Chad: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
Chad

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Critic Ratings: 10

24%

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User Ratings: 34

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 6, 2021

Eager to make his mark on his first day of high school, Chad spins a lie about his summer that quickly spirals out of control.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2021

Chad receives a special gift from his estranged father, but when he uses it to gain social capital at school his plans go horribly awry.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2021

When his mom breaks up with her boyfriend and Chad's left without a father figure, Chad does everything in his power to win him back.

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Air date: May 11, 2021

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Tv Season Info

A 14-year-old pubescent Persian boy (Nasim Pedrad) navigates his first year of high school on a mission to become popular. Chad's friendships and sanity are pushed to the limits as he uses every tactic at his disposal to befriend the cool kids, while enduring his mother's new dating life and reconciling with his cultural identity.

Cast & Crew

Jake Ryan
Peter
Nasim Pedrad
Creator
Hayes Davenport
Executive Producer
Rob Rosell
Executive Producer
Oly Obst
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Critic Reviews for Chad Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

Nasim Pedrad pulls off a bold, bizarre comedic feat in Chad.

Apr 6, 2021 | Full Review…

Chad has something no other show possibly could, and that's Pedrad's unique comic style.

Apr 2, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It suggests a large cultural burden he's failing to live up to, rather than just failing to live up to the basic standards of being a person in the world. I don't know where that show went, but I would really like to watch it.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Pedrad's vulnerable performance softens the blow of Chad's narcissism, but despite the show's creative ideas, it struggles to offset Chad's vain personality with moments of resolution or growth.

Apr 9, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

You'll laugh - but cringe - at the crass behavior of the youth inhabited by fully grown Nasim Pedrad.

Apr 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Chad is funny and connoisseurs of excruciating comedy will adore it... It's weird, it's wonderful and a cult-classic is born.

Apr 5, 2021 | Full Review…

Camouflaged beneath a choppy wig and oversize polo shirts, her voice pitched a half-octave lower than normal, Pedrad captures the many contradictions of early adolescence.

Mar 17, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Chad works mainly because Pedrad doesn't treat her role as a gimmick.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Wouldn't want to be him, barely want to know him, and yet in Chad, Saturday Night Live veteran Nasim Pedrad almost makes you want to hug him - if that would stop him from being such a heartbreakingly hilarious fool.

Apr 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Chad is sure to gain a cult following but it's too niche to steal the thunder of the grand poobah of uncomfortable comedy, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Apr 2, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chad: Season 1

  • 16h ago
    Can I give it a zero star? The concept is totally unclear, the lead is a female and is trying to act as a boy. Is the character trans? If so, are you making a mockery of the trans community?
  • 2d ago
    Congratulations TBS, you found a worse (and unfunnier) show than "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee". I had to watch the pilot to see why an adult woman would play a young teen... its as creepy and insulting as the commercials, plus it wasn't funny at all. I'm sure TBS will carry it for two or three years since it pleases the liberal audience it aims for, but this show is HORRIBLE.
  • 2d ago
    When the critics are at 90% and the general public is at 25%, you know something is rotten. I watched the first episode, and that'll be the last. A 40 year old women playing a 14 year old boy is creepy AF, not to mention the show is just terrible on almost all levels.
  • 2d ago
    Chad is the worst sitcom (if you can call it a sitcom) that I have ever seen. It was disturbing, awkward, stupid, creepy and unfunny! Not that it would have made the show any better, but why not just have a teenage boy play the role? Nasim Pedrad cannot pull this off. Chad still sounds like a female when he/she talks and looks like one in bad clothes. You can't hide that with fake thick eyebrows. The sex scene was very cringe inducing. This is a horrible show! A middle-aged woman playing a male kid ain't cool. Please end this tragedy now and take this crap off the air.
  • 2d ago
    40-year-old female creator/actress is playing the role of a 14-year-old boy, its obvious she is a she and that she is 3 times the age she is trying to play. looks creepy her interacting with kids trying to "act" like one.
  • 2d ago
    This show is the first laugh out loud comedy in a long time. It feels like a new,fresh "Strangers with Candy". We love it!
  • 3d ago
    I don't know who I'm their right mind green lighted this show. Awkwardly horrible, horribly awkward, it's just not believable. It's difficult to imagine a grown woman playing the role of a 14yr old horny male. It's like they stole the idea from American Dad. It comes off as so horribly desperate. I tried I really did, I got through half of the pilot & changed it over to the golf channel.. and I hate golf.
  • 3d ago
    I gave this 1/2 of a star because I couldn't rate it any lower. I saw how much this show was being promoted and thought the commercials/previews weren't funny at all, but decided to watch the first episode to give it a shot. To say this show is incredibly creepy and horribly not funny is an understatement. To start, you have a 40 year old woman staring as a 14 year old boy who in the show looks like a 30 something soccer mom from the early 90's... nobody who can actually see would think that "Chad" is a 14 year old male... Nobody! The only thing that makes this less believable is when Chad talks! Literally no 14 year old kids talk, look or think like Chad... it is essentially what a 40 year old woman thinks a 14 year old boy would act; well, if that 40 year old woman had never met a 14 year old boy anyway! Not only is the main character ridiculously unbelievable, the entire storyline is just plain disturbing. To sum it up... a 40 year old woman is playing a 14 year old child who spends the entire show trying to have sex. This all culminates with this 14 year old child going to have sex with another child with the last segment essentially being a date rape scenario. Oh, and when the character playing the Mother finds out about this date rape she basically says that she hopes it doesn't happen again. Yeah... date rape... this "SITCOM" about children is hilarious!!! How Chad ever got the green light is baffling... but not as baffling as the Hollywood critics giving this a 90% rating saying how great it is. One would think this show would be canceled by the end of the month, but I'm sure it will get renewed for another 5 seasons. My recommendation... if you have the option between watching Chad and spending 6 months in a medieval torture chamber in Siberia... I hear Siberia is nice this time of year!
  • 3d ago
    The main problem with Chad is that it isn't funny.Life is too short.Pass.
  • 3d ago
    At a time when everyone in Hollywood is demanding authenticity in the casting of actors, why wasn't an actual 14 year old boy cast as the lead? Both the lead performance and the characters FX make-up have created a new kind of Uncanny Valley that makes this already poorly written show that much harder to sit through.

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