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The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (2013-2014)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 18

Robin Williams' comic dexterity helps to carry The Crazy Ones, a workplace sitcom that scores a few laughs but sometimes feels too improvised to fully cohere.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 10

Robin Williams' comic dexterity helps to carry The Crazy Ones, a workplace sitcom that scores a few laughs but sometimes feels too improvised to fully cohere.

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User Ratings: 111

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Season Info

The first and only season of this sitcom follows Simon Roberts (Robin Williams), a creative but eccentric advertising executive who works alongside his levelheaded daughter, Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar), at an ad firm catering to top-tier clients. Fellow employees include easygoing Zach (James Wolk); neurotic Andrew (Hamish Linklater); and unexpectedly smart Lauren (Amanda Setton). At times, Simon wonders if he's no longer at the top of his game, and his ethics sometimes clash with those of

Network: CBS

Premiere Date: Sep 26, 2013

Cast

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 26, 2013

Pilot

Simon tries to persuade Kelly Clarkson to sing a jingle for his firm's biggest client in the series premiere of this comedy about an eccentric advertising exec who works alongside his levelheaded daughter at their ad firm.

2
Air date: Oct 3, 2013

The Spectacular

HD. When Simon Encourages Sydney to take on an ad campaign for Windy City Coffee, disaster ensues. meanwhile, Zach is jealous when Simon tasks Andrew with taking care of a family of ducklings.

3
Air date: Oct 10, 2013

Bad Dad

HD. When a client pitch shines a negative light on Simon and Sydney's father-daughter relationship, Simon is determined to make up for all of Sydney's bad childhood memories by re-teaching her how to drive.

4
Air date: Oct 17, 2013

Breakfast Burrito Club

HD. While trying to brainstorm ideas for an ad campaign for a breakfast burrito, the gang procrastinates and delves into each other's personal lives.

5
Air date: Oct 24, 2013

She's So European

HD. When a worldly client, Helena, comes to town, Sydney, Zach and Simon each compete for her attention, but when things turn to a sexual nature, they realize they may know too much about each other.

6
Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Hugging the Now

When Simon is nominated for the prestigious Impact Award for Advertiser of the Year, Sydney is surprised to find that her high school crush is in direct competition for the award against her father.

7
Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Sydney, Australia

HD. An infatuated ex-co-worker of Sydney's writes a stalker-ish song about her.

8
Air date: Nov 14, 2013

The Stan Wood Account

HD. Simon is intent to make things right when his partner, Gordon Lewis, forces him to give up his very first client when it conflicts with another account.

9
Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Sixteen-Inch Softball

Someone's job is on the line at the annual Accounts vs. Creatives 16-inch softball game, and the truth about Simon's last epic win threatens to surface.

10
Air date: Dec 5, 2013

Models Love Magic

While Simon and Gordon disagree on compromising their values to land a lucrative client, Lauren gets stuck in the multi-million dollar Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra.

11
Air date: Dec 12, 2013

The Intern

HD. Sydney's insecurities about how she is perceived resurface when the bratty daughter of an important client becomes their intern.

12
Air date: Jan 2, 2014

The Face of a Winner

HD. When Simon mixes up the assignments in the office, he puts Sydney on an account for a video game that she becomes addicted to winning.

13
Air date: Jan 9, 2014

Outbreak

HD. Simon gives Lauren a chance to work with a big client facing a PR disaster when the rest of the office comes down with the flu.

14
Air date: Jan 30, 2014

Simon Roberts Was Here

Simon loses a creativity contest to a research analyst, so Zach and Andrew try to help him refocus and get his confidence back. Elsewhere, Sydney bonds with a cat, causing her to worry if this will stifle her future relationships with fellow humans.

15
Air date: Feb 6, 2014

Dead and Improved

Simon is asked to eulogize a jingle writer who was not a well-liked man.

16
Air date: Feb 27, 2014

Zach Mitzvah

Simon promises to deliver last-minute on a bar mitzvah to impress a new client, forcing Lauren to be the "party pepper" and Zach to MC. Unfortunately, Zach's old flame - the only woman he's ever loved - is also performing at this bar mitzvah, causing Zach to upend the festivities as he tries to get out of her why exactly she left him all those years ago. (C) CBS

17
Air date: Mar 6, 2014

Heavy Meddling

HD. Simon's desperation for grandchildren forces him to interfere with Sydney's new relationship. Meanwhile, Zach and Andrew try working with other partners.

18
Air date: Mar 13, 2014

March Madness

HD. Simon's hatred for all things related to St. Patrick's Day is exacerbated when Andrew's rowdy and spirited sisters descend on the office to celebrate the holiday.

19
Air date: Apr 3, 2014

Danny Chase Hates Brad Paisley

Zach gets overzealous during a pitch and assures a client that Brad Paisley will sing a jingle. He then needs to make that ideal scenario become a reality.

20
Air date: Apr 10, 2014

Love Sucks

Simon's promising new relationship is tested when he becomes disillusioned with love after Gordon and his partner break up.

21
Air date: Apr 17, 2014

The Monster

HD. Simon and the team try an out-of-the-box idea in order to save a library from being shut down, and Gordon literally becomes the unwilling poster boy for the campaign.

22
Air date: Apr 17, 2014

The Lighthouse

When a corporation wants to buy out Lewis, Roberts & Roberts, Gordon calls in the board to vote, and Simon's ex-wife and Sydney's mom has the final say.

