Netflix Presents: The Characters: Season 1 Reviews

May 15, 2020
They may not all fire, but if we're getting stuff like this, the occasional Sandler movie doesn't seem so bad after all.
May 15, 2020
The series is a bit of a mixed bag, but it's a good deal more original than most sketch stuff.
May 15, 2020
There's a broad range of talent on display, and while each comedian only gets one episode to show off, it gives them the chance to distill their ideas into a kind of showreel that could launch them to future fame.
May 15, 2020
Netflix's hands-off approach yields some heartening results on The Characters. Each episode plays like a pure extension of its author's individual sensibility as a comedian and, in some instances, a visual stylist.
May 15, 2020
The Characters is just plain weird and far from entirely successful. But it deserves a chance, especially since Skidmore, Aniello and Segal's concept gives new voices a space to express themselves.
May 15, 2020
Say what you want about Netflix's flood of original series, but the streaming service's willingness to allot chunks of its seemingly bottomless resources to comedians has provided a home for original comic voices to thrive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 15, 2020
You don't know where you're going to go or what kind of people you're going to meet or whether anything that happens is going to connect to the rest of the episode. The whole experience is delightfully unpredictable.
May 15, 2020
Netflix Presents The Characters is as inconsistent and eccentric as Netflix as a whole, but that's what makes it so watchable... No matter what you're into, there's something there for you.
March 18, 2016
This series is a bit of a mixed bag, but has enough highlights to make it worthwhile, particularly for comedy fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 14, 2016
Eight young comedians were given a little over a half-hour in which to produce ... comedy. Which, in the four made available for screening, they do.
March 10, 2016
The idea behind The Characters is risky and brilliant.
March 9, 2016
Each episode embodies its creator's distinct voice, shows what kind of comedy they're drawn to and excel at. Netflix gave the comedians creative control, so everyone ends up playing to their strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: A-