Critic Consensus: Trial & Error hilariously parodies the true-crime genre with consistent laughs, irreverently funny "stupid humor," and animated characters who populate the show's dependably entertaining narratives.
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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.
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