Kevin Can Wait: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)


Season 1
Kevin Can Wait

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Kevin James proves a likable, funny lead, but Kevin Can Wait relies too heavily on predictable, unfunny jokes and a series of lackluster subplots to stand out from the crowd.



Critic Ratings: 29


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User Ratings: 155

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Air date: Sep 19, 2016

Kevin, a newly retired police officer, faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. In the opener, Kevin's retirement plans go awry when he learns his wife has shielded him from key family problems while he worked as a cop and that he must now face them head-on.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2016

Kevin rearranges the house to his liking after his buddies convince him that Donna makes all their decisions and has organized the house for her own benefit. Meanwhile, Kendra enlists her Uncle Kyle to help toughen up Chale.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2016

Kevin thinks he's got it made when he hires someone, via a new online app, to do household chores for him while he plays football with his buddies and then takes all the credit with Donna.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2016

Kevin tries to spice up his time with his buddies after he sees how much fun Donna and her friends have at their book club meetings.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2016

Kevin gets caught stealing Goody's heroic cop story from years ago to cover up forgetting his wedding anniversary.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2016

Kevin and Donna try to sabotage their son's friendship with a boy from school after meeting the kid's arrogant father and pushy mom.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2016

Kevin and Donna pretend not to be home on Halloween to avoid giving out candy. Meanwhile, Chale gets involved in an altercation with a man dressed as a viking.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2016

Kevin gets jealous when he hears how happy his former patrol partner is with the extremely well fit rookie now riding with him and sets out to show his old friend what he's missing.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2016

Kevin takes a job as a bartender but he goes too far when he starts dispensing unsolicited advice to his customers.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2016

Kevin convinces his buddies to invest in his new food truck venture, but when his chef quits Kevin worries he may have bit off more than he can chew.

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In Series 1 of "Kevin Can Wait," recently retired Kevin Gable tries to settle into life away from the police force. With the assistance of his wife Donna, Kevin tries his hand at a variety of new activities to occupy his time, but nothing quite seems to fit until an opportunity to come out of retirement raises its head. Meanwhile, Kevin's daughter, Kendra, quits school to support her supposed tech whiz boyfriend Chale, who has been secretly working to buy her an engagement ring. Elsewhere, Donna tries to expand their couples friendship group, and Mott needs Kevin's help with the kids. Guest starring Ray Romano, Leah Remini, Adam Sandler, Billy Joel and Harry Connick Jr.

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Critic Reviews for Kevin Can Wait Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (15)

Kevin Can Wait is the most ordinary of dumb-dad sitcoms.

Jun 24, 2020 | Full Review…

James has decent comic timing, but the pilot is relatively laughless.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…

In the end, Kevin James is an extremely likable and funny guy and while it's good to have him back on-screen making jokes, it's a shame that it can't be in a better show.

Sep 19, 2016 | Full Review…
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The meat-and-potatoes network sitcom James' fans expect, with an added bonus - Long Island.

Sep 19, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Can the star of the show, let alone CBS, really believe in this material? It's one thing to put the brain in park after a long workday. It's quite another to pound it into mush.

Sep 15, 2016 | Rating: D- | Full Review…
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It feels less like a show of its own than a collection of hoary TV tropes - Schlumpy Guy With a Hot Wife, Wimpy Son-in-Law, Hypochondriac Kid - strung together in service of the pun in the title.

Jun 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Like that one, the punchlines fly thick, fast and pointed in Kevin Can Wait, and enough of them land to make it a diverting, if unenlightening, experience.

Jun 24, 2020 | Full Review…

While [Kevin James'] still amusing at times, he's not given great material, and his generic sitcom wife (Hayes) is no Leah Remini, whose chemistry with James in "Queens" made the show so popular.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The plot doesn't sound all that promising, but Kevin Can Wait actually qualifies as quality time.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Sure, it's safe and a little dated, but Kevin James is always a welcome presence on my TV screen. (Just no cameos from Paul Blart, please and thank you.)

Sep 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Kevin Can Wait is exactly what you'd expect from Kevin James. No more, no less. Some fans might find that appealing, but most of us don't feel like waiting around. There are more rewarding shows to be found elsewhere.

Sep 20, 2016 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

James shines, but familiar cliches bog down mundane sitcom.

Sep 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kevin Can Wait: Season 1

  • Jan 14, 2020
    An unfunny comedy of unlikable characters. It may have worked 20 years ago but nowadays it just feels stale and crusty.
  • May 06, 2018
    Overly stupid like Mike and molly. I thought we moved passed this kind of tgif nonsense after we were liberated by Seinfeld in the 90s. At that point in time king of queens came to be, it prospered for a reason... No mindlessly stupid so called jokes. I could go over every single episode with and point out each unrealistic encounter but that is the job of the editor?
  • Nov 28, 2017
    Season one has a Nassau County, Long Island, NY Police officer retiring early after 20 years (stepping off in 20) on the force and finding that the family will need extra income to survive. The dynamic works with wife Donna, played by Erinn Hayes being the realist to Kevin James' boyish denial. The family plot is thickened by the eldest daughter's boyfriend, Chale being a comedic focal point. Rubbing Kevin's last nerve as all plans change with Chale moving into the garage apartment (a Long Island staple) without a job and the daughter dropping out of college until the boyfriend hits it big with his computer app dreams. Kevin's family and fellow retirees as well as neighbors and acquaintances keep feeding the storyline in a clean, G rated way. The show does utilize canned laughter which you don't hear much of in these times of reality show boredom and that can be a distraction when overused, but there are no complaints here. It's a family show with a non complex theme that helps take the viewer away from their lives for 20 minutes each week. The problem comes at the end of season one when they bring back Leah Remini in an attempt to raise the ratings. That was a fatal move (as per the new ratings) as season two opens without wife Donna whom has died for some unknown reason and the King of Queens television show is reborn. If you have season one taped, good for you and that's all you'll need. For the rest you can watch King of Queens re-runs on that other channel as the dynamic has changed that much in relation to season one.
  • Jun 25, 2017
    Predictable and just not funny. Fat jerk of a husband with skinny cute wife. Kevin James was the weakest link of King of Queens.
  • Apr 27, 2017
    I had high hopes for this because I like Kevin James and I loved King of Queens but this is a sorry showing. I really wanted to like it but it just wasn't funny at all.
  • Mar 29, 2017
    I like this show, it's good clean humor and my husband and I laugh out loud numerous times during every episode!
  • Mar 20, 2017
    I never miss this Kevin Can Wait. I've been a fan of Kevin James for a lot of years and while I think the show can be slightly better, I have yet to watch an episode that I didn't laugh at or enjoy. I'm so glad he's back on the air and this show is a nice change from a lot of the other garbage we've been subjected to for so long.
  • Feb 11, 2017
    The most unfunny new show on tv.
  • Feb 07, 2017
    I think Kevin is so funny.
  • Feb 07, 2017
    This show gets better and better with each episode... Stick with it, it will be worth the laugh out loud belly laughs!!!

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