How to Be a Gentleman: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)

Season 1
How to Be a Gentleman

Critics Consensus

Well-acted and occasionally funny, How to Be a Gentlemansuffers from a stale premise and a lack of sharply-drawn characters.



Critic Ratings: 26

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User Ratings: 0

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Air date: Sep 29, 2011
Air date: Oct 6, 2011
Air date: Oct 15, 2011
Air date: May 26, 2012
Air date: May 26, 2012
Air date: Jun 2, 2012
Air date: Jun 9, 2012
Air date: Jun 16, 2012
Air date: Jun 23, 2012

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In this odd-couple comedy, a reserved etiquette columnist (David Hornsby) turns to a rough-and-tumble trainer and gym owner (Kevin Dillon) who bullied him in high school to help him adopt a new style. Meanwhile, things aren't helped by Andrew's dominating sister Janet (Mary Lynn Rajskub), who picks on Andrew and her husband, Mike (Rhys Darby). Hornsby created the series, adapting from a non-fiction book by John Bridges.

Critic Reviews for How to Be a Gentleman Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (15)

The question is whether the half-hour is merely humorless or actually offensive.

Sep 29, 2011 | Full Review…

CBS's new Thursday night sitcom needs to start fighting fast.

Sep 29, 2011 | Full Review…

There's just not that much there at all.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

How He Met His Id. Ouch.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The cast is an embarrassment of potential, but Dillon is wearing as a Drama-like dude; the cultural-obsession-with-youth trope is old; and the learning-to-be-a-man stuff is pat. It's very meh.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A comedy with a solid core group of characters and a chance to go the distance.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Returning to HTBAG next week would definitely be worth it.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 7.1/10 | Full Review…

Just stale in every way.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

There's some potential with the strong cast, but it's more of a wait-and-see than a must-see.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, it seems this may be a case of a mediocre show happening to good people.

Sep 29, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How to Be a Gentleman: Season 1

  • Jun 23, 2016
    The acting may seem bad towards the beginning, but it's more the directing. But I actually enjoy the show. I think it's funny enough, but also has a good plot and some heart even (Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker are producers, so no surprise there!) It may not be the best show, but it's only 9 episodes, on Netflix, and makes me laugh enough. And I love Mary Lynn Rajskub! I always thought she was pretty funny in 24!

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