Abby's: Season 1 (2018)


Critic Consensus: Despite some early watered down humor, Abby's brims with potential thanks to its easy going, goofy sensibility and a perfectly cast Natalie Morales.


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Air date: Mar 28, 2019
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This unlicensed, makeshift establishment in Abby's backyard is the perfect gathering place for locals to find camaraderie and sanctuary. To maintain the perfect bar ecosystem, all patrons must abide by a specific set of rules. This includes no cell phones (not even to look something up), understanding that earning a seat at the bar takes time to rise through the hierarchy and knowing that losing a challenge may have some unpleasant and unpalatable drink-related repercussions.

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Critic Reviews for Abby's Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

If "Abby's" is judged purely by modern standards, it may not live long enough to make the necessary adjustments.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Look for Abby's to have a short run while its featured booze hounds need not worry about being cut off.

Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Congenial sitcom set in the great outdoors where everything -- even or especially a sitcom -- seems just a little bit better.

Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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They're delivering punchlines, but the characters themselves have not evolved beyond their pilot characterizations.

Apr 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Abby's pilot is not very good. And it would be great if that didn't matter quite so much.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Throwback comedy has great jokes, a timeworn premise.

Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[It] wants to be the life of the backyard bar party, but really ends up like an overpriced water downed drink.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a need for more channels to fill the void with diverse takes on the kinds of series that have historically stood the test of time. "Abby's" is a good start.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

While it doesn't have everyone around the bar figured out, the sight of Morales so at home on a show with her name in the title is worth raising a glass to.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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because there's promise in the group of characters that inhabit Abby's bar, and that Morales is a fine sitcom lead. But just realize it might take a while for Abby's to achieve its potential.

Mar 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Abby's: Season 1

I've never reviewed a show before. In fact, before 5 minutes ago, I've never had a Rotten Tomatoes account. Abby's however needs to be saved. The chemistry of the characters, the rich lore the show is building, needs to be carried out. In a TV battlefield without it's heavy hitters like The Big Bang Theory, and the Middle we need a freshman show that will bring the laughs like Abby's undoubted will continue to do.

Mostly good casting is held back by terribly unfunny writing and the unapologetic need to hit us over the head with a "filmed before a live outdoor audience" gimmick (which does not hide the fact that they also heavily inject additional laugh track into the show). Comedy is both hard and subjective, for sure, but this "outdoor Cheers" does not compare favorably with other outstanding Michael Schur offerings, such as The Office, Parks & Rec, The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (Here, it should be noted that Schur is only billed as an Executive Producer, and not a Creator, Producer or Screenwriter as he has been in several other projects). The jokes are forced one-offs, have zero set-up, or simply don't make sense in the conversation; most of them land with a decided thud. The central character has thus far been mostly unlikable, despite being played by the incredibly likeable Natalie Morales, making it unbelievable that she would be able to get away with a no-so-secret illegal backyard bar for so long or that anyone would ever put up with her crazy --and bully-ish-- rules. Sam Malone... Abby is not. Given the talent involved, Neil Flynn especially is a treat to watch, I wanted to like this show. However, in the first 6 episodes I've laughed exactly once and grinned twice. The canned laughter only makes me wince harder when the poor one-liner jokes fall flat. If the writing team isn't overhauled in a hurry, this will be a short-lived and soon-forgotten misfire for Schur and NBC.

I really wanted this show to be good because it's based in San Diego where I live but it's really not funny at all, the comedy seems to be phoned in, and the laughs are very forced. All that and there's so very few references to San Diego which is what I was hoping to get.... I think Ep2 or 3 had a few references and they mentioned the Padres once, that's it. They even had an episode where they named off Brunch places which they could of used real local restaurants, but they didn't. So no laughs, minimal references to San Diego, equals a show I just can't keep watching. Gave it 5 episodes, that's it.

Horrible Show Watched 5 episodes and it was all really bad!

Laugh tracks have no business in 2019

Horrible. Unfunny. Poorly written characters and story. Nothing original with nothing to say. No positivity and no laughs. A pointless garbage show that's mind mush.

This excuse for any form of entertainment is thoroughly a waste of even the most waste of life. It's beyond me that any studio would even consider allowing ����� this crap of a show ����� to air this visual pollution and, believe that anyone would appreciate it. . .

I think they need to hire some comedy writers.

Promising new show, whose characters will start to grow on us as the series progresses. Looking forward to seeing what Natalie Morales' namesake character, Abby, brings to the table (or, should I say, the bar) as the first female Cuban bisexual lead of a sitcom. With a good lead-in from Will & Grace, hopefully the network and the audience will let her, and the show, have a chance to shine!!

Am the only one who thinks itâ??s a stupid premise? She thought she could operate a business AND sell liquor not only without a license, but against zoning ordinances? Then she throws a fit when she gets called on it by the guy who could lose everything because of her? Also, I laughed just once.

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