Comic Book Men: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
Comic Book Men

Critics Consensus

This proudly geeky series dishes out plenty of shop talk for fans of pop culture, but the haggling format feels half-baked and the titular Comic Book Men don't quite gel as a compelling cast of characters.

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Critic Ratings: 15

81%

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User Ratings: 16

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Air date: Feb 12, 2012

Walt challenges his staff to a flea market sales competition. Customers bring some coveted items into the shop. -- (C) AMC

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Air date: Feb 19, 2012

Kevin is in town and rallies the Stash for a game of street hockey. How will Walt and the guys hold up? And hurricane Mewes blows through the Stash, and no one is safe. Especially the customers! -- (C) AMC

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Air date: Feb 26, 2012

Bryan gets behind the camera to direct the Secret Stash?s first commercial. And one customer brings in a fanboy?s dream! -- (C) AMC

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Air date: Mar 4, 2012

Walt reluctantly lets Ming run a new sales promotion for the Secret Stash based around zombies. Will Ming?s scary idea have even more frightening results then Walt is ready for? -- (C) AMC

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Air date: Mar 11, 2012

Walt and the guys take a road trip to a convention in the area. After a major setback, the guys end up finding a literal treasure in the trash. -- (C) AMC

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Air date: Mar 18, 2012

Ming dares Walt, Bryan and Mike to get tattoos, but will each of the Comic Book Men go through with it? -- (C) AMC

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Tv Season Info

This reality series, set in Kevin Smith's iconic comic store, shows the world of the neighborhood comic book shop and fanboy culture. The cast includes moody manager Walt; uber-nerd Mike; slacker Brian; and Ming, the shop's go-to whipping boy; with appearances by Kevin Smith. In each episode, the team sells, buys, and discovers treasures of the comic collecting world, as well as pop culture in general.

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Critic Reviews for Comic Book Men Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

Comic Book Men is a pleasant surprise and an overall splash of fragrant cologne on the smell test-flunking reality genre.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

These sad transactions recall the working class despair embedded in so many Smith projects, from Mallrats to Jersey Girl... What is strange, though, is how little Comic Book Men attempts to engage with that despair.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Comic Book Men fails on its own terms. These gentlemen are clearly capable of talking about such matters in terms suitable for a Ph.D. oral examination administered by Tarantino, but the show gives us mere word-bubble quips.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Comic Book Men is certainly genial, good-natured, eccentric and dry-witted... But its appeal is impossibly narrow, even within that subgenre of unscripted series that revel in the eccentric pursuits of glorious oddballs.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Given the lofty place comics, sci-fi and fantasy occupy in movies and pop culture, it's overdue to have a show for devotees, and from afar, Smith appears to be the guy to do it. It's only too bad this series about collectibles is so, well, disposable.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Like Smith's breakthrough film, Clerks, you are drawn in by the droll inertia of the setting and the gently obsessive characters.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's diverting, a little sad, a little boring, full of geeky macho posturing and ultimately pointless, much like a Wednesday afternoon in a comic-book shop.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

It's off-putting juvenilia. But... if you can outlast the first 10 minutes, the discourse and content definitely take a turn for the better.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It's a different sort of reality show, and for that it gets credit from me. Plus, it's just funny.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It can be annoying to stand in a store and listen to the employees babble on endlessly about some obscure comic book or movie, and Comic Book Men captures that feeling of "just let me buy this book so I can get out of here" effortlessly.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The characters are not inviting or interesting, which would seem to leave out norms. And the comic book/pop culture aspect is so watered down, so entry level, that nerds will [feel] condescended to.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

It's certainly worth tuning in for the second episode based on the laughs found in the first.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Comic Book Men: Season 1

  • Jan 14, 2020
    Love this TV show. best reality tv show i have ever seen. Love everything Kevin Smith but after seeing this i love every one of the Comic Book Men: Walt, Mike, Ming and ofcourse Bryan Johnson. Bryan is a comedy genius.
  • Jun 19, 2019
    Why did this show get several seasons?! I like comics, related movies, etc, yet this group of guys are just not interesting and the store manager is such a gigantic, arrogant dick, that almost no one ever comes out of a negotiation with him, not offended. Don't waste your time.
  • Feb 18, 2014
    paw stars with comics without the douchbaggery from the history channel. Kevin Smith and crew are chill

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