The New Adventures of Old Christine: Season 1 (2006)

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The New Adventures of Old Christine

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The New Adventures of Old Christine is a great vehicle for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' sparkling brand of comedy.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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Air date: Mar 13, 2006

Divorced working mother Christine Campbell (series star JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS) owns a women's 30-minute workout gym, successfully juggling the daily stresses of motherhood and her business. Her 8-year-old son, Ritchie (series star TREVOR GAGNON), has just been accepted into a posh private school frequented by two snooty stay-at-home moms, Marly (series star TRICIA O'KELLEY) and Lindsay (series star ALEX KAPP HORNER). Christine's twentysomething slacker brother, Matthew (series star HAMISH LINKLATER), lives with her and also serves as Ritchie's babysitter. Christine gets along with her charming ex-husband, Richard (series star CLARK GREGG), even better than when they were married, but her life gets a lot more complicated when she meets Richard's new girlfriend: a nice, young, impossible-to-hate woman also named Christine (series star EMILY RUTHERFURD)...the "new" Christine.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2006

Upon learning that Richard and "new" Christine are enjoying an intimate relationship, Christine becomes determined to make her own romantic conquests. After several failed attempts to meet eligible men, she finally runs into a divorced guy named Stan (recurring guest star ANDY RICHTER - "Andy Richter Controls the Universe") at the grocery store. Unbeknownst to Christine, however, needy Stan is known as "Sad Dad" at Ritchie's school.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2006

Upon learning that her close friend Barb (recurring guest star Emmy Award winner WANDA SYKES - "The Chris Rock Show") is responsible for matching up "new" Christine and Richard, Christine allows Barb to set her up on a blind date of her own. After a series of unsuccessful dates, Christine finds the possibility of love in the strangest of places. Meanwhile, Matthew takes Ritchie to swimming lessons.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2006

Upon learning from the gloating Matthew that Christine is out enjoying her fifth date with an attorney, Burton (recurring guest star MATT LETSCHER - "Joey"), Richard does what any self-respecting ex-husband would do: He sabotages the happy couple's goodnight kiss and insults Burton with lawyer jokes. But when Richard tries to make it up to the pair by inviting them to dinner with him and "new" Christine, his best-laid plans go awry.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2006

Christine gets nervous when Burton (recurring guest star MATT LETSCHER) tries to take their relationship to the next level. After 10 dates, Christine faces a critical moment. Will she or won't she--let him in the house, that is, to meet her son, Ritchie. She eventually relents, only to freak out even more later.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2006

Concerned about the uniformity of Ritchie's schoolmates, Christine takes it upon herself to help diversify the student body at his exclusive private school. But her attempt to promote racial and ethnic diversity has unintended consequences. Recurring guest star WANDA SYKES appears as Christine's friend Barb.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2006

Everyone expects Christine to fall apart emotionally after her breakup, but she insists she is fine and looking forward to spending some time on her own. However, after being humiliated while dining out alone, Christine realizes she really did care for her ex-boyfriend, which drives her even crazier. Recurring guest star ANDY RICHTER appears as Stan.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2006

Christine feels pressured to throw an extravagant party for Ritchie's ninth birthday, his first involving children from his new private school. Christine decides to have an arts-and-crafts party at her home--with mixed results.

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Air date: May 1, 2006

Christine tries to behave maturely when Richard brings "new" Christine to breakfast with Ritchie so they can get to know each other. By the end of the day, Christine must compose herself in order to make a good impression at parents' night at Ritchie's school, but she is caught off guard when "new" Christine shows up there as well.

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Air date: May 8, 2006

Christine's former marriage counselor comes into the gym, leading to some awkward moments between the two women. When Christine mentions this to Richard, his cryptic reaction leads her to question whether it was in the counselor's best interest to encourage their divorce. Meanwhile, after Matthew finds Christine's wedding video in a box of old photo albums, Christine takes a trip down memory lane. Recurring guest star WANDA SYKES appears as Christine's friend Barb.

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Tv Season Info

Comedy from Kari Lizer stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell, a divorced working mom who successfully juggles the daily stresses of motherhood and owning a women's 30-minute gym.

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Critic Reviews for The New Adventures of Old Christine Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (18)

Christine might flop at acting seductive, but Louis-Dreyfus is irresistible. She stakes her claim to playing the ultimate desperate housewife.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Louis-Dreyfus herself tries hard - sometimes too hard - and deserves better. So do viewers.

Mar 21, 2006 | Full Review…

This surprisingly pleasing show just may signify the end of the ''Seinfeld" curse.

Mar 21, 2006 | Full Review…

A sitcom doesn't have to break new ground to be good, but it does have to make you feel that it isn't just going through the motions. "Christine" satisfies on that score to some extent, but you just want more from it.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Viewing season 1 is a crash course in how to build a successful comedy series.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Desultory guffaws (yes, there is a laugh track) at best.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

It has its heart in the right place, skillfully uses [Julia] Louis-Dreyfus' ability to be appealing awkward and smartly makes her character sympathetic. At times, the pilot is downright adorable.

Nov 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the able hands of Louis-Dreyfus, Christine sometimes manages to be complex, but only for a moment, until she's drowned out by the ubiquitous laugh track.

Nov 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The show's potential downfall, beyond its thin premise, is that the cast comes off as characters reciting lines in a sitcom, not as people who exist in the real world.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

That doesn't mean the show is horrible -- it's enjoyable and has some occasional very funny jokes -- but the series thus far fails to completely utilize Louis-Dreyfus's comedic talents.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

She's trying to create a real woman, whining, sighing, laughing, getting by, being silly. It's rather endearing.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

I like Julia Louis-Dreyfus well enough, [but] this show bored the pants off of me. It wasn't heinous; it just wasn't hilarious or exciting.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The New Adventures of Old Christine: Season 1

  • Mar 11, 2020
    This show was a good sitcom, filled with loveable characters and funny one-liners. Season 1 may have had a slow start but later seasons make up for it.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Pretty good show, got cancelled though

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