Critic Consensus: Rules of Engagement utilizes an old-fashioned, hoary outlook on gender politics, lacking wit or insight.
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The debut season of the CBS sitcom "Rules of Engagement" introduces us to four people at different stages of their relationships, and a womanizing guy who is a friend to all four of the individuals. Oliver Hudson plays Adam, a young, sweet-natured, unsophisticated financial officer who is involved with Jennifer (Bianca Kajilich), an impulsive woman who often drags her guy along on many adventures and schemes. Adam, who works in finance, admires his co-worker Jeff (Patrick Warburton), a manly man… More
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The new show, Rules of Engagement, does not rule. It tends instead to reek, emitting the aroma of a decaying clone.
I suspect plenty of viewers will choose to spend their time otherwise engaged.
If CBS wants to put a hammerlock on the much-desired 18-49 demographic, it shouldn't commission comedies that have such a musty, retro view of gender politics.
It's not a groundbreaking new series by any means, but it has some redeeming virtues.
Providing further evidence that execution trumps premise every time, Rules of Engagement covers virtually the same territory as Fox's dreary 'Til Death in a far livelier and funnier manner.
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