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (18)

It's not for people who want to get caught up in a game of "will they or won't they?' but for hardcore aficionados of comic acting.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club

No one has benefited more than former "Buffy" star Sarah Michelle Gellar, who brings an engaging mix of frigidness and vulnerability to her role as Williams' TV daughter and business partner in a Chicago ad agency.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune

By embracing the cray-cray, Kelley could have something special instead of something merely pleasant.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Some people can't get enough of Williams's manic, all-over-the-map, partly improvised comedy style; others, however, might be more inclined to view the veteran comedian and TV/movie star as a commodity best enjoyed in smaller doses.

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

Am I judging TV characters? No. I'm judging show creator David E. Kelley for not giving them more dimensions.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap
TheWrap

The Crazy Ones' opener is funny, charming and a bit different from anything else on CBS right now.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Big stars try too hard in innuendo-laden comedy.

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

There's potential there, especially with the possibility of other cameos and modern brands to rework, but considering the talent and their history in some great and important television, there isn't much yet that propels the show beyond mediocre.

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

The madcap Williams has never been better, and Gellar's performance is a magnificently winning mixture of quiet desperation, mounting rage and wistful yearning.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

It is buried in whimsicality and paeans to "feeling" and leaping into the void. And the stars do feel out of sync.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

When you combine Buffy Freakin' Summers, more commonly known as Sarah Michelle Gellar, with Academy Award winner Robin Williams, aka one of the greatest comedic icons of all time, it's a recipe for success.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Williams is a treasure, leapfrogging through voices, characters, and puns. He's like a comic scat singer, zipping through his scales.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

It seems like a vision of what a good sitcom about the advertising world could be-less a spectacle of magic lightbulb moments than a looser, surrealist take on the absurdity of the creative process.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic

The show swings from bizarrely hilarious to sweet and sentimental often, which can be jarring at times but hopefully in later episodes the show won't try so hard to prove that it can show both sides of the coin. Moderation is key.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

It's a shameless corporate ripoff of a once-original idea.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

I'll give The Crazy Ones a break and the benefit of the doubt by saying it's the kind of show and ensemble (including the gifted but so-far-underused Hamish Linklater) that could very easily gel over time.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The pilot's storyline... is slapdash at best. It doesn't help that the viewer suspects the script was approved by McDonald's as a product placement deal.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Whether The Crazy Ones can come together as a series over time remains an open question, but the pilot offers enough charm and humor to warrant future consideration.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By having a supposedly fearless Robin Williams character refrain from privately saying even gently mocking things about McDonald's that you just know in your bones that a Robin Williams character would say, The Crazy Ones sells out.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

As an eccentric genius, Williams is in familiar waters, and he's found a playmate in James Wolk, who's somehow able to keep up with an actor whose streams of consciousness can be Class V rapids.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

With a strong supporting cast as the agency staff - James Wolk, Hamish Linklater and Amanda Setton - The Crazy Ones has the tools to make it work. It's the meat and the motion.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Crazy dumb, so far

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

No one goes off the rails, here. The writing is tight, if a little mixed in terms of tone, as are the performances.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

It definitely would work better if it was funny and didn't try so hard (which is, as you know, a Williams hallmark -- riff ceaselessly and maniacally until there's laughter, even if you work up a sweat).

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

This show isn't exactly what you might expect, but that's a good thing.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Well, the shows [The Michael J. Fox Show and The Crazy Ones] are neither awful nor awesome, so there's no easy answer here.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Williams seems exhausted. So is this show.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

For all the McDonald's slogans that inevitably bounce around your head watching the The Crazy Ones pilot, the one that never came to mind was, I'm lovin' it.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

It seems that all involved know there's an enormous amount of work to be done for The Crazy Ones to be salvaged in future weeks.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

One of the most advertised programs of the new year is also one of its worst. The Crazy Ones is almost unbearable.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Williams shifts from manic to cloying faster than he can say two all-beef patties.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News

Simon, Sydney and their colleagues work in a giant office that seems much too underpopulated, just as the first episode feels like a rough draft.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

Williams remains a charismatic force who knows how to temper the hilarity with humanity, and you can see the makings of a warm, father-daughter chemistry with Gellar.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Watching Mr. Williams return to the kind of improvisation-style routines that made him famous in the 1970s is bittersweet... they are still impressive, but audiences can't help recalling how much more elastic and powerful they were at their peak.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

At least he (Williams) knows his way around a joke, unlike Gellar, who, post-Buffy, still hasn't risen above the level of the writing she's given (and the writing for her here is flat and one-dimensional).

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

It still feels like a not-great version of a good idea winging its way onto our screens through a combination of momentum, optimism, and Williams's trademark flop sweat.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Mr. Williams is never less than formidable in his delivery; the writing is never less than crisp and sometimes it's crisply hilarious.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

The first episode is uneven as the pieces and pace don't quite cohere, but it leaves you wanting more.

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

The talented cast and upbeat pilot work in the series' favor, but if the half-hour is to be more than a platform for Williams' improv, the story will have to go deeper. And make us care.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Williams' still-manic energy remains fun to watch; the script has its moments; and the cast is good. If the series doesn't keep it real, it could develop into something more consistently enjoyable.

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Audience Reviews for The Crazy Ones: Season 1

Too goofy and lighthearted for its own good, The Crazy Ones delivers plenty of laughs but doesn't quite know when it's taking its jokes too far. Created by David E. Kelley, the series follows the ad campaigns and office shenanigans of Simon Roberts and his advertising company. Robin Williams leads the cast and delivers his trademark stand-up comedy (which is hit-and-miss). And, the cast as a whole is pretty weak (with the exception of Sarah Michelle Gellar). Yet, there are a lot of fun comedy sketches and some clever advertising satire throughout the episodes. A mediocre workplace sitcom, The Crazy Ones is entertaining but feels disjointed and cartoony at times.
May 11, 2014
Dann Michalski

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