Awkwafina is Nora From Queens: Season 1 Reviews

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January 24, 2020
The show is fine, albeit very dumb, and it's an entirely different dramatic sport that only underscores her ability-a little uncomfortable but totally undeniable-to play a whole lot of different sports.
January 23, 2020
Awkwafina's chemistry with her sympathetic widowed dad and no-nonsense grandma is also choice, with both relationships reading as lived-in and affectionate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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January 23, 2020
Particularly when Lum works with the other main members of the cast, the show is really funny and very appealing.
January 23, 2020
Nora from Queens is sweet and simple, even if at times it seems like it's too formulaic of a show to encompass Lum's range as a comedic weirdo.
January 22, 2020
Like Awkwafina herself, the show's charm and warm humor smoothly carry it, and its star channels both of those qualities into every moment, whether she's being rowdy, dirty, or introspective.
January 22, 2020
Awkwafina is pretty funny, but so is the rest of the cast, and she grounds her comedy by concentrating on her family.
January 22, 2020
Nora From Queens definitely bears the mark of the quirky Comedy Central anti-heroines who came before her, at its core the show nails two of the most important things for a successful sitcom: a distinct point of view and genuine heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 22, 2020
The "floundering 20-something" construct might work if "Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens" possessed the originality, momentum and eviscerating comedic timing of its star, but it does not.
January 22, 2020
Chinn is as close as the show comes to having a co-lead. She takes full advantage of a winning chemistry with Awkwafina to create some memorable moments.
January 22, 2020
The series has already been renewed for a second season, and while the early episodes have their rocky moments, Nora From Queens is a show fully capable of finding the perfect footing-even if its lead character can't.
January 22, 2020
Nora is leagues from perfect, but at least Nora from Queens gives her the benefit of the doubt by calling out the system that is rigged against her.
January 22, 2020
Nora From Queens could survive being problematic-but it can't survive being stale.
January 22, 2020
The show's smartest idea is that the outspoken, short-tempered Nora is just like her grandmother, which not only establishes a sweet continuity within the family but gives Awkwafina a scene partner she can't just steamroll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2020
"Awkwakfina Is Nora From Queens" needs to find its own identity - and fast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 21, 2020
The show is intermittently funny but not consistently hilarious, too often going for the low-hanging fruit of old people saying dirty things.
January 21, 2020
But ultimately, the show is Awkwafina's baby all the way, as she brings her own fearless twists to the slacker genre. She has the chops to anchor a series, and the wisdom to let other performers steal scenes.
January 21, 2020
Despite some funny moments, the show falls into a broad category of TV comedy -- the 20-something slacker, fumbling her way through life in the big city -- that can't help but feel a little stale at this point.
January 21, 2020
What prevails - what may be the only theme here - is that Nora is at her best when everyone and everything around her will just let her chill. In that regard, it can be fun to watch her work so hard to get nowhere.
January 21, 2020
The thinness of the show's plot thus puts a hefty burden on the shoulders of Awkwafina as the show's star, and she demonstrates once again to be an energetic, compelling performer, especially when it comes to physical comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 21, 2020
[Awkwafina's] brash, screeching shamelessness is a good fit with the irreverence of Comedy Central's brand.
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