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Traffic Light: Season 1 (2011)

Seasons:
1

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65

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 6

Traffic Light takes everyday people and turns them into lovable, affecting characters through amusing performances and witty writing.

77

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

Traffic Light takes everyday people and turns them into lovable, affecting characters through amusing performances and witty writing.

audience

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 1

My Rating

Season Info

Three best friends from college, Mike ( David Denman ), Adam ( Nelson Franklin ), and Ethan ( Kris Marshall ), now in their thirties, find themselves each in drastically different relationship situations, from the single Ethan, to the co-habitating Adam, to the married Mike. Each man's different station in life creates various challenges to the men's ongoing friendship.

Network: FOX

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Episodes

1
Air date: Feb 8, 2011

Pilot

A sitcom about three buddies from college dealing with different relationship scenarios. In the pilot episode, married Mike (David Denman) hopes to catch a little "me" time, while Adam (Nelson Franklin) adjusts to his girlfriend moving in with him, and Ethan (Kris Marshall) remains noncommittal.

2
Air date: Feb 15, 2011

En Fuego

Callie is doggone upset when she can't find a favorite stuffed pup that Adam won for her when they first started dating, so he tries to win a replacement prize before she learns that he, Mike and Ethan are responsible for the toy's disappearance. Meanwhile, at a charity tennis tournament hosted by Lisa's company, she partners with Ethan's ex-girlfriend to form a formidable doubles team.

3
Air date: Feb 22, 2011

All the Precedent's Men

Mike offers work advice to a young female colleague who's also attractive, sports-savvy, and fits right in with him and the guys. When their meetings become more frequent, Lisa decides to join in, but she's not ready for the woman's unusual offer. Meanwhile, Callie decides to communicate with Adam during his morning commute to work; and Ethan tries to downplay the fact that his relationship with a new girl may be serious.

4
Air date: Mar 2, 2011

Credit Balance

When Adam confronts Callie about a wealth of unpaid parking fines, he discovers something more disturbing: she is actually more than $40,000 in debt. Meanwhile, Lisa has to go into the office early for a week, turning Mike into Mr. Mom, who settles in nicely with the neighborhood mommy group; and Ethan comes up with a clever exit strategy to break up with his latest girlfriend, but it backfires on him.

5
Air date: Mar 8, 2011

Breaking Bread

Adam unintentionally takes credit for finding a lost puppy belonging to his and Callie's elderly neighbors, and the grateful woman proves to be exceptionally generous with her thanks. Elsewhere, Lisa complains about a music-blaring neighbor and Mike's plan to confront the noisemaker doesn't turn out as planned; Ethan's girlfriend wishes to make the acquaintance of his sage next-door neighbor.

6
Air date: Mar 15, 2011

No Good Deed

Adam feels responsible after Callie's car is stolen, so he decides to buy her a new one. At the dealership, he receives a crash course in negotiating with automobile salesmen when he enlists Ethan and Mike to handle the wheeling and dealing. Later, Mike and Lisa are visited by his grown-up charge from a mentoring program he volunteered for years ago.

7
Air date: Mar 22, 2011

Stealth Bomber

Mike asks his boss for a raise after learning Lisa makes more than him; Adam must confront his bathroom phobia; Ethan finds his match in Callie's sex-obsessed sister.

8
Air date: Mar 29, 2011

Kiss Me, Kate

When Callie's visiting sister shows signs of overstaying her welcome, Adam scores her a job at his office, where she hooks up with the boss. Elsewhere, Ethan saves Lisa's life at a swimming pool and is rewarded with Mike's favorite college T-shirt.

9
Air date: Apr 12, 2011

Best Man

Adam tries to atone for ruining Mike's bachelor party years ago by throwing him a second one, which gets out of hand. Meanwhile, Lisa is uncomfortable about having to go on an out-of-town project with a male coworker, so she asks Callie to come along

10
Air date: Apr 19, 2011

Bonebag

Adam and Callie's opportunity to babysit Tommy doesn't go according to plan, while Mike and Lisa's romantic weekend getaway gets out of hand when Mike has a problem with his masseuse. As for Ethan, he's got yet another new woman in his life, and she seems perfect---almost.

11
Air date: May 3, 2011

Where the Heart Is

Lisa and Mike's relationship takes off in a new direction when she decides to keep tabs on him via GPS technology. Meanwhile, Adam's boss assigns him an article on intimacy, and when Callie uncovers his notes, she thinks the provocative material is for use in putting some zing into their sex life. And Ethan's organ delivery winds up in the wrong place and with the wrong people.

12
Air date: May 10, 2011

Tommy Guns

The guys' annual getaway approaches and Mike thinks they should go hunting in order to get back to their primitive roots, but Ethan and Mike are having trouble taking him seriously. Meanwhile, Lisa feels that Tommy is growing up too quickly and wants to chronicle his early childhood in photos. Callie offers her photography expertise to capture the moments, but the women overlook setting a price for the service and that poses a problem for their friendship.

13
Air date: May 31, 2011

Help Wanted

Mike and Lisa have their hands full dealing with the teen angst their hot new babysitter brings along with her. Meanwhile, Callie's naked dancing in the apartment is accidentally witnessed by a food-delivery guy (Daryl "Chill" Mitchell), prompting Adam to discuss some of the bare facts of life with her; and the guys dog Ethan about ditching his ugly necklace.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (6)

Distinctive, sympathetic, and tinged with promise.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Put that piping hot cup of coffee back down on your desk before you run out of the office to go home and set your DVR.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

After the four episodes I've seen, Traffic Light is Perfect Couples and Better With You meets Perfect Couples and Better With You being funnier. That's a start.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Traffic Light winds up with a negative hat trick, in which I found myself not caring about any of its three male leads.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's the kind of show that viewers have seen before and there's no reason to see it again.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A not-unpleasing comedy that takes time and commitment to grow on you.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Traffic Light is a no-"GO" for me. Or, as I tend to think of it after having watched four derivative episodes: "STOP" me if you've heard this before.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The formula may be hokey, but "Traffic Light's" execution of it is charming, and funny in a way that doesn't seem to be trying too hard.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The opening night lesson of the new Fox sitcom "Traffic Light" is that no matter how marvelous hands-free telephone technology has become, it isn't yet advanced enough to carry its own sitcom.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

I liked these guys, and I wouldn't mind hanging out with them again.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

Silly in places, the show seldom careens over the top, and manages to elicit periodic laughs from all three of its couplings.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Traffic Light is winning and amusing without being loud and loutish.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Unfortunately, it's forced in humor and uncertain in tone. And surely there are some viewers who are tired of watching stunted-adolescent men complain about the women in their lives.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

In the same way that Modern Family has been able to mine comic gold out of everyday struggles, Light keeps the couple-banter and the friend-banter surprisingly relatable and, in the biggest shocker, enormously funny.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Nothing matters more to a television show than sharp writing and good acting, both of which "Traffic Light" has in abundance.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

With funnier material, they [the actors] could really make this thing work.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

All five characters transcend the cheap stereotypes that lazy writers so frequently use to populate their sitcoms. That may not be enough to propel their show into syndication, but for a Fox sitcom, even cautious optimism is a step in the right direction.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

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