S1Ep3, Clean On Me: Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) borrows Eli's (Seth Green) housekeeper, Edna (Tonita Castro).DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Oct 8, 2013

Funny Girl

S1Ep4, Funny Girl: Eli starts dating Veronica's friend, Anne (guest star Allison Munn), an attractive, but somewhat annoying comedian, and he agrees to move in with her just to spite David. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Oct 15, 2013


The doctor is in. (C) Fox

Air date: Oct 15, 2013

My Dad's Hotter Than Your Dad

Warner hires an older woman as the new office assistant hoping that Eli won't mess things up by making a move on her. However, he didn't predict that he'd be dealing with Crawford and David vying for her affection.

Air date: Nov 5, 2013

Foul Play

S1Ep7, Foul Play: David accidentally brings bedbugs into the house. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Nov 12, 2013

Doubles Trouble

S1Ep8, Doubles Trouble: Warner decides to let Camila be his partner in the annual Virtual Tennis Tournament. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Nov 19, 2013

Comic Book Issues

S1Ep9, Comic Book Issues: David shows little respect for Eli's comic book collection. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Nov 26, 2013

Dad Abuse

S1Ep10, Dad Abuse: Eli and Warner cause their dads to be placed in a foster care home. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Dec 3, 2013

The Glitch That Stole Christmas

S1Ep11, The Glitch That Stole Christmas: Eli and Warner fire a game designer who gets revenge by including an offensive word in their new family-friendly Christmas game. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Jan 7, 2014

Mister Edna

Warner plans a shotgun wedding. (C) FOX

Air date: Jan 14, 2014

Eli Nightingale

S1Ep13, Eli Nightingale: When Veronica gets sick, Eli takes care of her in hopes that his kindness will make her want to sleep with him. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Jan 21, 2014

Bully Gene

S1Ep14, Bully Gene: Eli dates a single mom (guest star Jamie-Lynn Sigler) whose son, Gene (guest star Joshua Erenberg), is a bully. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Jan 28, 2014

Baby Face

S1Ep15, Baby Face: When Camila goes out of town to visit her sister, Warner sends Crawford (and David) to a hotel, so he can have his first family-free weekend in years. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Feb 4, 2014

Warner's Got It Made

S1Ep16, Warner's Got It Made: Eli and Warner work to develop a new mafia-themed game. DADS airs Tuesdays on FOX.

Air date: Feb 11, 2014

Enemies of Bill

Crawford accidentally ruins the Whittemores' couch. (C) FOX

Air date: Feb 11, 2014

Have a Heart?Attack

Eli ignores David's constant complaining. (C) FOX

Air date:

Jerk in the Box

S1 Ep19, Jerk in the Box: After a near death experience, David decides to throw himself a fake funeral and the whole gang attends. DADS is available on FOX NOW, Hulu, VOD and other digital platforms.

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (37)

Instead of feeling provocative (like maybe Girls or Louie) this network-TV version has taken MacFarlane's deeply edgy humor and combined it with a laugh track (say whaa?), making it feel like an awkward 90's sitcom.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Bigotry by helpless losers looks like the sad, impotent venting it is.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap

Dads is a whiny, mean-spirited sitcom about two grown men who spend most of their time blaming their fathers for everything wrong in their lives.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Why does Dads feel like it was dreamed up during one long, hateful weekend at someone's Orange County beach house, scribbled down on the back of a Hooters receipt, and then messengered over to the network on the back of a Red Bull truck?

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland

To have both-and thus 100 percent of- the dads on the show be incredibly racist in such overt ways misrepresents Baby Boomers, and also does not differentiate the characters enough.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

It crawls along like the comedy equivalent of a sick animal looking for a place to die, and Fox certainly should put it out of its misery.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Who is responsible for the flagrantly unfunny bricolage of stereotypes that is FOX's Dads?

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Based on the jaw-droppingly unfunny pilot, though, there are plenty of other demographics that can and should be offended by this fall's worst new comedy series.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Just don't watch it. For real.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

There's not much to say about this retro stink bomb, with its overly eager laugh track and broad-but-not-funny humor, [it] might have been a better fit on CBS.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

The jokes go for the easiest, broadest possible targets, and they land with an almost audible thud.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

Dads is bad because it's intellectually lazy, which means all the offensive elements exist on a surface level with nothing to support their inclusion.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

Dads is so unfunny that we have plenty of time to contemplate how distasteful the show really is.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

With such a superior comedy cast, it's deplorable how far this badly written and directed show has dragged them down.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Alas, there is no hope for Dads, an obvious sitcom that plays on racist stereotypes and isn't at all funny.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A cast this good... deserves more than the raucous studio laughter that warmed-over bigotry generates.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

There are some funny lines, but not nearly enough. Material that is meant to be anarchic mostly comes across as obvious and boorish.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

This charmless misfire from Seth MacFarlane's camp reminds us that what might be funny in the mouths of sardonic cartoon characters often falls flat when delivered by actual so-called human beings.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Don't fall for Fox's gambit. The show isn't exactly "reprehensible," but it is definitely "tired," "forced," "predictable," "lazy" - choose your own critical adjective that means "bad."

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

From the premise -- two older fathers have to move in with their younger, hipper sons -- on down, everything in Dads reeks of having been pulled out of the back of the fridge.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

If the two whiny sons and their equally unlikable fathers aren't enough to push you away, the boorish childishness of the show's obvious efforts to offend should do the trick.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Dads is not only bad but already famous for being bad.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

The typical retort when one objects to this sort of thing is that it's all in fun and your fault if you can't take a joke... That is a kind of wishful thinking, of course. Some jokes are just tired and bad.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The writing on Dads is so straight-up horrendous that one wouldn't be surprised to see it in the middle of a Family Guy episode as an attempt by MacFarlane to satirize bad sitcom writing.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

Dads is rigorously gender-neutral in its anti-Asian slanders.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

Seth MacFarlane's new Fox sitcom, Dads, doesn't need to be less offensive. It needs to be funnier.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

At the expense of many enjoyable performers, FOX throws its hat (back) into the lewd, crude sitcom ring.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Someone out there will like Dads -- just don't be too surprised if you're not among them.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday

Dads, a show about two annoying grown men's extremely fraught and contentious relationships with their two unbearable fathers, is sourer than fermented lemonade, and that's before it turns acrid with the taste of casual racism.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate

It's the sitcom equivalent of "Pull my finger": crude, outdated, and immodestly proposed.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Even with such dreadful scripts and the phony noise of canned laughter, the four reasons to kind of watch maybe a little of Dads are the core actors... They deserve much, much better, and so do we.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

What's galling is the utter absence of originality, spirit or even new jokes.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Dads looks like something you'd pick out of an infected cyst.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

The main problem is how the series traffics in predictable, played-out gags, from the videogame setting to the crazy-old-coots conceit that's become such a popular way of allowing more desirable demos to laugh (hopefully, but not likely) at their elders.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety

Oh dear, does the talented cast of Dads deserve better material to work with.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Everyone associated with this show - with the exception of MacFarlane - deserves better.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Just when we're starting to empathize with the characters, one of them says something tasteless that would be unremarkable coming out of the mouth of, say, Peter Griffin but that is offensive spoken by a real live actor in a relationship-driven comedy.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

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