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A featherweight entertainment with a good cast, some charm, and not nearly enough laughs.
Trial and Error is blunter in its punchlines, but still frequently charming, mostly thanks to Lithgow's daffy appeal and D'Agosto's genial frustration as the straight man in a room full of kooks.
In 3rd Rock From the Sun, Lithgow was an alien trying to get by. In Trial & Error, he's a human trying to get by. His brilliance gives Trial & Error a good chance of succeeding.
You'll likely at least be grinning, if not sometimes laughing out loud. Because after a halting start, the amusements are plentiful during the three half-hours made available for review.
I laughed, and then I cried to myself about how stupid I was to laugh at such a silly show. But there it was: I laughed out loud at this kooky, uneven spoof, whose jokes are almost inevitably about how profoundly stupid the characters are.
If you like your comedy dark and twisted, Trial & Error could be just your cup of cyanide-laced coffee.
This deeply silly sitcom may be guilty of overplaying its hand to score cheap laughs... But with the glorious John Lithgow at its center... it's wise to recuse oneself from delivering a verdict too quickly.
For now, Error works because of its well-timed jokes, insightful wit and the actors' commitment to these oddball characters, if you can keep up.
Call me crude, immature, and jejune-editors do, all the time-but I cannot help but feel a certain fondness for a show in which characters have names like Judge Horsedich. And any comedy casting Shepherd deserves special recognition.
Consistently funny and with surprisingly engaging twists for a comedy, Trial & Error commits few errors through its first three episodes.
NBC's latest mockumentary sitcom is somehow an irrelevant spoof of modern crime documentaries. Aside from a few laughs and the fun of seeing John Lithgow at full blast again, it mostly misses what should have been an easy target.
Audience Reviews for Trial & Error: Season 1
Jun 14, 2019so damn funny, all the best stuff gets cancelled....
Oct 15, 2018fantastic showwwwwwwww nbc reneeeeewwwww
Jul 03, 2018I'm dumbfounded by the positive reviews for this series. I had watched the first episode but it was so weak I never bothered to watch anymore. I recently tried again to watch the first season after seeing positive reviews and was only able to drag myself through 7 episodes before bailing. The only reason I stayed was that I was expecting some sort of change in quality, based on the reviews. It never came. The jokes are strickly sitcom level with setup/punchline, like clockwork or better yet, a metronome. In fact, the jokes are so obvious that you know what the punchline is before it comes. all the time! That's all bad enough but on top of this incompetence is the premise of the show, all southerners are inbred, probably racist idiots. Inbred, racist idiots can be funny if the material supports it but there is nothing there there. It seems that what they are trying to capture is the sort of bonkers atmosphere of the Bob Newhart series where he is the B&B owner. In that show, there were all kinds of wacky characters with the sane and befuddled Bob in the middle but the writing was much better and well, Bob Newhart.
Dec 12, 2017It is a silly show but it makes you laugh really hard!
May 12, 2017The supporting cast carries this one. John Lithgow in particular is hilarious! Hope he's back for season 2. :)
Apr 29, 2017Just a really bad show that is so stupid it is annoying to watch.
Apr 25, 2017Best comedy on television! SEASON TWO WITH MARTIN SHORT PLAYING PHIL SPECTOR!
Apr 18, 2017I absolutely love this show! I find it refreshing. I absolutely love John Lithgow, and find him best when quirky. I hope this show makes it another season, would be greatly disappointed if it didn't!
Apr 14, 2017Funny, and of course John Lithgow is hilarious!