The Great Indoors: Season 1 Reviews

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January 25, 2019
It all rings just true enough to be fairly funny; the pilot episode comes across as a way to poke harmless fun across the divide.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 13, 2018
The show just alienates too much of its potential audience; an audience that by the show's own admission is easily offended, and probably won't stick around once it realizes it's the butt of some ill-conceived jokes.
March 21, 2017
First bite, and it's Satire 0, Snowflakes 1, and Fry gets no good lines whatsoever. Whatever was our national treasure doing? Had he just been wandering past the set?
November 30, 2016
What's remarkable and what explains the show's status as a new hit is that the one-joke format has been successfully mined and expanded.
November 1, 2016
Throwback comedy pits Gen-Xers against Millennials.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 27, 2016
The show's ignorance feels totemic, though-there's nothing wrong with poking fun at younger folk, of course, but it's can't be the premise of an entire television series, certainly not one with any hope of a future.
October 27, 2016
The Great Indoors is passably amusing, even if you can see just about every punch line coming.
October 27, 2016
The Great Indoors, while far from great, is the freshest, wittiest new comedy on CBS this fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 27, 2016
This new sitcom starring Joel McHale is a kind of self-negating machine: It's aimed at millennials yet making fun of them constantly, and aimed at McHale fans while putting the star in his least-flattering light.
October 27, 2016
It's the worldview of this youth bashing, status quo relishing nostalgia bait which is hard to get behind.
October 27, 2016
If you're interested in a show that deals with a Gen X-er navigating a workplace run by Millennials in a smart and even emotional way, check out Younger on TV Land instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 26, 2016
With its office-as-asylum atmosphere, Great Indoors echoes NewsRadio, not a bad influence. You might want to stay inside yourself to catch this.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 26, 2016
The Great Indoors has at least the potential to grow into something better. But it might not be worth that second look if not for Stephen Fry.
October 26, 2016
There are plenty of good laughs, and the show is an equal-opportunity roaster: Both predigital Jack and the hyper-digital young guns are skewered.
October 26, 2016
I wish this sitcom had been built around his character; the jokes would make a lot more sense in context, plus we'd get to have more Stephen Fry, which is never a bad thing.
October 26, 2016
Still, despite how broad and obvious the humor is, the show does manage to be funny a good deal of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 26, 2016
The Great Indoors is a painfully clunky series, and a near criminal waste of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 26, 2016
Ageism isn't only aimed at today's elders. In the sad case of CBS' The Great Indoors, it can also be applied to millennials.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
October 25, 2016
Joel McHale as a journalist named Jack who makes fun of millennials and their social media habits: What's wrong with this picture, besides everything?
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 25, 2016
The Great Indoors isn't just annoying because it's not funny, but because it simplifies everything - from character interactions to the mind space of an entire generation - for the sole purpose of one tiring joke: millennials are dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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