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There's also some bite and solid comedic performances amid those old-school trappings. Both viewers and NBC could do much worse.
If you think what TV comedies need to be funnier is louder laugh tracks, NBC's Crowded is for you.
A genial, old-fashioned - nay, prehistoric - family sitcom on the wrong network.
Warburton's resigned monotone wrings what little humor he can out of lackluster material.
It's... old-fashioned in a not necessarily good way, schematic, predictable and largely, especially in light of its fine and welcome cast, disappointing.
Still, if what you're looking for is a painless way to pass the time, you've found it. And if you need more, there's always Preston and Warburton. Two may not count as a crowd, but these two just may be enough for Crowded.
Patrick Warburton is funny in about everything... but I'd rather get my dose in National Car Rental spots than this tired new sitcom, which is about the sixth to explore what it thinks is a new idea.
If you're skeptical about getting on board with the freshman series after viewing a premiere that relied on birth control jokes and the idiocy of Stella's boyfriend for laughs, we wouldn't blame you for moving out early.
It's not terrible. If that sounds like faint praise, well, it is. It's a new show that feels very much like an old show. Like shows we've seen umpteen times before.
While the cast is right -- Warburton in particular nails his deliveries -- this multi-cam sitcom is easily forgotten.
Here's hoping Crowded gets crowded out quickly so Preston can be available for a potential Good Wife spin-off.
Audience Reviews for Crowded: Season 1
Jun 04, 2016love the show i want a season 2 & 3
May 14, 2016fuck hates i love crowded
Apr 18, 2016My husband and I saw the pilot. We couldn't wait to see more of this show. Scary but it was like you had cameras in home. Completely a laugh out loud show. LOVE
Apr 11, 2016I think this is a great show.
Apr 11, 2016Haven't we seen this before? Different actors, same boring story. Is it really that tough to be creative these days? I was in a focus group last year that viewed this pilot and I told them then and I'll tell you now: it's a pile of smelly garbage. Completely unoriginal and predictable. Surprised they actually gave it the green light.
Apr 10, 2016I am so disappointed! I think Patrick Warburton is a great comedy actor, but even he cannot overcome bad writing and casting of some of the other roles. Frankly, hiis wife is irritating! Last week's show is the last one we will watch.
Mar 24, 2016forced comedy. Warburton is funny no matter what but Safino acts like the SNL "girl you would not want to meet at a party" and the premises are way over-reaching. Let's cram pot.same-sex, mixed-race and every other "controversial" issue we can into one show and see if we get anywhere. Waste of time.
Mar 17, 2016I'm a big fan of both Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston. This is such a disappointment! The writing is terrible! Cliched and Formulaic. So sad. Such a waste of acting talent.
Mar 16, 2016Bad puns, poorly written jokes, over the top facial expressions from the cast (which, with having Patrick W as the lead, that's saying something) and then to top it off, we have to see the slutty daughter do a lesbian make out scene within the first 2 minutes of the 2nd episode? Ugh. Completely unacceptable. Regardless of how our disgusting society feels about "acceptance", we don't have to force TV shows to push this crap, especially ones that are supposedly "family friendly". Just another reason to have to change the channel. It really makes no sense in this day and age, with all the talent that's out there, that studios just regurgitate the same crap. Top it off with pushing the gay agenda = 100% failure.
Jan 25, 2016This is a review of the pilot episode as posted on The Qtv Review (http://wp.me/p6yEUF-M): Is it just me... or does the sound of a laugh track instantly make you dislike a show? I'm definitely of the school of thought where laugh tracks don't enhance anything, they just insult you as a viewer. I don't need to be told when something's funny. I am of sound mind, enough to know when something triggers a happy synapse in my brain. Thanks for trying to help get me there, though. Other than the insulting noises thrown at my ears, I might dislike the show simply because I'm not the target audience: parents who want to live vicariously through the lives of other parents who no longer have to raise their kids full-time. Except... their kids end up moving back in. And therefor, there are no vicarious lives through which to live. So... who's the target audience, exactly? Is it just parents who want to watch other parents who hate being parents? 'Cause that's not me either.