The Carmichael Show: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
The Carmichael Show

Critics Consensus

The fitfully funny Carmichael Show earns points for its attempts at topical humor -- even if they're often trapped in dated sitcom tropes.



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 58
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Air date: Aug 26, 2015
Air date: Aug 26, 2015
Air date: Sep 2, 2015
Air date: Sep 2, 2015
Air date: Sep 9, 2015
Air date: Sep 9, 2015

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In Season 1 of "The Carmichael Show," Jerrod (Jerrod Carmichael) struggles to tell his parents he has moved in with Maxine (Amber Stevens West), his therapist-in-training girlfriend. Meanwhile, Cynthia (Loretta Devine) and Joe (David Alan Grier) refuse to change their ways despite a worrying trip to the hospital; and Maxine confronts Joe when she discovers he gave Jerrod a gun. Elsewhere, Jerrod's birthday is put on hold as Cynthia and Maxine join a Black Lives Matter protest. And when Jerrod volunteers for the Big Brother program, he finds himself unsettled by the words of his ward.

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Critic Reviews for The Carmichael Show Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (16)

One hesitates to criticize the in-your-face comedy of the new sitcom The Carmichael Show when NBC has graciously scheduled it so that the smallest possible audience will watch it. Still, the show is mediocre.

Aug 26, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is one crazy-paced show, and one smartly crafted comedy.

Aug 26, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It all makes for a pleasant surprise.

Aug 26, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Carmichael manages to take hackneyed situations and turn them into something unexpected and fresh.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

For all there is to like about Carmichael, that added bit of substance, at least out of the box, feels elusive.

Aug 25, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Carmichael is fearless in his material (the writing on the show is shared with co-creator Nicholas Stoller and others) and loves to cast a skeptical eye on conventional wisdom.

Aug 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Carmichael Show reminds me that certain formats still work if executed properly. Its visual simplicity can be disarming at first, but if you pull back the curtain you'll enjoy how it tackles varying degrees of controversial targets.

Mar 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Rather than simply explore racial identity and tension, it's wading deep into the racial-and political and religious-conflicts that characterize our era.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The heavily topical show was the closest thing TV had to a classic Normal Lear sitcom in years, with every episode finding comedy in a hot button issue.

Aug 24, 2017 | Full Review…

This is a comedy that should be noticed and nurtured.

Aug 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Carmichael Show: Season 1

  • Oct 18, 2017
    I almost gave this an 8, but decided to save a higher rating for the other seasons, if they possibly really do get better. This isn't that funny, and I wish it wasn't a multi camera sitcom, but then sometimes that actually works for it in its favor! I really like the parts where they're all discussing something, usually an interesting topic to hear discussed by that many people in that manner. Everyone gives outstanding performances though! Episodes 2 and 3 are weak, Episode 4 is slightly better, Episode 1 may be my favorite, but I think Episodes 5 and 6 are the best! Especially five 5! I think I'd recommend this show, if people like watching a good show, that's not very funny.
  • May 20, 2016
    I really enjoy the show!! Super funny with talented actors!!
  • Jan 25, 2016
    This is a review of the pilot episode as posted on The Qtv Review ( Laugh track aside... I'm not entirely mad at Carmichael. You've got to give props to anyone who manages to pull off "sex musk" multiple times in one scene. Also, I may or may not have had the "You don't vote? The fuck is wrong you?" conversation with someone who may or may not be my husband. So, at least I can relate to this show. Also, David Alan Grier hanging out, wearing a Barack "Neobama" Obama t-shirt is all anyone will ever need in this life. And seeing him defend George W. Bush while wearing it and simultaneously accidentally ending an argument with premarital relation confessions... is priceless. As is a full-grown man in a blue camo Snuggie attempting make-up sex. Last, but surely not least, I have to show my appreciation for equating voting Republican with "living in sin."
  • Aug 30, 2015
    It was pretty funny. I can see it getting better. First couple shows are always rocky.

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