The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)

Season 1
The Crazy Ones

Critics Consensus

Robin Williams' comic dexterity helps to carry The Crazy Ones, a workplace sitcom that scores a few laughs but sometimes feels too improvised to fully cohere.



Critic Ratings: 41


Audience Score

User Ratings: 138
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Air date: Sep 26, 2013
Air date: Oct 3, 2013
Air date: Oct 10, 2013
Air date: Oct 17, 2013
Air date: Oct 24, 2013
Air date: Oct 31, 2013
Air date: Nov 7, 2013
Air date: Nov 14, 2013
Air date: Nov 21, 2013
Air date: Dec 5, 2013
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The first and only season of this sitcom follows Simon Roberts (Robin Williams), a creative but eccentric advertising executive who works alongside his levelheaded daughter, Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar), at an ad firm catering to top-tier clients. Fellow employees include easygoing Zach (James Wolk); neurotic Andrew (Hamish Linklater); and unexpectedly smart Lauren (Amanda Setton). At times, Simon wonders if he's no longer at the top of his game, and his ethics sometimes clash with those of his business partner, Gordon (Brad Garrett). Meanwhile, hardworking Sydney often struggles with her love life. One episode features a "Mork & Mindy" reunion with Williams and Pam Dawber.


Robin Williams
as Simon Roberts
Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Sydney Roberts
James Wolk
as Zach Cropper
Hamish Linklater
as Andrew Keaneally
Amanda Setton
as Lauren Slotsky
Brad Garrett
as Gordon Lewis
Josh Groban
as Danny Chase
Ari Stidham
as Crowd Member
Jamie Denbo
as Katherine
Michael Landes
as Josh Hayes
Ashley Tisdale
as Kelsi Lasker
Rod McLachlan
as Terrance
Ashley Dyke
as Pretty Girl
Tim Trobec
as Drunk Guy
Teddy Lane Jr.
as Security Guard
Gail O'Grady
as Hannah Sharples
Alan Rachins
as Bud Lymsky
Edward Asner
as Mr. Finger
Andre Ing
as Medic
J. Kristopher
as Firefighter
Cheryl Hines
as Beth Minker
Kurt Fuller
as Mitchell Payson
Michelle Arenal
as Cute Girl
Joe West
as Noah Minker
Joe West
as Noah Minker
Ivy George
as Little Girl
as Anastasia
Ludi Delfino
as Model #2
Dan Amos
as Usher
Lily Bigham
as Little Girl
Brenda Koo
as Brooke
Norma Micheals
as Aunt Sadie
Tri Pham
as Little Boy
John Duerler
as Security Guard #1
Shane Brady
as Band Mate #1
Jim Holmes
as Martin Lasker
Ken Brown
as Wilson
Eric Zuckerman
as Security Guard #2
Jessica Press
as Pepper #1
Eric Normington
as Male Customer #1
Gabriela Fresquez
as TV Reporter
Lex Medlin
as Harold
Asante Jones
as Bill #1
Jeff Holman
as Announcer
Alexis Brandt
as Pepper #3
Jimmy Sharp
as Torch Holder #1
Jack Gamero
as Cameron
P.J. Ochlan
as Maitre D
Richard Cowling
as Band Member #3
Zedric Harris
as Torch Holder #2
Kevin "Special K" Daley
as Harlem Globetrotter #1
David Hutchison
as Torch Holder #3
Anthony "Ant" Atkinson
as Harlem Globetrotter #2
Kris "Hi-Lite" Bruton
as Harlem Globetrotter #3
Jessica Harbeck
as Torch Holder #4
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Critic Reviews for The Crazy Ones Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (20)

The talented cast and upbeat pilot work in the series' favor, but if the half-hour is to be more than a platform for Williams' improv, the story will have to go deeper. And make us care.

Sep 6, 2013 | Full Review…

Williams' still-manic energy remains fun to watch; the script has its moments; and the cast is good. If the series doesn't keep it real, it could develop into something more consistently enjoyable.

