Big Lake: Season 1 (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Big Lake falls flat, overreaching in its effort to be unique and amusingly odd.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 17, 2010
2
Air date: Aug 17, 2010
3
Air date: Aug 24, 2010
4
Air date: Aug 24, 2010
5
Air date: Aug 31, 2010
6
Air date: Aug 31, 2010
7
Air date: Sep 7, 2010
8
Air date: Sep 7, 2010
9
Air date: Sep 14, 2010
10
Air date: Sep 14, 2010

Tv Season Info

In this comedy's only season, disgraced Wall Street whiz kid Josh (Chris Gethard) slinks back to his parents' house in Big Lake, Pa., vowing to recoup his father's squandered retirement fund. After reuniting with childhood pal Glenn (Horatio Sanz) and a favorite teacher from high school (Chris Parnell), Josh attempts acts of redemption such as working at his father's restaurant, and persuading his family to attend group therapy.

Critic Reviews for Big Lake Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (10)

The show's writing, although not particularly innovative, is good, and the talented cast makes the most of it.

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's just a flat traditional sitcom built around lazy, repetitive jokes and audience cackles. It's just bad.

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…

It just plays like strung-together sketch comedy, working much harder for fewer rewards than if it added a little depth to the characters.

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…

It's this discordant gimmick - uncomfortable humor set in the cozy confines of the mainstream American sitcom - that makes Big Lake worth checking out.

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Big Lake is so bad that you're left wondering what went wrong - and whom to blame.

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…

The only truly inventive character in this subversive scenario is Josh's kid brother (Dylan Blue), whose adorably wholesome and lisping persona is a front for a scheming, gun-toting, pill-peddling villain.

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…

I might not believe for a moment that any of these people actually exist in nature, much less Pennsylvania, but Big Lake, with its wink and a nod to a format that always required suspension of disbelief, is at least more than willing to own its silliness.

Aug 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Not a bad premise for a comedic television show. But right now, problems abound.

Aug 18, 2010 | Full Review…

Just sit back and wait for Lake to finish swirling and go gurgle gurgle down the drain, making room for something that's actually funny.

Oct 14, 2010 | Full Review…

The show stands out for rallying against the typical sugar-coated sitcom, and it stands to reason that with parts as strong as it's started with, the whole is going to improve.

Aug 17, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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