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Life's Too Short: Season 1 (2011)

Seasons:
1

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55

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 15

Life's Too Short is enjoyably crass, but borrows heavily from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's previous work.

62

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 5

Life's Too Short is enjoyably crass, but borrows heavily from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's previous work.

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 14

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Season Info

This mockumentary follows the life and work of actor and little person Warwick Davis, whose career isn't what it used to be since the days of "Willow" and "Star Wars." Making matters worse are a crumbling marriage and money troubles brought on by an inept accountant. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant costar, playing themselves. The star-studded season features appearances by Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp and Liam Neeson.

Network: HBO

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Episodes

1
Air date: Feb 19, 2012

Episode One

'Episode 1.' Series Premiere. Warwick Davis seeks advice from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Ends 05/07

2
Air date: Feb 26, 2012

Episode Two

'Episode 2.' (Season One) Warwick makes an appearance at a 'Star Wars'-themed wedding, and is hired to help Johnny Depp. Ends 05/07

3
Air date: Mar 4, 2012

Episode Three

'Episode 3.' (Season One) Warwick launches a website and takes a role opposite Helena Bonham Carter. Ends 05/07

4
Air date: Mar 11, 2012

Episode Four

'Episode 4.' (Season One) During messy divorce negotiations, Warwick seeks personal advice from Ricky and Stephen. Ends 05/07

5
Air date: Mar 18, 2012

Episode Five

'Episode 5.' (Season One) Warwick looks for spiritual guidance and embarks on a quest to find a new partner. Ends 12/30

6
Air date: Mar 25, 2012

Episode Six

'Episode 6.' (Season One) Warwick attempts to throw a celebrity-filled party in order to impress his date and his ex. Ends 12/30

7
Air date: Apr 8, 2012

Episode Seven

'Episode 7.' (Season One) In the Season One finale, Warwick tangles with Sting at a celebrity charity event. Ends 05/07

8
Air date: Jul 5, 2013

Special

Warwick Davis is a changed man with a new outlook and a film opportunity in this series finale of the HBO comedy series 'Life's Too Short.' Ends 07/15

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (15)

Life may be short, but this comedy is not long enough.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

It becomes distracting when Davis shares scenes with Gervais. But beyond that, it feels like there's a diminishing level of returns for this character, in this style.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix

For all that, Life's Too Short can be uncomfortably funny in a familiar way, and if you're OK with the familiarity, you might like it well enough.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

We're glad to be on this side of the screen, laughing through their pain.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

What follows is utterly delectable and, like life, too short.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

It still leaves me feeling down because this first season could've done so much more.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

This could be, you'll excuse me, huge.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Life's Too Short mostly feels like warmed-over scraps from Extras.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Life's Too Short is a condescending, exploitative, and grimly unfunny genre exercise convinced that it's pushing boundaries.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The problem with this new series is not that it's offensive; it's that it's just not very funny.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Gervais and Merchant's comedy does have a habit of growing on you.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Political correctness in general is completely removed from Too Short, for the better.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

It's starting to get uncomfortable to watch the bloody thing.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Metro [UK]
Metro [UK]

There is a basic problem with the show, which is that even if you don't find its content degrading, it is simply shoddily derivative.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

From the pen of anyone else this sitcom would be a viewed as a monumental achievement.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: On the Box
On the Box

The show conjures the most laughs when Mr. Gervais is on screen, but his presence doesn't mesh naturally with Warwick's world.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Laugh, wince and tune in for more of Gervais' insightful and intentional pushing of our buttons.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

There are some funny bits, while Gervais expertly fashions his own comeuppance for last year's Golden Globes' roast.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Either you'll laugh out loud or call for Gervais' head - probably in a garbage pail.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Unfortunately, what worked brilliantly in Extras seems odd and disconnected here.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have once-again mastered the art of wince-inducing comedy meant to skewer people who have an inaccurately bloated view of their own fame or self-worth.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Life's Too Short is really just a meanderingly unnecessary walk through the mirrored tunnels of Gervais's self-regard.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Who could have predicted that enough time would pass to make dwarf tossing almost legitimate?

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Life's Too Short is an acquired taste worth acquiring.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Life's Too Short is an intermittently funny but mostly mediocre retread of the themes and humor from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's previous shows.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

Produced by people who have been better in the past but also shows signs of why Mr. Merchant and Mr. Gervais are considered comedy geniuses.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

The show comes up a little short.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

It's very hard to write when tears are streaming down your face.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

What's different about Life's Too Short, and what makes it watchable, is that Mr. Davis is so good at playing Mr. Gervais's stock character.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

If it ain't broke, don't fix it...and it's working wonderfully here.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Comedy isn't pretty, but in the Short run, it can be painfully hilarious, even when it feels like Gervais is retreading some awfully familiar material here.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

A couple of minutes from the end of the second installment, I turned the episode off. I just could not take the show's sloppy inconsistencies any more.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Life's Too Short about as funny as finding a My Family complete box-set in your Christmas stocking. And half as original.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: MSNBC
MSNBC

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