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Hello Ladies: Season 1 (2013)

Seasons:
1

tomatometer

52

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 11

Stephen Merchant is an intelligent performer, but Hello Ladies is largely a squirm-inducing comedy that lacks the empathy of his best work.

33

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

Stephen Merchant is an intelligent performer, but Hello Ladies is largely a squirm-inducing comedy that lacks the empathy of his best work.

audience

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Average Rating: 4.3/5
User Ratings: 84

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Season Info

In his first starring series role, Stephen Merchant portrays Stuart, a web designer who recently relocated to LA from England in hopes of finding excitement, romance, and maybe even a soul mate. Working out of his LA home, Stuart has an easy rapport with an attractive roommate named Jessica, though it is clear she's not romantically interested in him. Half as charming as he thinks he is ? and twice as desperate ? Stuart is obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people, and

Network: HBO

Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Pilot

Stuart treats his friends to an awkward evening at a posh nightclub's opening in the premiere of this comedy series about an English Web designer in Los Angeles who mistakenly fancies himself a ladies' man and social climber.

2
Air date: Oct 6, 2013

The Limo

'The Limo.' (Season One) Stuart looks to win over Jessica's friends by commandeering a limo Wade hired to impress his estranged wife. Ends 12/02

3
Air date: Oct 13, 2013

The Date

'The Date.' (Season One) Stuart asks out a yoga-studio employee; Glenn gets Jessica an audition; Wade institutes an emergency-alert system. Ends 12/02

4
Air date: Oct 20, 2013

The Dinner

'The Dinner.' (Season One) As Stuart hits the gay-club circuit with Jessica, Wade and Kives have fun in Stuart's apartment. Ends 12/02

5
Air date: Oct 27, 2013

Pool Party

'Pool Party.' (Season One) Stuart plans an epic pool party; Jessica befriends a 19-year-old homeless girl. Ends 12/02

6
Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Long Beach

'Long Beach.' (Season One) Stuart has a night on the town in Long Beach; Wade tries to win back Marion; Jessica evaluates her life. Ends 12/02

7
Air date: Nov 10, 2013

The Wedding

'The Wedding.' (Season One) Stuart is disappointed with the seating plan at a wedding; Jessica frets about the result of a major audition. Ends 12/02

8
Air date: Nov 17, 2013

The Drive

'The Drive.' (Season One Finale) Stuart brags about his date with Kimberly; Jessica relishes that the tables have turned with Amelia. Ends 12/02

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (11)

Fans of Merchant's usual schtick will find much to like, but this brand of cringe comedy has grown dated and predictable. Still, the lanky funnyman has terrific comic timing and delivery, and the show gets a pass. Just.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Not ground breaking, but nice. Which sounds less enthusiastic than I meant it to. It's very likable.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

If Gervais' antics in The Office and Extras struck your funny bone in a positive way, you might find Merchant's first big Ricky-free foray to be a towering comedy achievement.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Free Press

Merchant doesn't have something to offer. He's proven time and again to have a spot-on wit and flawless delivery, and hopefully Hello Ladies lives up to his legacy.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Shallow protagonist hits the clubs to find love -- and sex.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Merchant goes solo with Hello Ladies and the result is a series that would have been a whole lot funnier if the cringe-worthy comedy conceit didn't feel completely played out.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Hello Ladies doesn't quite pull off the trick of making Stuart someone you want to spend week after week seeing.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

This is funny and awkward in a way that has served Merchant throughout his career, but it's not much more than that.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The show gets at [its] theme by making smart use of its Los Angeles setting.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The execution of every one of these parts is excellent, with no unnecessary exposition or forced situations.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Hello Ladies is a diverting curiosity, nice to look at and good for a few squirmy laughs.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Hello Ladies is awfully obvious, shooting phony fish in the Hollywood barrel.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Hello Ladies has several funny moments in its premiere episode, but it's another comedy strictly for viewers who like to squirm at bad behavior.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As a self-important shlepper without any bottom line redemptive qualities, Stuart deserves what's coming to him.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

I'm not sure Hello Ladies meant for us to root quite so much for the ladies.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

It's hard to commiserate with [Merhcant], much less laugh.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

If you like this kind of stuff, Hello Ladies will make you laugh. It will also make you squirm.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Hello Ladies shines a light on [Stephen] Merchant's comic role in the partnership, but it lacks the humanity of most of his earlier work, and it's in service of a character type who's long since outlived his usefulness.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

Despite clever and uncomfortable moments, Ladies falls short of the pay-TV plateau, and paired with the "Is that still on?" half-hour Eastbound & Down, doesn't appear worthy of behind-the-velvet-rope access.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

It's a bumpy ride, but at its best, Hello Ladies understands the demoralizing fear that turns so many men into insufferable jerk-offs.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Since Merchant is a gifted writer and performer, the series is diverting and funny, but the character and situations are too familiar.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

The Brit [Stephen Merchant] does a toe-curling turn - almost to a fault.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

We wincingly follow along as Stuart tries to get into exclusive clubs and then makes all the wrong moves on cruelly indifferent women. It's as if "Entourage" had a nightmare.

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

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