What About Joan: Season 1 (2001)

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Season 1
What About Joan

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Despite Joan Cusack's winning personality, What About Joan falters due to its terrible writing, flat jokes, and lackluster casting.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 27, 2001
2
Air date: Apr 3, 2001
3
Air date: Apr 10, 2001
4
Air date: Apr 17, 2001
5
Air date: Apr 24, 2001
6
Air date: May 1, 2001
7
Air date: May 8, 2001
8
Air date: May 15, 2001
9
Air date: May 22, 2001

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Critic Reviews for What About Joan Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

What About Joan looks and feels way too much like every other lame sitcom. It doesn't have the energy or the chemistry of a Will & Grace breakout, and it's definitely nowhere near as spastic or original as Malcolm in the Middle.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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There's room for improvement in What About Joan, but Cusack is the right star at the right time in what may turn out to be the right show.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

What's not so great about the show is that [Joan] Cusack is so neurotic that everything she says seems to carry with it the threat of sudden self-immolation.

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The show is smart and sweet, and [Joan] Cusack is adorably down-to-earth.

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What About Joan is full of clever and cute touches, smart dialogue, believably zany characters and a sense of being very contemporary even though few if any topical names are dropped.

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I just found [Joan] Cusack's character, meant to be kooky and charming, mostly offputting. She blurts out words like "charlatan," and it's funny. And she certainly suggests a rich inner life. But she doesn't know when to pull back.

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What About Joan boasts some bright writing and an appealing ensemble, which comes together like H2 and O.

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What About Joan has a good sense of its lead character, but the supporting cast is not quite up to muster.

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[Joan] Cusack is surrounded by people with whom she has no chemistry, and the writing seems to get worse with each episode.

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[Joan] Cusack is certainly an appealing actress and she does her best mugging her way through the thin material in the first two episodes. Chandler, however, plays such a dull guy that he makes Thomas Gibson (Greg) seem like Gilbert Gottfried.

Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There are [James L.] Brooks touches here, but while they were brilliant and seminal when they first appeared, they've been recycled too many times.

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Joan Cusack is an enormously gifted comic actress. And this new series is nothing if not a showcase for the star's talents. Yet there were times during the first two episodes when I wanted to tell her, "Relax -- you passed the audition already."

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