The Carmichael Show: Season 1 (2015)



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


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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…
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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…
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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…

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