There ought to be a place even in a pacifist's heart for a show as warm and playful as this one.
For me, Enlisted's charm is its ability to organically blend serious plotlines with goofball humour, and to generate laughs out of the most innocuous subjects.
Compared with its network competition, Enlisted is a qualified success. Fox should give it time to earn a promotion to a better time slot.
The soldiers' incompetence remains Enlisted's go-to gag, even as it gestures toward the complexities of family dynamics, whether blood-related or more broadly, in the military as family.
| Original Score: 3/10
It's a high jinks-heavy but psychology-driven show that wants to please a general audience while also seeming halfway credible to viewers who've served in the armed forces or know somebody who has.
There's a good energy to their chemistry, and the first episodes of Enlisted crackles along agreeably enough.
Enlisted is sweet and funny (Young especially is a riot here).
It's a surprisingly touching and layered comedy that's wildly entertaining.
| Original Score: 4/5
The show is silly, sweet, sad, and ultimately life-affirming without ever descending into maudlin slop.
Even when you're not laughing out loud at the clever one-liners, and there are plenty, you'll be smiling at Enlisted's overflowing charm.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Enlisted's gotten off to a good start - helping us all realize that, despite careworn plots, being funny is as simple as the writing.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
It might be easier to enjoy Enlisted if it were clear in what era, or universe, it's supposed to be taking place.
| Original Score: 2/4
I didn't laugh much at Enlisted... but maybe you will.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It works surprisingly well as sort of a Community in camouflage fronted.
| Original Score: B
I wasn't expecting much from Enlisted based on the Fox promos, but it's immediately engaging and funny and makes you want to watch more as this world grows and the comedy increases its potential, much in the manner of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Enlisted earns its modest Stripes (a clear influence here) with unexpected sweetness amid the wacky shenanigans.
It has a sneaky kind of goofy charm that grows on you.
Like its noncombat soldiers, Enlisted may not be taking big shots. But it knows what it is, and it's proud to serve.
The show is remarkably, refreshingly funny, particularly when it gets a large number of its ensemble cast members together to bounce their odd personalities off one another.
| Original Score: B+
Enlisted is not groundbreaking comedy, but it's dependable and heartfelt - and sometimes that's all you need in your foxhole.