Sep 4, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The madcap Williams has never been better, and Gellar's performance is a magnificently winning mixture of quiet desperation, mounting rage and wistful yearning.

Sep 27, 2013 | Full Review…

Williams is a treasure, leapfrogging through voices, characters, and puns. He's like a comic scat singer, zipping through his scales.

Sep 27, 2013 | Full Review…

With a strong supporting cast as the agency staff - James Wolk, Hamish Linklater and Amanda Setton - The Crazy Ones has the tools to make it work. It's the meat and the motion.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Crazy dumb, so far

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's nice to know the cast is enjoying themselves. It would be better if that sense of amusement extended more to the audience.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

When you combine Buffy Freakin' Summers, more commonly known as Sarah Michelle Gellar, with Academy Award winner Robin Williams, aka one of the greatest comedic icons of all time, it's a recipe for success.

Sep 27, 2013 | Full Review…

The show swings from bizarrely hilarious to sweet and sentimental often, which can be jarring at times but hopefully in later episodes the show won't try so hard to prove that it can show both sides of the coin. Moderation is key.

Sep 26, 2013 | Full Review…

It's a shameless corporate ripoff of a once-original idea.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Crazy Ones: Season 1

  • May 11, 2014
    Too goofy and lighthearted for its own good, The Crazy Ones delivers plenty of laughs but doesn't quite know when it's taking its jokes too far. Created by David E. Kelley, the series follows the ad campaigns and office shenanigans of Simon Roberts and his advertising company. Robin Williams leads the cast and delivers his trademark stand-up comedy (which is hit-and-miss). And, the cast as a whole is pretty weak (with the exception of Sarah Michelle Gellar). Yet, there are a lot of fun comedy sketches and some clever advertising satire throughout the episodes. A mediocre workplace sitcom, The Crazy Ones is entertaining but feels disjointed and cartoony at times.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2015
    Huge shame this was cancelled, personally I really enjoyed it and could see it having a future, but most of all because its cancellation seems to have played a big part in Robin's downfall. Very talented cast, so glad he and Pam Dawber had the chance to reunite one last time.
  • Aug 15, 2015
    The fact that some people don't like this, shows that some people have no sense of humour! This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen
  • Apr 14, 2015
    Just watched the first episode. Sarah was a bit wooden, Robin was a bit historical, James was still a bit gay (foreshadowing MadMen). Looking forward to the next episodes.
  • Feb 05, 2015
    I really liked the show. Mork and Mindy was just Robin Williams being hilarious, and a group of straight men. The crazy ones was Robin Williams elevating the ones around him. Really too bad it got cancelled, I really liked it!
  • May 24, 2014
    CBS's The Crazy Ones is hilarious, smart, and very entertaining. With great improvisation from its actors, and the zaniness of Williams, the show was a great addition to the CBS schedule.
  • Mar 22, 2014
    Quirky show. Love the entire cast.
  • Feb 27, 2014
    Probably my favourite show on TV right now, this show feels a lot like Scrubs did, only instead of medicine it is in the marketing world. You'd think Williams carries the show, but it's amazing how much the cast of relatively unknown actors is able to keep up with him, in most cases propelling the show to greatest heights. Well written, funny, believable, and with heart, this is really a perfectly put together show. Being able to play with real world brands is just the icing on the cake. I really can't find anything wrong with this show other than I wish each episode was an hour long!
  • Feb 27, 2014
    It's not fantastic, but it's worth it to see Robin Williams having so much fun.
  • Jan 29, 2014
    Look, it's not the best way that Robin Williams could return in, but at least he tries to be as humourous as he can be in this series, with many others (James Wolk, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hamish Linklater and Amanda Setton) pulling their own weight as well. Unfortunately, as much as I hate to admit it, Robin Williams' somewhat triumphant return will most likely last for one season.

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