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There are many appealing elements in play, notably a breakout comic performance by Jana Schmieding, but little clear sense of what the larger theme is going to be.
The series doesn't have much of its own comedic signature, even though it has plenty of compelling ideas.
Where the sitcom shines - and, like early "Parks," shows a promising upward trajectory - is in fleshing out the Minishonka community.
Helms may be the name brand star luring people in to watch this show, but casting him as the willful foil to someone like Terry, thereby bringing more attention to the stellar and deserving Greyeyes, is a masterful move.
Rutherford Falls is a home run. It forces audiences to recognize how important this moment is.
Rutherford Falls's first season isn't perfect, but the building blocks are there for it to become a truly great comedy.
The series is rich with potential and what I saw in the first few episodes has me hooked!
It's charming as hell and often very funny... Most of its jokes, however, are rooted in character, and its characters are refreshingly complex.
If you have an interest in great supporting characters and occasionally good humor with a good message behind it, you might enjoy Rutherford Falls.
Audience Reviews for Rutherford Falls: Season 1
9h agoI love the story plot. The actors are great and it's very funny. Behind the comedy though the story deals with a very important issue. Happy I decided to view this series. I'm really enjoying it.
3d agoIt's just not funny. That's a problem for a show billed as a comedy.
4d agoThis show touches on complex issues with humour, accuracy and sensitivity. I started to watch it because of Ed Helms (and he didn't disappoint), but I continued to watch it because of the ensemble cast and interesting (and refreshingly fresh) storyline. The show is quirky and serious, funny and poignant.
6d agoDo not think I laughed once.
May 11, 2021Takes a couple episodes to establish it's world and find it's footing, just like most Michael Schur shows (and most sitcoms, really), but once it gets going it's right up there with the rest.
May 08, 2021I thought this show was incredibly charming. Really the only thing I wasn't into was the blustery Rutherford family stuff involving the family house in New Jersey. The music was great, the title sequence was charming, the acting is fantastic and Michael Greyeyes has spectacular comic timing. I am writing this review because I was kind of dismayed to see a low audience score. It's been a really long time since I've been so enamored with a show from the jump- i think maybe the last time I felt like this was Kimmy Schmidt. Anyway, great work writers - it felt honest and funny and fresh and it dealt with contemporary issues in a way that let all the issues be voiced in a way that didn't talk down to any one person.
May 07, 2021Atypical drama-satire for North American audiences; not a studio sit-com, no laugh-track. I am not surprised that the audience rating is around 65% fresh. Once you shift your expectations, over the first 4 episodes it grows into an excellent series, with a few one-liners, underlying satire with meaningful and ultimately rewarding elements of colonial-indigenous differences, shaking up a Euro-centric narrative of history (without being too "woke", but rather striving for messy authenticity). The lead female character,, Reagan, is excellent, as is the Casino manager, Terry, and all of the supporting cast are very good. The one area that may be improved is the lead guy, Nathan, who's portrayal of Nathan Rutherford lacks much nuance or complexity -- even Boy Scouts have some depth. That said, he DOES bring his Hollywood star power to the show, and some decent comedy bits, so his limitations are tolerable, with the potential to improve - maybe a relationship, or new vocation?? In sum, an excellent show, well worth your time.
May 04, 2021Rutherford Falls is a potential TV series with an interesting topic about indigenous people live in America. This is really fresh for me.
May 03, 2021This show is truly awful and in no sense funny . Even if they added a laugh track you still wouldn't know when to laugh. It makes other recent mainstream ‘comedies' seem good in comparison to it. (It makes Mr Mayor and ‘ call me Kat' no longer the worst new comedies of the season )
May 03, 2021It has potential, the writing is a little bland they need more cringe.