Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (2014)

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Welcome to Sweden

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Charming and smartly composed, Welcome to Sweden offers fun summer fare from the talented Poehler siblings despite its familiar tropes.

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Critic Ratings: 29

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User Ratings: 109

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Air date: Jul 10, 2014

Bruce, a celebrity accountant, moves to Sweden with his girlfriend, Emma, as she pursues a prestigious career in the premiere of this comedy series. As he deals with starting over in a new country, Bruce faces unique challenges and culture clashes while struggling to impress Emma's Swedish family.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2014

Bruce and Emma struggle to find alone time while living with her parents. Elsewhere, Bruce takes a language class and makes friends with an Iraqi immigrant; and Will Ferrell, a former client of Bruce's, drops by, but Bruce senses ulterior motives behind the visit.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2014

Bruce and Emma try to prove their love at the immigration office. Meanwhile, Emma believes Bruce is being stalked by his former client, Aubrey Plaza (playing herself); and client Amy Poehler (playing herself) needs professional assistance.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2014

Bruce seeks a job in Sweden. Meanwhile, Bruce feels neglected when Emma begins making plans without him; Hassan teaches Bruce to drive; former client Gene Simmons (playing himself) has IRS problems and sets out to get Bruce's help.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2014

Bruce has trouble fitting in with Emma's friends due to language barriers. Meanwhile, Bruce attempts to win over Viveka; an unforeseen turn marks Bruce's friendship with Hassan; and Bruce receives surprising news from his parents.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2014

Bruce's parents visit, leading to a culture clash with Emma's parents. Meanwhile, Bruce tries to prove that moving to Sweden was a good idea, and Emma shares big news.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2014

Bruce receives an offer from Amy Poehler (playing herself) to return to New York to help her resolve a financial problem. Poehler will stop at nothing to get Bruce's aid, even enlisting Aubrey Plaza (playing herself) to help get him back to the U.S. Meanwhile, Bruce sets out to work as a celebrity money manager.

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Family dramas impact Bruce and Emma's plans to return to America. Elsewhere, Bruce gives flirting tips to Bengt, and Emma's ex-flame arrives.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2014

Bruce returns to America to help former client Amy Poehler (playing herself) resolve her financial woes. In Sweden, Emma ponders her relationship with Bruce as she deals with the arrival of her former boyfriend, and Viveka tries to recapture her youth. Aubrey Plaza also guest stars.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2014

Bruce lands in a compromising position with Aubrey Plaza (playing herself) in the Season 1 finale. Also: Emma tries to reconnect her parents with Gustav's help; and Bruce must overcome obstacles in his quest to return to Sweden. Amy Poehler guest stars.

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Critic Reviews for Welcome to Sweden Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (20)

All charm and smarts, the best new NBC comedy in a long time. A winner.

Jul 8, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Charming and subtly hilarious.

Jul 8, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If Welcome to Sweden doesn't work, its failure won't be epic. But during what used to be the throwaway summer season, this is a shining example of a comedy series that has a lot going for it in a smaller way.

Jul 3, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Welcome to Sweden" is the antithesis to "Parks and Recreation."

Aug 7, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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Looks like Amy Poehler isn't the only one in the family with a sharpened funny bone. Brother Greg Poehler is quite charming in Welcome to Sweden.

Jul 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Welcome to Sweden is engaging for its exotic Scandinavian setting and warm visual style. It's a winning mix of low-key charm and robust humor.

Jul 10, 2014 | Full Review…

With comedy this uninspired, you'd be better off trading these stale sitcoms for classic reruns.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Sweden is a quiet, gently amusing comedy.

Jul 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Welcome to Sweden mines laughs from mildly uncomfortable situations and awkwardness in a way that no NBC show has since the good old days of the Steve Carell-lead Office.

Jul 14, 2014 | Full Review…

It's flush with endearment and sincerity. Somehow, it avoids the saccharine.

Jul 14, 2014 | Rating: 6.3/10 | Full Review…

The Poehlers' sense of comedic timing is eerie and wonderful.

Jul 10, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Stick with it. NBC provided all ten episodes (lucky me!) and the more I watched, the more I fell in love with it.

Jul 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Welcome to Sweden: Season 1

  • Oct 30, 2017
    This show falls flat with it's overplayed 'americans-abroad' stereotypes. Bruce's character is annoying, ignorant, and on some levels offensive. I don't know anyone who acts this way and I wouldn't want to know someone like Bruce. His character alone makes this show unbearable for me. At least it's a good example of how NOT to be an obnoxious 'American tourist'.
  • May 18, 2016
    Just plain boring series, watched first episode then quick watch another 5 episode. Nothing special, lame joke... just lame.
  • Aug 15, 2014
    The same tired Amy Pohler bullshit with a different title. This show is the same awful experience as watching the Pohler Old Navy commercials without the merciful reality that we only have to see her sickening, nauseating, vomit inducing, dreadfully tired, pathetically miserable attempt at "comedy" for 30 seconds in the commercials. Someday if an alien civilization visits earth and finds the trail of trash left by Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey and Amy Pohler they will likely think that all life on the planet was exterminated in a form of a mercy killing of an illiterate society of people who possessed brains the size of BB's and less taste than a sautéed kotex who were easily amused and enjoyed hearing the same “joke”, that wasn’t funny the first time, over and over and over and over and over. This garbage is just more proof that the collective American mentality has degraded to the level of mentally challenged 3 year olds. The people who find Pohler comedy to be funny are the same individuals who listen to fart recordings and laugh uncontrollably at each and every sound.
  • Aug 09, 2014
    Sorry, but I just don't like Bruce (the main character). I feel like the show could be so much more if they ditched some of the cliched fish out of water story lines. And if they make Bruce less...I don't know...annoying? Or something? I can't quite put my finger on it...but I just don't like him or find him charming at all.
  • Aug 05, 2014
    It's "cute" but so far, slow and laugh-lite. But it manages to be likable enough. Hoping it sharpens up.
  • Jul 31, 2014
    I was angry that I watched the whole episode. My brain kept telling me 'Turn it off! I'm dying!', but I didn't listen. I watched it. It's a terrible show. The only redeeming factor in the whole show is the hot blonde. The end.
  • Jul 25, 2014
    there are so many commercials in Welcome to Sweden that it is difficult to watch.
  • Jul 17, 2014
    Something tells me you have to know some Swedish people to get all that this has to offer. Found quite a bit of real life in this.
  • Jul 12, 2014
    Odd, and unfunny, Welcome to Sweden is a huge letdown. Not once during the pilot didn't even share a smirk. Such a shame for a show that seemed to have potential.
  • Jul 10, 2014
    Unoriginal, and unfunny.

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