Kevin Can Wait: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)


Season 1
Kevin Can Wait

Critics Consensus

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: 25


Audience Score

User Ratings: 152
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Air date: Sep 19, 2016
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Air date: Oct 31, 2016
Air date: Nov 7, 2016
Air date: Nov 14, 2016
Air date: Nov 21, 2016
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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.


Kevin James
as Kevin
Erinn Hayes
as Donna
Jim Breuer
as Father Phillip
Leah Remini
as Vanessa Cellucci
James K. Shea
as Trick or Treater #2
Sienna James
as Trick or Treater #1
Suzanne Petri
as Mrs. Hoost
Andrew Pang
as Dr. Wang
Chris Monty
as Dynamic Bob
Ray Longo
as Customer
Maxine Prescott
as Elderly Woman
Wolfgang Jack Lacz
as Joey Gruber
Joey Kola
as Larry Anderson
Jake Katzman
as Paul Gruber
Cynthia Mace
as Chale's Mom
Noré Davis
as Customer
Julian Gamble
as Mr. Ferguson
Noré Davis
as Customer
Mike Soccio
as Rick Gruber
Chris Titone
as Customer
John Trueson
as Customer
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Critic Reviews for Kevin Can Wait Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

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…
Top Critic

The meat-and-potatoes network sitcom James' fans expect, with an added bonus - Long Island.

Sep 19, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

I'm not opposed to "Kevin Can Wait" on any particular principle... But I am let down that CBS reserves so much of its schedule for serving rice pudding laced with sedative.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

With kids in the mix and a future son-in-law on the scene, Kevin Can Wait is like The Honeymooners collided with a few subplots of Father of the Bride.

Sep 8, 2016 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Kevin Can Wait: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Jan 23, 2017
    I tried to give this show a chance because I like Kevin James, but this show is pretty bad. Very predictable, nit very funny and actually irritating in spots every episode. Erinn Hayes as the wife is really miscast, giving unbelievable, wooden performances. This one gets an F from me.
  • Jan 23, 2017
    Not funny at all. and he is just mean to his wife.

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