Rules of Engagement: Season 1 (2007)

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Rules of Engagement

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Rules of Engagement utilizes an old-fashioned, hoary outlook on gender politics, lacking wit or insight.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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User Ratings: 33

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Air date: Feb 5, 2007

The CBS sitcom The Rules of Engagement gets underway as long-married couple Audrey (Megyn Price) and Jeff (Patrick Warburton) invite newly engaged couple Adam (Oliver Hudson) and Jennifer (Bianca Kajlich) to an upcoming art opening. The day before the big event, however, Audrey and Jeff have a massive argument about an unused bicycle that has adorned their apartment for two years. In the aftermath of the blowout, Adam and Jennifer begin to have second thoughts about their impending marriage. But Adam and Jennifer aren't the only ones who have become cynical about marriage, because Audrey's friend Russell (David Spade) has yet to find a woman to settle down with. In a concerted attempt to change Russell's mind about marriage, Audrey sets him up on a date and hopes for the best.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2007

Audrey hosts a lavish party for Jeff's birthday against his will, but he goes along in order to get his "birthday deal," a secret gift Adam and Russell are eager to discover. They have their own ideas about what it could be, leading Adam and Jennifer to set up deals of their own, which Adam begins to regret after Jeff plants unsavory seeds in his mind about what Jennifer might request.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2007

When Jeff flirts openly with Russell's 24-year-old girlfriend, Audrey challenges him to take off his ring one night and see if he can get a young woman's phone number. Meanwhile, Adam and Jennifer are jealous over mementos from each other's past lovers. Beth: Candace Kroslak. Tawney: Rachelle Wood.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2007

Adam buys an expensive video-game console and Jennifer makes him promise to discuss major purchases first, but Russell interferes and makes Adam question the agreement. Meanwhile, Audrey accuses Jeff of being more emotionally involved with sports teams than with her.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2007

Adam and Jennifer plan a romantic weekend away, but a fight about their future sidetracks it. Meanwhile, Russell meets an older woman (Jessica Walter) he slept with on his 18th birthday and plans on bedding her again, even though she's now 60; and Jeff and Audrey discuss having kids.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2007

Jeff's embarrassed when Jennifer massages his neck and he's very noticeably aroused. Meanwhile, Russell tries to flirt with a teacher, but keeps getting insulted by a little bully. Bully: Colby Paul. Teacher: Andrea Lynn Silvers.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2007

In the first-season finale, Jeff doesn't want to part with his T-shirts from his college days, so Audrey finds a creative way to keep them around, but now Jeff can't stop reliving old memories. Meanwhile, Jennifer is worried that Adam is unsure about marriage. Jesse: Maggie Lawson. Party Guy: Marc Goldsmith.

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The debut season of the CBS sitcom "Rules of Engagement" introduces us to four people at different stages of their relationships, and a womanizing guy who is a friend to all four of the individuals. Oliver Hudson plays Adam, a young, sweet-natured, unsophisticated financial officer who is involved with Jennifer (Bianca Kajilich), an impulsive woman who often drags her guy along on many adventures and schemes. Adam, who works in finance, admires his co-worker Jeff (Patrick Warburton), a manly man who dispenses relationship tips to Adam that are often unsound because Jeff has grown cynical in his marriage to Audrey (Megyn Price), a modern woman who tolerates her husband's boorish behavior. Their friend Russell (David Spade) frequents prostitutes and enjoys picking up emotionally damaged women, and provides a counter balance to the committed relationships of the other four main characters. Highlights from the first season include Jeff and Audrey considering starting a family, a birthday party that causes major headaches, Russell pretending to be much younger to impress a new conquest, and Audrey worrying that her husband thinks she's not as much fun as women he used to date.

Critic Reviews for Rules of Engagement Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (18)

[Patrick] Warburton's the main attraction, laying down a steady downbeat of beat-down. It's still easy to grin and bear him. But [David] Spade? Not quite so much anymore.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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While Rules provides some been-there moments, the laughs are few and far between. It's not the fault of the cast, but maybe it's the fault of the premise, which overtly focuses on stereotypes.

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Rules of Engagement gives appealing actors hit-and-miss material about the battle of the sexes.

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It has some funny punch lines, but it's almost crude enough to pass for a Fox sitcom. I tune in for one reason: Patrick Warburton.

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"Rules" is a classic example of how the networks seem unable to cut themselves loose from predictable formulas in situation comedies.

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Rules of Engagement is a buddy sitcom, but its three male stars have no chemistry.

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"Rules of Engagement" can only aspire to mediocrity.

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"Rules of Engagement" is less than an inspiring take on engagement, marriage and single life.

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Yet another entry in the heterosexual-battle-of-the-sexes sitcom genre, Rules' "wit" begins and ends with its punning title.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

The writing is clever and crisp with a refreshingly delicate touch.

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[David] Spade's sharp humor is occasionally borderline offensive. But the show is also very well written, and contains lots of humorous moments, too.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Rules of Engagement" has its share of laughs but it's dragged down by its shortcomings.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rules of Engagement: Season 1

  • Jul 03, 2020
    This is truly one of the greatest shows ever.
  • Feb 11, 2020
    Not only is it a "How I Met Your Mother" ripoff, it's also a bad one
  • Feb 07, 2019
    Such an incredibly amazing show! Much funnier than majority of the other similar sitcoms.
  • Aug 28, 2018
    Excellent NOT politically correct show , absolutely hilarious. One of the funniest comedy series of all time.
  • Aug 24, 2018
    Rules of Engagement is a steady stream of great one liners with a throwback format that is perfectly rude This is definitely a great show to binge watch
  • Apr 07, 2015
    For only being a 7 episode season, and clearly written with the intention not to move towards a second season, Season 1 of Rules of Engagement kicked off the series with a hilarious pilot episode, followed with enjoyable episodes until the season finale. The show plays off of stereotypes...and if you as the viewer can accept that, you'll have a good time.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Great comedy TV show! Check it out I highly recommend it! Unfortunately got cancelled but you should pick up the seasons if you can find them!
  • Jan 13, 2014
    Decently funny, and always interesting.

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