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Mr. Sunshine: Season 1 (2011)




Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 10

Thanks to the willing slapstick antics of a solid ensemble cast, Mr. Sunshine has potential -- although for what, it's difficult to tell.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 8

Thanks to the willing slapstick antics of a solid ensemble cast, Mr. Sunshine has potential -- although for what, it's difficult to tell.



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Season Info

Ben Donovan (Matthew Perry), manager of a San Diego basketball arena, begins to reevaluate his life after his 40th birthday in the lone season of the comedy "Mr. Sunshine." Ben, while successful at his job, has trouble interacting with people, including his unpredictable boss Crystal (Allison Janney), Crystal's clueless son Roman (Nate Torrence), his sometimes girlfriend Alice ( Andrea Anders ) and unstable secretary Heather (Portia Doubleday).

Genre: Comedy

Network: ABC



Air date: Feb 9, 2011


Manager Ben Donovan (Matthew Perry) turns 40 and starts to re-evaluate his life in the pilot of a sitcom that follows the goings-on at a San Diego sports arena. Ben's coworkers include Crystal (Allison Janney), his unpredictable boss; and Alice (Andrea Anders), a friend with benefits.

Air date: Feb 16, 2011

Employee of the Year

Nick Jonas plays a teen-heartthrob singer scheduled to perform at the arena. Meanwhile, Crystal holds an Employee of the Year contest, but it turns out that the fix is in. Kathy Najimy guest stars.

Air date: Feb 23, 2011

Heather's Sister

Heather sets Ben up on a blind date with her sister, Stephanie, and it seems like a match made in first. And since Roman is too shy to ask Heather out, Ben goes on a group date with Stephanie, Roman and Heather. Meanwhile, Crystal asks Alonzo to put her dog through the paces in a dog show, and Alice tries to impress a visiting friend.

Air date: Mar 2, 2011

Hostile Workplace

Ben wants his employees to like him, but his program to make that happen backfires. Meanwhile, Crystal invites Alice and Alonzo on a double date with her new boyfriend, and Ben assigns Heather to find a new halftime entertainer when the arena's mascot quits.

Air date: Mar 9, 2011

Crystal on Ice

Roman has no place to stay, and Ben reluctantly takes him in; Crystal dislikes an ice-dancing group; and Alice has trouble keeping up with Alonzo.

Air date: Mar 16, 2011

Lingerie Football

Ben encourages Crystal to get closure with her ex (singer James Taylor) by finding him on their anniversary. While he helps Crystal, Ben asks Roman to entertain his date, the quarterback of a women's lingerie football team. Elsewhere, Alice and Alonzo try to handle two rowdy Internet billionaires.

Air date: Mar 23, 2011

Celebrity Tennis

Ben teams with Alonzo to play tennis great Jimmy Connors and actor Fred Savage in a celebrity tennis tournament. Ben reveals his past with Alice to Alonzo, and a careless act on Crystal's part inadvertently bring her closer to her son, Roman.

Air date: Mar 30, 2011

The Assistant

Alice asks Ben for an assistant, and he assigns Roman to the job, which leads to Alice and Roman to form an unexpected bond. Crystal arranges a funeral to honor a friend at the Sunshine Center, and Alonzo admits the truth about a past relationship.

Air date: Apr 6, 2011

Ben and Vivian

Ben has a one-night stand with a woman who turns out to be Crystal's new assistant, Vivian (Lizzy Caplan). Crystal's plans to be a responsible mother to Roman go awry, and the mascot irritates Alonzo.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (10)

The show is well cast:Janney is wacky-funny; Anders is a charmer;and guest star Garcia needs to be madea regular, with an actual character name,immediately.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Mr. Sunshine is a show with a lot of likable performers, a solid creative pedigree, occasional laughs and a whole lot of room for improvement.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

The pilot is leaden, dull, flat, tone deaf.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday

Something tells me Mr. Sunshine would have been better going full bore in one direction -- toward serious cynicism or toward mild wackiness -- without trying to jam those things together in one awkward package.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

I wish there was more that felt new about Matthew Perry's tepid comeback vehicle, Mr. Sunshine, which exists under a hazy cloud cover of mixed signals

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Given a little patience - and, OK, maybe a little more wine - Mr. Sunshine might just find its way into the light.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It just doesn't feel like it's setting up a story we're really going to care about.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

There's some smart slapstick.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

Mr. Sunshine isn't nearly as polished or original as Modern Family, but it has the talent and the potential to improve.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Barring dramatic improvement on that front, get ready to send out the clowns.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety

Decidedly dreary for openers, Mr. Sunshine succeeds in making Cougar Town look like a lion of the prime-time jungle.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Matthew Perry returns to the sitcom arena with his well-honed Friends comedy skills enriched by a new, mature vulnerability.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Do we focus in on how unfunny it is in general?Or on how wince-inducing it is to see Allison Janney try to milk laughs?Or how you can't help wondering which is sadder: Matthew Perry's self-loathing sad-sack character or his attempt to make him appealing?

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's not altogether an easy fit, but it shows promise.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

It's usually a bad sign when you spend most of the first episode of a new comedy making a mental list of the reasons it's not working.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Mr. Sunshine at least deserve[s] a few weeks of attention to see if the promise [it] hold[s] will pay off.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

The premiere has a premise that's full of possibility but a delivery that never arrives.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

It's a quintessential "so what?'' sitcom that practically begs you to damn it with extremely faint praise, mincing your words down to the blandest of neutrality.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Mr. Sunshine looks promising, with former Friend Matthew Perry playing straight man in a swirl of kooks who deliver consistent laughs.

February 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

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