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Dads: Season 1 (2013-2014)

Seasons:

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 134

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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, … More

Network:
FOX
Premiere Date:
Sep 17, 2013

Cast

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Episodes

1
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

2
Air date: Sep 24, 2013

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

3
Air date: Oct 1, 2013

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

4
Air date: Oct 8, 2013

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.

5
Air date: Oct 15, 2013

The doctor is in. (C) Fox

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Critic Reviews for Dads: Season 1

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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
E! Online

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

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
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?

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2013
Television Without Pity

Just don't watch it. For real.

Full Review… | September 18, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Zap2it.com

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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Zap2it.com

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Under the Radar

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
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."

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013

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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
USA Today

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
HollywoodChicago.com
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Miami Herald

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
New York Daily News

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

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
IGN Movies

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

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
Slate

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

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle

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

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Washington Post

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

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
Common Sense Media
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2013
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