Hello Ladies: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)

Season 1
Hello Ladies

Critics Consensus

Stephen Merchant is an intelligent performer, but Hello Ladies is largely a squirm-inducing comedy that lacks the empathy of his best work.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 164
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Air date: Sep 29, 2013
Air date: Oct 6, 2013
Air date: Oct 13, 2013
Air date: Oct 20, 2013
Air date: Oct 27, 2013
Air date: Nov 3, 2013
Air date: Nov 10, 2013
Air date: Nov 17, 2013

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Stephen Merchant ("The Office") is the co-creator and star of this comedy about an English Web designer in Los Angeles who mistakenly fancies himself a ladies' man and social climber—but never lets the truth get in the way of his (fruitless) pursuit of a good time. Of course, being an eligible bachelor with no takers means Stuart (Merchant) is forced to hang out with Jessica (Christine Woods), an aspiring actor who rents the pool house on his property; his pal Wade (Nate Torrence), who has plenty of free time after his wife leaves him; and his assistant, Rory (Kyle Mooney). There's also the disabled Kives (Kevin Weisman), who's always up for cavorting around Hollywood but isn't really a friend—especially when he has more luck with women than Stuart. Guest stars include Jenny Slate, Crista Flanagan, Sean Wing and David Hornsby.

Critic Reviews for Hello Ladies Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

An underrated gem of a show...a sad sack sitcom well worth catching.

Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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Not ground breaking, but nice. Which sounds less enthusiastic than I meant it to. It's very likable.

Oct 16, 2013 | Full Review…
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As a self-important shlepper without any bottom line redemptive qualities, Stuart deserves what's coming to him.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Since Merchant is a gifted writer and performer, the series is diverting and funny, but the character and situations are too familiar.

Sep 24, 2013 | Full Review…
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With wider appeal comes less focus, meaning it's tough to see 'Hello Ladies' doing its source material justice as the series continues.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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Hello Ladies is awfully obvious, shooting phony fish in the Hollywood barrel.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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If Gervais' antics in The Office and Extras struck your funny bone in a positive way, you might find Merchant's first big Ricky-free foray to be a towering comedy achievement.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Shallow protagonist hits the clubs to find love -- and sex.

Oct 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Hello Ladies doesn't quite pull off the trick of making Stuart someone you want to spend week after week seeing.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

The show gets at [its] theme by making smart use of its Los Angeles setting.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Fans of Merchant's usual schtick will find much to like, but this brand of cringe comedy has grown dated and predictable. Still, the lanky funnyman has terrific comic timing and delivery, and the show gets a pass. Just.

Jan 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Merchant doesn't have something to offer. He's proven time and again to have a spot-on wit and flawless delivery, and hopefully Hello Ladies lives up to his legacy.

Oct 2, 2013 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hello Ladies: Season 1

  • Jan 27, 2019
    Ricky Gervais gets the lion’s share of the credit for The Office, and he’s a hyper-intelligent, system-baiting malcontent who thrives on controversy, so his position in the spotlight remains assured. But his creative partner in that venture, Stephen Merchant, is as intellectual and amusing a presence in interviews and – as proved by this series, which sees Merchant partnering with Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, who were involved in writing and producing the American version of The Office – as entertaining in a lead role as Gervais was as David Brent. Hello Ladies uses one of the same thematic ideas as The Office, being focused on a prideful, self-centred git, ostensibly oblivious to the disdain of those around then and yet quietly desperate for intimacy of any kind. The comedy in each episode of the most piquantly awkward kind possible, with Merchant’s Stuart roaming Los Angeles – what better place is there for superficial people to interact in insincere ways than Hollywood? – looking for companionship and coming up short, which is ironic, given that he’s nearly seven feet tall. The satire of the society in which the story is set is acerbic to the point of being almost bitter. It stops just short, but leaves the viewer in no doubt as to the warped emphases of many modern communities, as well as the emptiness that results in failing to meet the standards set by the supposed role models in those communities. The laughs that result are consistent, but often hollow, and therein lies the strength of Hello Ladies. It doesn’t shy away from being more than one thing simultaneously, which makes it difficult to love without reservation, but easier to appreciate as well-written, subtly performed (yes, “subtle” applies, even in a situation where a goofy giant is trying to throw a pool party for supermodels) work that presses a great deal more buttons than the formulaic laugh-track garbage that crowds such series out of most broadcast schedules. Funny and harsh, clever and crude – worth a look.
  • Jan 18, 2016
    Smart and relentless. Has all (if not more) of the cringe comedy offered by the British Office series.
  • Dec 23, 2015
  • Dec 11, 2015
    As a huge fan of Merchant's comedy, this show was pretty awful. Obvious storyline (first episode you know who he'll end up with), boring characters (nerdy guy who wants women way out of his league? Women portrayed as boring pretty-things who you should try to sleep with?) It's tired, it's boring, it's unoriginal and the genius of Smerch doesn't have anything to bounce off surrounded by the dull mediocracy of Americans in LA. This fell completely flat for me, it felt like it tried too hard to captivate American audiences, but Merchant is way more hilarious within an English setting (think Darren Lamb in Extras. Nerdy bloke who thinks he's a ladies man. Smerch had me in stitches with that one because the humour made SENSE with all the other oddball English characters. In Hello Ladies it's just… boring. Wouldn't recommend, check out Merchant's other works for a better look into how fantastic his comedy really is.
  • Oct 12, 2015
    I can't believe the tomatometer only gave this 52%. The cast, writing, are top notch. One of the funniest shows I've seen in a long while.
  • Sep 04, 2015
    It's so frustrating that certain shows are given praise that definitely don't deserve it, and shows that are genuinely a treat like Hello Ladies are given tepid reviews and canned. We need new "official" critics if entertaining shows like Hello Ladies is given anything less than an enthusiastic thumbs *way* up!
  • May 05, 2015
    Fantastic and really funny and deserved a longer run.
  • Mar 17, 2015
    I've watched this series over 3 times now and will watch it again. Absolutely love it. The script is clever, casting perfect and is well packaged up in a great setting (Hollywood Hills) with and appropriate sound track (think Hall & Oates style). The relaxed chemistry between Merchant and Woods is easy to watch and the surrounding cast such as Nate Thomas and Kevin Weisman is utilised to perfection. Any fans of The Office (UK) will recognise and appreciate Merchants influence on the script/production. Would have loved a Season 2, however the movie length finale was a great way to close out the series. Big Fan of this!
  • Dec 28, 2014
    This is one of the worst pieces of crap that HBO has ever allowed to be produced. It often doesn't make sense, and the protagonist is thoroughly unlikable in a role the requires likability. All in all - if I could go ZERO stars, I would.
  • Apr 14, 2014
    Stephen Merchant is a genius!

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