The Crazy Ones: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)


Season 1
The Crazy Ones

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 41

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User Ratings: 140

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Air date: Sep 26, 2013

Simon tries to persuade Kelly Clarkson to sing a jingle for his firm's biggest client in the series premiere of this comedy about an eccentric advertising exec who works alongside his levelheaded daughter at their ad firm.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2013

Simon urges Sydney to head up a coffee-shop campaign, but things don't go smoothly for her. Meanwhile, Simon puts Andrew in charge of looking after some ducklings, and Zach gets jealous.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2013

Simon wants to replace Sydney's bad child memories with positive new ones, so he teaches her how to drive again. Elsewhere, Lauren's comments about Andrew's behavior toward Zach crush Andrew's confidence.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2013

The gang try to work on a campaign for a breakfast food, but they get sidetracked by discussing one another's personal lives.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2013

A cosmopolitan client excites the staff and they get competitive about impressing her, but then things take a sexual turn and the coworkers realize they know too much info about one another.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Simon is nominated for a coveted advertising award, as is the guy Sydney had a huge crush on in high school.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Sydney's enamored ex-coworker writes a song about her, and it has an alarming stalker vibe to it. Meanwhile, Simon has difficulty coming up with a pitch to promote Australian tourism because that locale brings back memories of his last drinking spree.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2013

Simon must cut ties with his first client because the account conflicts with another one, and this displeases Gordon, Simon and Sydney's partner.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2013

The agency's annual softball game is held, and the stakes are high for one employee whose job is on the line. Meanwhile, the real story concerning Simon's memorable last win may be revealed.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2013

Simon and Gordon clash over whether ethics can be ignored when pursuing a highly-sought client. Meanwhile, Lauren tries on a multi-million dollar Victoria's Secret bra and is unable to remove it.

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The premiere series 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.

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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…
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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…
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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…

I'll give The Crazy Ones a break and the benefit of the doubt by saying it's the kind of show and ensemble (including the gifted but so-far-underused Hamish Linklater) that could very easily gel over time.

Sep 26, 2013 | Full Review…

The pilot's storyline... is slapdash at best. It doesn't help that the viewer suspects the script was approved by McDonald's as a product placement deal.

Sep 26, 2013 | 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.
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  • Jul 26, 2020
    The wonderful cast made the show a treat for as long as we had it.
  • 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.

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