Center of the Universe: Season 1 (2004 - 2005)


Season 1
Center of the Universe

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At its core, Center of the Universe is a uncompromisingly bad sitcom that wastes that immense talents of John Goodman and his fellow cast members.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2004

John and Kate prepare to renew their wedding vows, but the ceremony is delayed by family squabbles. Art: Ed Asner. Marge: Olympia Dukakis. Tommy: Diedrich Bader. Lily: Melinda McGraw. Miles: Spencer Breslin.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2004

Lily throws Tommy out of her guest house when he insists on going to her ex's party, and everyone looks to John to mend the rift. Gary: Sean O'Bryan. Jamie: Nikita Ager. Sara: Margo Harshman. Tommy: Diedrich Bader.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2004

Tommy takes on the company's toughest case, a frightened widow (Marilu Henner) who calls constantly, and ends up becoming intimate with her. Victor: David Hornsby. Tommy: Diedrich Bader. Art: Ed Asner. Kate: Jean Smart.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2004

Kate reads a school paper to John that's written by the boyfriend of his niece (Margo Harshman), and the overprotective uncle assumes that they're having sex. Ryan: Richard Keith. Rebecca: Hillary Tuck. Kevin: Zachery Bryan.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2004

Miles thinks his grandfather doesn't like him because he rushes through their weekly Sunday brunch, and John is shocked to learn the real reason. Miles: Spencer Breslin. Art: Edward Asner. John: John Goodman.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2004

Against John's advice, Kate gets involved in Tommy's love life by fixing him up with a fellow teacher. Marcia: Amy Farrington. Donna: Gigi Rice. Devin: Shelly Bruckner. Tommy: Diedrich Bader. Kate: Jean Smart.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2004

Lily begins dating a man (Tim Conlon) the family loves, but John can't understand why his sister is afraid to be alone with him, insisting that he and Kate join them for dates. Lily: Melinda McGraw. Kate: Jean Smart.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2005

When Art becomes depressed over his idleness in retirement, John asks him to help him at work, where Art drives him and everyone else crazy. Meanwhile, Marge has more free time to plan outings with an unhappy Kate. Victor: David Hornsby. Marge: Olympia Dukakis.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2005

John tries to be supportive as Miles attempts to find something he's good at, and his latest pursuit is fencing. Kevin: Zachery Bryan. Fencing Instructor: Tim Weske. Kate: Jean Smart. Lily: Melinda McGraw.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2005

John and Kate befriend new neighbors, despite the age gap, because Miles hits it off with their son, who's definitely less nerdy than Miles' other friends. Art: Ed Asner. Tommy: Diedrich Bader. Lily: Melinda McGraw. Miles: Spencer Breslin.

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Critic Reviews for Center of the Universe Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

"The Center of the Universe" is a brilliant success, if the goal is to make some of TV's best look awful.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

"Loving your family can be hard work," [John] Goodman says. Loving this family would be just about impossible.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

To watch this show is to see [John] Goodman lumber across a living room and collapse onto a sofa, all while delivering a straight line to Asner, who plays his oversexed father.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

So much goes wrong in this series, it's like a new car getting T-boned by a speeding bus. Don't try to unbend the frame, just total the whole thing.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

All the high-caliber actors, highly paid comedy writers and tightly honed one-liners cannot lift "Center of the Universe" off the ground.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Some of the more durable, likable performers in show business team up for one of the fall's most disastrous comedies, "Center of the Universe," a program unlikely to prove central or universal for anyone.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not just that it's unfunny, it's painfully unfunny.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite a great cast, this "Universe" is off center.

Mar 12, 2020 | Rating: D | Full Review…

The entire cast should be embarrassed by this painfully unfunny show.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

It would seem impossible to make a show with talent the caliber of John Goodman, Jean Smart, Olympia Dukakis and Ed Asner, with a result so embarrassingly dreadful that it evokes pity for the stars... the producers of Center of the Universe have done it.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Poor, poor John Goodman stars in this horrifically unentertaining sitcom that reminds me of watching Everybody Loves Raymond--while someone pulls out my fingernails with a pair of electrified pliers.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a strong cast assembled for the new sitcom "Center of the Universe," including John Goodman, Jean Smart, Olympia Dukakis and Ed Asner. But there's a lapse of writing and a distinct malaise in the performances for the series premiere.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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